Intel is going to take on Nvidia with its Arc A770 graphics card at just $329

intel is going to take on nvidia with its arc.jpg
intel is going to take on nvidia with its arc.jpg

After several months of waiting, Intel has finally unveiled the release date and price of its next Arc A770 graphics card. As powerful as an RTX 3070, it will however be displayed almost half the price.

Intel Arc A770

Intel has finally announced the launch date for its Arc series of graphics cards, which we had already been able to test some time ago. Intel had already launched the Arc 1380 in China a few months ago, but the graphics cards are finally coming to us next month. The Intel Arc A770 will launch first and will be available on October 12.

This announcement comes just a week after the release of Nvidia’s RTX 4090 and RTX 4080, which surprised with their performance, but above all with their very high prices. Intel therefore intends to tackle the market share of its new competitor with its first graphics cards. The Arc model, which would be almost as powerful as an RTX 3070would arrive at a very affordable price of only 329 dollars, which is almost half the price compared to the card from Nvidia.

What technical characteristics for Intel graphics cards?

In terms of specifications, the Intel Arc A770 packs 32 Xe cores, 32 ray tracing units, and 512 Intel Ce Matrix Extensions Engines, as well as 512 Xe Vector Engines. The GPU is clocked at 2100 Mhz and its total power on board (TBP) is 225 W. There are two variants of the Intel Arc A770, one with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, and one with only 8 GBwhich also has slightly lower bandwidth.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said the A770 will offer peak ray tracing performance 65% better than the “competition”, without further details. The A770 will also support XeSS, an AI-based image reconstruction and super sampling technology from Intel. In Vulkan and DX12, Intel seems confident in the performance of the A770. But with DX11 and older APIs, not really.

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It will therefore be necessary wait for the tests before knowing more about their performance. Intel hasn’t mentioned the upcoming A750 or A580 graphics cards, so they will likely ship at a later date.