Intel entry-level ARC Alchemist Gaming graphics card with up to 8 Xe-HPG GPU cores, 6 GB GDDR6 memory and $ 179 US prices

New details regarding Intel’s entry-level ARC Alchemist graphics card powered by the Xe-HPG GPU architecture have been revealed by Moore’s Law is Dead.

Intel entry-level ARC Alchemist graphics card with Xe-HPG GPU to rock 6 GB of memory, will compete with AMD Navi 24 and NVIDIA GA107 GPUs

The Intel ARC Alchemist will include the top- and entry-level segments. MLID already provided insight into the 512 EU part, so now we have shifted our focus towards the entry-level lineup that will be launched in Q1 2022 for laptops (Dell / ASUS) and followed by a desktop launch later (Q2 of 2022) as rumors).

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Intel Xe-HPG 128 EU ARC Alchemist graphics card

The beginner-level Intel Xe-HPG Alchemist graphics cards will be based on 128 EU SKU. The top configuration is again a full-fat SKU with 1024 cores in 8 Xe cores, a 96-bit bus interface and up to 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. The core clocks for this specific GPU SKU are expected to be between 2.2-2.5 GHz on the TSMC 6nm process node.

Intel’s Entry-Level Xe-HPG ARC Alchemist gaming graphics card details have been leaked. (Image credit: MLID)

Interestingly, this is an upgrade over the previous specifications, which only mentioned a 64-bit bus interface and 4GB of memory for the same SKU. It seems that the desktop variants will be the ones that offer the advanced 96-bit (6 GB) GDDR6 configuration with a time of 16 Gbps, while the variants of laptops can stick to 64-bit (4/8 GB) GDDR6 configuration with time to 14 Gbps.

The cut-off variant comes with 96 EUs or 768 cores and a 64-bit bus interface. The card has been rumored with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, but the source says that we can not rule out the possibility of a 3 GB variant either. Both cards will have a 75W power consumption, which means we will be looking at plug-in graphics cards for the entry-level segment.

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Performance is expected to land between the GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 SUPER, but with raytracing features. A big advantage that Intel could have over AMD and Intel is that with these cards they can enter the US market under $ 200, which has been completely abandoned in the current generation of cards. The GeForce RTX 3050 series has only gotten a portable release so far with the RTX 3060 serving the entry-level Ampere segment for $ 329 US, while the RX 6600 is expected to be AMD’s entry-level solution for around $ 300 US. There’s a recent rumor that AMD is planning to launch the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT & RX 6400 desktop graphics card, so this may be the first true competition against Intel’s entry-level part.

This GPU will be very similar to the Intel Xe-LP GPU-based discrete SDV card, but Alchemist will have a more improved architecture design and definitely more performance enhancement compared to the first generation Xe GPU architecture. This lineup will definitely be aimed at the discreet beginner-level desktop market based on the specifications.

Intel Xe-HPG-based discrete Alchemist GPU configurations:

GPU variant Variant for graphics card GPU dies Execution units Shadow units (cores) Memory capacity Memory bus TGP
Xe-HPG 512EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 512 EUs 4096 16/8 GB GDDR6 256-bit 225-275W?
Vehicle HPG 384EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 384 EUs 3072 12/6 GB GDDR6 192-bit 225-275W?
Vehicle HPG 256EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 256 EUs 2048 8/4 GB GDDR6 128-bit 150-200W?
Vehicle HPG 192EU ARC A *** Alchemist-512EU 192 EUs 1536 4 GB GDDR6 128-bit 150-200W?
Xe-HPG 128EU ARC A *** Alchemist-128EU 128 EUs 1024 8/6/4 GB GDDR6 96/64-bit 50-75W?
Vehicle HPG 96EU ARC A *** Alchemist-128EU 86 EUs 768 8/6/4 GB GDDR6 96/64-bit 50-75W?

Based on the timeline, the Xe-HPG Alchemist series will compete with NVIDIA’s Ampere & AMD RDNA 2 GPUs, as both companies are not expected to launch their next-generation parts by the end of 2022. NVIDIA and AMD are expected to release updates in early 2022, so it may give Intel’s new lineup some competition, but based on current performance expectations, the update may not bring drastic performance differences to the lineup. The Xe-HPG ARC GPUs will also come to the mobility platform and will be featured in Alder Lake-P notebooks.

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