Having narrowly missed its goal of a summer release, Intel finally set the launch date for its long-awaited ARC Alchemist graphics cards and more specifically, the A770 Limited Edition. As per Pat Gelsing, CEO of Intel, the card will be available from 12 October onwards, with a starting retail price of US$329 (~RM1519).
The choice of date for the A770 Limited Edition’s launch is a bold one, to say the least; 12 October is also when NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card is slated for availability. And while Intel’s GPU is technically a flagship component, it’s clearly not a card that is on the same level as team green’s own flagship.
As a quick recap on its specifications, the A770 will feature the full-fat ACM-G10 GPU, which comes with 32 Xe-Cores, 32 ray-tracing units, and 512 XMX Enginers. Additionally, the card will be available in both 8GB and 16GB GDDR6 graphics memory, although it should be pointed out that the Limited Edition model is only available in the 16GN configuration. That means that the US$329 starting price of the card may be in reference to the 8GB variant, and won’t be available in the reference shroud.
As for the performance, Intel says that the A770 will offer up to 65% better peak performance compared to the competition, but falls short of specifying which card it is technically better than. However, seeing how the card’s output is expected to be on par with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 at best, the bar could very well be said GPU, or even an RTX 3060.
Surprisingly, Gelsinger didn’t talk much about the ARC A750 or A580 GPUs, nor did he talk about their pricing. That said, he did promise that there will be more information about the A750 later this week, which could possibly mean this Friday at latest.
The Intel ARC A770 Limited is already being shipped out to reviewers. We’ve reached out to Intel to see if we could get a unit shipped to us for the review as well. So, stay tuned for that.