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Intel Arc is finally going to drop. The Company is been promising the release of Arc desktop GPUs since last year, and one’s now within reach.
It was first stated that ‘Alchemist’ cards would release in the summer, but Intel ended up delaying the drop, to only release the entry-level Arc A380, which was a fairly solid arrival, but nothing out of this world. And certainly not for gaming.
The A770 and the A750 are what desktop GPU watchers are looking forward to seeing, once they arrive in stores.
Intel Arc release date
Intel made an announcement on its official YouTube channel stating that the long-expected Intel Arc A770 will be available Wednesday, October 12.
The fact that this time it was Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger who revealed the drop date gives us certainty, after months of guessing games and cancellation rumors.
At this point, Intel’s delays aren’t unusual. It first delayed the launch of its Meteor Lake processors, promising a substitute, Raptor Lake, to be released this month.
As for Meteor Lake, it’s been moved back to 2023 and 2024 for laptops and desktops respectively.
On the other hand, Intel is now focusing on letting the public (and competitors) know it’s committed to releasing mid-range GPUs that may change the graphic cards market as we know it; both in price and performance.
We all have Intel’s upcoming releases and updates at the forefront of our minds. What is clear is that Intel is doing its best to change the market’s perception of its business and to step up over the competitors.
Intel Arc price
Intel is reportedly placing the Arc A7700 at a starting price of $329, while its sibling the Arc A750 could be placed at a starting price of $289. Those prices would generally drive impressive performance per $ at the level Intel is pitching them – at the RTX 3060 ($370) and the RTX 3050 ($340) respectively.
The prices look really competitive, but that will depend on Intel Arc’s overall performance profile in independent benchmarks. . We’ll know more on the latest Intel Arc release date – October 12.
But for now, it’s interesting that we’ll at least see a new look to discrete graphics in 2022.