Intel’s long-promised desktop GPUs are finally close to gamers around the world. As part of its many announcements, Intel has confirmed that the Arc A770 GPU will be available on October 12 in a range of models starting at $329. As the price suggests, this is fully focused on the GeForce RTX 3060, Radeon RX 6650 XT, and others. mid-tier video cards – Intel claims both “1440p gaming performance” and up to 65 percent stronger “peak” ray tracing performance than rivals, though it didn’t name specific hardware.
Like competitors, Intel relies as much on AI as it does on pure computing power. The Arc A770 supports Xe Super Sampling (XeSS) which, like NVIDIA’s DLSS or AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution, uses AI upscaling to increase frame rates at higher resolutions. It supports Intel’s dedicated and integrated GPUs and should be available in more than 20 games by the end of 2022.
Tom’s Hardware notes that Intel’s first mainstream desktop GPU, the Arc A380, was exclusive to China. This is the first chance many outside of that country will have to buy a discrete Intel graphics card.
Intel will ship the A770 later than expected, with the GPU committing this summer. Still, the timing could be right. NVIDIA is currently focusing its attention on the high-end with the RTX 40 series, while AMD hasn’t done much more than speed up the RX 6000 line. The A770 can stand out as a viable option for budget-conscious gamers, especially when GPUs like the RTX 3060 still have higher official prices.
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