Tests show that Intel Mobile Arc may not be as impressive as first thought

Many are still waiting for Intel to release its Arc desktop graphics card, but in the meantime tests are being conducted on the mobile variants.

When someone is in the market looking for a new graphics card there are currently only two choices, Nvidia or AMD. Luckily, graphics card prices keep coming down and there are enough choices from both companies. However, many have waited and waited intel finally unleashing what it has been promising for a while. The Arc mobile products were released not long ago, but the desktop variants have yet to hit shelves. During this time, some benchmark tests were run on the laptop GPUs with interesting results.


According to 3DMark Time Spy, as stated by Tom’s Hardware, a test was run on a laptop powered by the Intel A730 Mobile GPU chip. The result seems to indicate that Team Blue’s hardware is on par with the mobile version of Nvidia’s RTX 3060. The review goes on to say that this is a sign that the notebook is well suited for mid-range gaming. However, a more recent report from Videocardz suggests that the Arc GPU lands somewhere between the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060, being “barely faster” than the former.

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Given that the Intel Arc was originally touted as an RTX 3070 beater, and even outperformed the 3070 Ti in leaked benchmark tests, this will seem like a downgrade of sorts to many. It seems like the A730M can do something like that Metro Exodus, Assassin’s Creed: Odysseyand F1 2020to make it work metro at 70 fps at 1080p resolution and 55 fps at 1440p. This means it beats one of Nvidia’s previous generation GPUs, but apparently falls short of the aforementioned RTX 3060. Videocardz actually calls this more of an entry-level product, which might be a disappointment.

Additionally, Intel appears to have delayed the Arc desktop GPU, with recent speculation that the hardware may not come out until the fourth quarter of this year. This is quite a step backwards from what was originally thought to be the launch window, and many will see this bodes badly for Team Blue.

With Nvidia intending to launch the RTX 40 series soon and AMD hoping to launch its RDNA 3 architecture this year, the race for market dominance for the next generation of graphics cards is on. Unfortunately it looks like this intel is yet to launch, and judging by those results, the tech giant’s offering may not be what some were hoping for.

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Source: Toms Hardware, Videocardz

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