How good is Intel Arc?

With RTX 4090s now out in the wild and RDNA3 on the near horizon, how good is the Intel Arc GPU platform

How good is Intel Arc?

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Intel Arc proves to be great for the statement that Intel stands for. The new Arc GPUs are affordable and, according to Intel’s own data, offer better performance than their direct competitor, Nvidia’s RTX 3060. Let’s see just how good Intel Arc really is on the cusp of behemoths, like the 4090 and RDNA3.

Intel released an announcement on its blog discussing Intel Arc performance, specifically its A770 and A750 GPUs. The firm claims, with proof, that the A700 series “beats the 3060 in most modern titles using DirectX 12 or Vulkan APIs and our GPUs aren’t far behind in most DX11 games.” It’s some hefty promises for a product set at a much lower price point.

Alchemist, Intel’s underlying naming convention for the A700, series is based on a modern architecture that allows it to improve the performance of the 2021 Nvidia RTX 3060. The A770 will support AI Super Sampling with XeSS, which means that it will use AI upscaling to boost frame rates at higher resolutions while including dedicated hardware ray tracing acceleration.

All of this translates into 32 Xe cores, 32 ray-tracing units, and a 2,100MHz graphics clock. The A750, on the other hand, boasts 28 Xe cores, 28 ray-tracing units, and a 2,050MHz graphics clock.

Even so, there’s nothing quite like real facts and raw data. Intel released their benchmarks comparing both their A750 and A770 cards against the RTX 3060, showing performance on games that run on DX11 and DX12. The results were actually quite stunning. 

We can see in games like Call of Duty: Vanguard that the average FPS while playing in 1080p Ultra climbs up to 86. The RTX 3060 can only perform at 68 FPS, proof enough of how much Intel has retrofitted its Arc GPUs for some hefty gains without breaking the bank. Some of the same improvements are witnessed in other more popular titles, like Tom Clancy’s The Division, Fortnite, and Cyberpunk 2077.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows