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Intel announced today that Arc is the new, proper brand name for their upcoming high-performance discreet graphics hardware, based upon the Xe architecture with the first named Alchemist arriving in 2022.

With Intel Xe being a scalable architecture, it will power multiple generations of devices so Intel are clearly preparing a roadmap for the long-game to compete alongside AMD and NVIDIA. Intel mentioned that it's based specifically only Xe-HPG which is a "convergence of Intel's Xe LP, HP and HPC microarchitectures".

"Today marks a key moment in the graphics journey we started just a few years ago. The launch of the Intel Arc brand and the reveal of future hardware generations signifies Intel’s deep and continued commitment to gamers and creators everywhere. We have teams doing incredible work to ensure we deliver first-class and frictionless experiences when these products are available early next year." — Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions

Not much else has been revealed about Intel Arc today other than codenames for future generations including "Battlemage", "Celestial" and "Druid". We're expecting to learn a lot more later this year. For now they've mentioned supporting hardware-based ray tracing, artificial intelligence-driven super sampling and full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate (once again like other vendors Vulkan doesn't get mentioned much or at all - but Vulkan will be fully supported).

So we have AMD FSR, NVIDIA DLSS and now Intel are going to have something as well. Considering Intel are pretty pro open-source, it will be fun to see what they're cooking up.

No exact date yet for Intel Arc Alchemist, other than Q1 2022. Intel say it will be available for desktops and notebooks. You can learn more and see a video of it in action on their official website or on their Twitter post.

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Shmerl 16 Aug
It's good to note that radv relies on Intel developers' work that was done for Vulkan in Mesa as well.
jrt 16 Aug
Competition is good. But why are companies so incapable of naming products?
Intel ARC vs. Intel ARK. There will be no confusion at all!
So the news here is . . . they've branded it?
einherjar 16 Aug
Interesting more hardware to come, but will it be in stock and purchasable at a reasonable price?
sub 16 Aug
Intel has convinced so many bright heads to join this GPU project years ago,
I'm sure this will pay for them and us.
Even if not with the very first line up.
Nocifer 16 Aug
I can't wait for the moment when it will be a "no-brainer" for gamers to build their über gaming PC with an AMD CPU and an Intel discrete GPU. Oh how the tides turn.
Quoting: NociferI can't wait for the moment when it will be a "no-brainer" for gamers to build their über gaming PC with an AMD CPU and an Intel discrete GPU. Oh how the tides turn.

"Nvidia, f**k YOU!" -Linus Torvalds in Helsinki (2012)
F.Ultra 16 Aug
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Quoting: jrtCompetition is good. But why are companies so incapable of naming products?
Intel ARC vs. Intel ARK. There will be no confusion at all!
Quoting: jrtCompetition is good. But why are companies so incapable of naming products?
Intel ARC vs. Intel ARK. There will be no confusion at all!

Almost as good as their coming cpu naming scheme: 10nm -> Intel 7 -> Intel 4 -> Intel 3 -> Intel 20A (lower is better until higher is better again).


Last edited by F.Ultra on 16 August 2021 at 10:09 pm UTC
slembcke 17 Aug
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I welcome the competition, especially with how open source friendly they have been recently.
furaxhornyx 17 Aug
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QuoteNot much else has been revealed about Intel Arc today other than codenames for future generations including "Battlemage", "Celestial" and "Druid".

Can't wait for the Necromancer class
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