AMD takes a swing at Intel with claims of beating Arc GPUs

Intel hasn’t made any comparisons between its new discrete Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs and the competition, so AMD took it upon itself to fill in the missing information.

AMD compared the Intel A370M GPU to its own RX 6500M. The results weren’t great for Intel.

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Intel Arc Alchemist graphics cards have only just been released, so there aren’t many benchmarks for users to check out before choosing to buy a laptop with those GPUs. Intel has provided some comparisons to give an idea of ​​the performance of the A370M and A350M, but it mostly compared the GPUs to its own Iris Xe integrated graphics cards. Such a comparison will almost certainly favor Intel Arc, so it gives customers little idea of ​​what exactly to expect.

With only Intel benchmarks to go by, we could only speculate based on its specs to gauge the A370M’s performance. The company also did not send samples of the product to reviewers in advance. As such, until the first actual users receive their Intel Arc products, we wouldn’t have known much… without AMD.

AMD decided to compare its Radeon RX 6500M laptop graphics card to Intel’s A370M, which happens to be the top chip Intel currently offers. The GPUs have a very similar set of specs, so it’s not surprising to compare these two models.

AMD and Intel each have 4 GB of GDDR6 memory and the same power requirements, with a TDP range of 35 watts to 50 watts. The Intel Arc 370M has 8 Xe cores, which is equivalent to 1,024 FP32 cores, and AMD’s Navi 24 XM GPU has 16 compute units, which equates to the same. Both chips are produced on TSMC’s N6 process node. There’s a difference in the number of transistors, but it’s in Intel’s favor: it comes with 7.2 billion transistors versus AMD’s 5.4 billion.

On paper, these are comparable units and should deliver comparable performance. According to AMD’s findings, that’s not quite what we’re getting.

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AMD tested the cards at 1080p resolution and at medium settings with the aim of achieving a minimum of 80 frames per second (fps). The games used for this test were Hitman 3, Total War Saga: Troy, F1 2021, Strange Brigade (played on high settings), and Final Fantasy XIV. As can be seen in the top chart, AMD wins in each of those tests, with Intel never getting past 71 fps at any point.

This is a hard blow to Intel. Some games revealed a huge gap between the two GPUs. In F1 2021, for example, AMD managed to hit 135 fps, while Intel was far behind with only 63. Intel’s highest score of 71 comes from Final Fantasy XIV, where AMD maintained 99 frames per second.

As VideoCardz points out, Intel initially claimed to be able to deliver 90fps in 1080p gaming. However, the games used for that chart were completely different titles than what AMD used for this comparison. AMD most likely chose titles optimized for its GPUs to test the RX 6500M and compare it to the A370M. The same is probably true for Intel.

While this is an official benchmark, it’s hard to completely rely on tests coming from Intel’s direct competitor. One independent benchmark leaked on Twitter yesterday, with the performance of the A350M GPU. It landed in a similar margin to Nvidia’s slightly dated GTX 1650 graphics card. We’ll have to wait for more users to get their hands on Intel Arc before we can get benchmarks that are 100% unbiased.

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