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Arc Alchemist: Intel graphics cards in final stretch before first independent tests
Announced months ago, Intel's return to the graphics card market has never been so close, with reference models presented to some of the most famous Youtubers.
In the space of a few days, there has been a lot of buzz around the upcoming Arc Alchemist graphics cards, the first generation of Intel cards since the semiconductor giant announced its return as a direct competitor to AMD and NVIDIA. Arc Alchemist is already available on some laptops, especially in China, but we are talking about dedicated graphics cards for "desktop" PCs and an international release. First of all, there was talk of a kind of bus planned to criss-cross the United States and arrive in the middle of LANfest from September 30 to October 3, 2022: inside, 30 Intel NUC 12 Extreme Dragon Canyon-based gaming stations equipped with Intel Arc Alchemist cards.
Next, Gamer Nexus was the first to showcase a real Intel Arc Alchemist board in video. In this case, it was an Arc A750 model that Intel had not even announced yet. However, Gamer Nexus was not yet able to test this card and showed it simply to titillate gamers while testing the much more modest Arc A380. In the meantime, Intel confirmed the existence of this Arc A750 before comparing it to a GeForce RTX 3060. Intel then explained that its Arc A750 did better by more or less 7-10% than the NVIDIA model, and this, on the five games taken as examples: Borderlands 3, Control, Cyberpunk 2077, F1 2021 and Fortnite.
Finally, the last episode of this great saga, Intel paid a little visit to the Linus Tech Tips channel. There, Linus Sebastian took the opportunity to chat extensively with Intel representatives who had a nice surprise: the first Arc A770 model officially presented "to the public". This was the Limited Edition, whose cooling system had already been mentioned and which looks just like the Arc A750.
Both cards were presented as rather high-end models and therefore have a cooling system with two fans. They don't seem to be particularly imposing compared to the best AMD / NVIDIA solutions, but it should also be kept in mind that they don't compare to these "best solutions". Intel has reiterated that the Arc A750 is to be placed in front of the RTX 3060 or a Radeon RX6600 while the Arc A750 seems to be halfway between the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 or more or less on par with the Radeon RX6650XT.
Let's finish with a piece of information that this time comes neither from Intel nor from one of its communication strategy partners. According to WCCFTech, it is rather a leak made possible by the indiscretions of a Taiwanese reseller who let slip a slide presented by Intel to confirm the price positioning of its future graphics cards. We'll let you have a look at this graphic, keeping in mind that nothing is confirmed at this level and that the cards whose price is expressed in dollars will probably be more expensive in euros and with the application of taxes.