Intel Arc Alchemist: here’s what’s next for A580, A750, and A770

Everything you need to know about the rest of the A-series

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The future of Intel Arc Alchemist has now been officially confirmed. The brand’s mid and higher-end graphics cards being fully detailed. We now know the rest of the lineup’s full tech specs and model numbers.

All the upcoming Intel Arc A-series graphics cards are built upon ACM-G10 architecture with 406mm^2 die size, and 21.7 billion transistors. For the closest technical comparison from the competition, this aligns these three video cards with Nvidia RTX 3060 and AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT.

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Intel Arc A-series specs comparison

Intel Arc A580Intel Arc A750Intel Arc A770
24 Xe cores28 Xe cores32 Xe cores
24 RT units28 RT units32 RT units
384 XMX Engines448 XMX Engines512 XMX Engines
1700 MHz clock speed2050 MHz clock speed2100 MHz clock speed
8GB GDD6 memory8GB GDDR6 memory8GB / 16GB GDDR6 memory
512GB Gbps bandwidth512GB Gbps bandwidth560GB Gbps bandwidth
Potential MSRP: $200 – $249Potential MSRP: $279 – $349Potential MSRP: $349 – $399

What is the Intel Arc A580 equivalent to?

Keeping consistent with its mission to provide affordably priced video cards, the Intel Arc A580 is firmly pitted as an RTX 3050 competitor. Team blue’s officially published benchmarks confirm this. As the mid-range Alchemist GPU is billed as a 1440p video card through and through.

This is most evident when comparing the frame rates of relative performance between the two cards. Intel’s upcoming graphics card performs up to 1.17X better than Nvidia’s entry-level Ampere model in titles such as F1 2021, Cyberpunk 2077, Control, Borderlands 3, and Fortnite.

All games were tested on ‘High’ settings at 2560x1440p, with the Arc A750 boasting up to a 13% FPS increase in fairly demanding titles even in 2022. The one thing not stated by the benchmarks, however, is whether or not XeSS (A.I. upscaling) has been used to achieve these numbers. It’s currently unknown which games will officially support Intel’s image scaling tech.

Intel Arc A580 potential price

No official pricing has been given for the Intel Arc A580 at the time of writing. However, the commonly circulated MSRP appears to be around the $250 mark according to sources such as WCCF Tech. Should the leaked Intel Arc A-Series Desktop Product SKUs be accurate, then we can expect the pricing to come in between $200 and $299.

Intel Arc Alchemist 7 official renders and specs
The official specs list and render models for the A750 and A770. (Image Credit: Intel)

Intel Arc A750 performance

We have video confirmation from Intel itself of just how capable the A750 is as a gaming graphics card. 50 FPS is used as a minimum rate when testing the high-end GPU in 1080p at Ultra settings in DX12 compatible games.

In Full HD, the Arc A750 is no slouch at pushing the intensive titles. Coming in at around the 60 FPS average mark includes games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Battlefield 2042.

Coming in nearer to the 100 FPS mark are more well-optimized titles such as Deathloop, Ghostwire Tokyo, Sniper Elite 5, Resident Evil Village, and Hitman 3. Based on this information, it’s clear that the 8GB GDDR6 enabled graphics card can hold its own in this target resolution.

A direct comparison is made between the RTX 3060 and the Arc A750 here, with both cards performing incredibly closely with each other. It’s not entirely one-sided for either Intel or Nvidia, though, as performance seems neck and neck all things considered.

The 1440p performance of the Arc A750 is commendable. While not quite pushing Ultra settings, the High presets used still paint an encouraging picture. Playable framerates begin at 50 FPS and above, with both wallet-friendly Ampere and Alchemist tied in the latest titles.

Intel Arc A750 potential price

According to Videocardz, the Intel Arc A750 will cost around the $289 price range at release. Should this leak hold water, that would position the Alchemist high-end GPU significantly cheaper than the RTX 3060 at launch by a full $40. In order to be competitive, team blue needs to undercut the competition in order to stay in the running with video cards pushing two years of market availability.

Intel Arc Alchemist 7 graphics performance in 1440p.
Officially published benchmarks of the Arc A770’s ray tracing performance (Image Credit: Intel

Intel Arc A770 ray tracing performance

Intel’s official benchmarks for the Intel Arc A770 focus almost entirely on its flagship video card’s ray tracing performance, and the numbers speak for themselves. The manufacturer has now provided a detailed account of both 1080p and 1440p ray tracing figures natively and with XeSS A.I. upscaling technology in the latter resolution.

Intel’s honesty is appreciated in these comparison charts. For 1080p ray tracing gameplay, the minimum playable rate begins at 30 FPS, with all columns nearly marked against the RTX 3060. Cyberpunk 2077 runs at 30 FPS with ray tracing enabled as a minimum.

Rates become more impressive in games such as Hitman 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy, closing the gap on 60 FPS and perming significantly above the RTX 3060. Deathloop and Resident Evil Village even push upwards of 80 FPS.

1440p performance is more consistent, however. Utilizing XeSS in Performance mode, graphically intensive games are playable at well above the 60 FPS mark. This includes figures of 64 FPS in Ghostwire Tokyo, 68 FPS in Hitman 3, and 87 FPS in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Intel Arc A770 potential price

According to a specification and price leak originally reported by WCCF Tech, the Arc A770 will release for between $300 and $399 for the 8GB and 16GB variants. This would align the top-end Alchemist GPU with the MSRP that the RTX 3060 Ti carried at launch. 

The road ahead for the Intel Arc line following the success of Alchemist (Image Credit: Intel)

Is Intel Arc Alchemist worth it?

The Intel Arc Alchemist A-series could be worth it if the prices remain competitive. It’s worth remembering that the next generation from Nvidia is right around the corner. Rates will need to be wallet-friendly to deliver on the promises made. For those budget gamers after playable frame rates with ray tracing enabled, the latter options in the lineup could be worth considering if the Alchemist GPUs do not suffer from availability issues and keep the asking prices low. 

What could the future hold for Intel Arc?

Alchemist is just the start of Intel’s long-term plan to once again enter the dedicated graphics card market. The A-series, evidently, is aimed at the entry-level side of the spectrum when compared to the competition.

Should this line do well, then we can expect Battlemage (Xe² HPG), Celestial (Xe³ HPG), and Druid (Xe Next Architecture) in near future. If things go smoothly, we could be getting the next from Arc by this time next year in laptop and discrete form factors.

Now, this isn’t the first time that the chipset manufacturer has attempted to steal some thunder from Nvidia and AMD, as the canceled prototype Intel Larrabee in 2010 can attest. What’s more, the Xe Eiffel 6500 was spotted in 2020 in very limited numbers, but Arc is the first mainstream push towards consumer-grade GPUs in an extended period of time.

What is Intel XeSS?

Intel Xe Super Sampling is an A.I.-enhanced upscaling tech similar to the likes of Nvidia DLSS or AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution. All Alchemist GPUs feature both Xe and RT cores, with the former being equivalent to Nvidia’s Tensor cores. The combination of both allows for deep machine learning to render at a lower resolution and stream at a higher one for higher frame rates with minimal visual sacrifice.