Intel’s Arc “Limited Edition” graphics card made an appearance earlier this week, during the Intel Extreme Master (IEM) Pro gaming tournament that is being held in the US state of Texas this weekend, no less. In addition, the chipmaker was also giving attendees a sneak peek, or rather a preview of the card’s performance.
The ARC Limited Edition’s presence at the Intel-themed tournament was made by Bryce_GfxDriverGuru (@theBryceIsRt), who also happens to be one of the official Arc Community Advocates for Intel. Having said that, it should be noted that exactly which GPU it is – speculations and rumours on the web have narrowed the card down to being either an A770 or A780, both of which are expected to be on part with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 – was not made known to the public.
That being said, the public display of the ARC Limited Edition does confirm some points about the card’s aesthetics. Based on what we can see, the fans on the card’s cooling solution show that each unit has at least 15 blades. Moreover, the backplate of the card is still true to Intel’s original design, when it first gave the world a glimpse of it during ARC’s grand launch back in March this year.
Strangely enough, none of Bryce’s pictures seem to show the top of the ARC Limited Edition, but initial rumours have said that the card will be shipping out with five outputs, comprising four DisplayPort ports and one HDMI port. It is still not known officially if these ports will support 8K output, although many are expecting it to, given that the high-end cards of its rivals in both the green and red camp already do.
As far as internal specs go, the ARC Limited Edition is alleged to have up to 32 Xe Cores, along with 16GB GDDR6 of graphics memory.
As for when the Intel ARC Limited Edition Graphics card is expected to debut, the card was expected sometime this quarter, but those plans were squashed after Intel announced further delays, citing factory lockdowns and software issues as the chief suspects.