Arc Alchemist graphics cards powered by DG2 GPUs from Intel will have to fight with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT in the near future. The graphics processing units (GPUs) will be available in the first quarter of 2022.
The presentation was posted on Baidu, a Chinese social media platform, and it contains two different DG2 models to consider. It is expected that Intel would develop a SOC1 model, this is purely a GPU model, on which Intel can base several video card variants with different core numbers.
Based on the slide, Intel seems to be launching SOC1 video cards in the price segment between $300 and $499 early next year. These SOC1 GPUs get a TDP of 175W to 225W and have to compete with the GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060 from Nvidia, in addition to the Radeon RX 6700XT and RX 6600XT from AMD. The second model is codenamed SOC2 and will have a tdp of 75W, the slide claims. That model would go up against the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super in terms of performance. The GPU would be priced between 100 and 200 dollars, which is a reasonable range.
The details in this slide have not yet been confirmed and should therefore be taken with a grain of salt. The performance claims in the slides are consistent with previous rumors. Leaker Tum_Apisak already shared possible performance of an Intel DG2 graphics card with 448 execution units on Twitter in June, which would come close to GeForce RTX 3070 performance. However, the slide also mentions an unknown Radeon RX 6500 XT, which has not yet been officially announced. The 'RX' prefix is also missing from the product names of the AMD video cards.
Intel will release its upcoming video cards under the Arc name early next year. The first products, based on the DG2 GPU, will be codenamed Alchemist. At the beginning of this year , information about these DG2 chips appeared on Intel's website. There would be five variants with 96, 128, 256, 384 or 512 execution units and there is support for 4GB to 16GB of GDDR6 memory, with speeds from 14Gbit/s to 18Gbit/s. The chips are not made by Intel itself. Instead, the company will outsource production to TSMC, which will manufacture the GPUs on its 6nm node.