Intel may have just leaked its Arc Alchemist GPU lineup

Intel Arc Alchemist beta drivers have leaked, listing many Intel GPUs, including a few that have not yet been announced.

The drivers, apart from the full range of Intel desktop and laptop GPUs, mention Intel Arc A-Pro – a GPU we’ve never heard of. Since these are the official drivers, has Intel leaked its entire Arc Alchemist lineup ahead of time?

Intel Arc Graphics Windows DCH Driver – BETA 30.0.1101.1732https://t.co/KmEIz8EhFF
Intel Game On Driver support for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt, Evil Dead: The Game and
Dolmen on Intel Arc A350M and A370M Graphics.

— 188号 (@momomo_us) May 15, 2022

The information comes from hardware leaker momomo_us on Twitter, who checked out the latest Intel beta graphics driver and found many interesting mentions of Intel Arc. The beta driver v30.0.101.173, in addition to the pre-existing integrated graphics cards and the mobile versions of Intel Arc, also includes the elusive desktop range of the lineup.

So far, the beta driver supports the only two GPUs already available in any capacity: the mobile Arc A370M and ARC A350M. Support also extends to all integrated GPUs on the Intel Alder Lake processors. What’s also interesting is that there’s a listing for the Intel Raptor Lake-S mobile graphics controller, which won’t be released for a few months. The expected launch of Intel’s 13th generation processors is in the second half of the year, but the graphics drivers have already made it to the official beta.

The list reveals Intel’s full range of mobile graphics cards, some of which have not yet been released. We have laptop GPUs ranging from the budget A350M (already launched) to the flagship A770M. The desktop lineup, which is still completely off the market, looks much the same, but the drivers give us a taste of the desktop GPUs we can expect to see later this year.

The lineup of Intel’s Arc DIY cards includes A310, A380, A580, A750 and finally the A770. There are also two mentions of “Pro” Arc graphics cards that we haven’t heard much about before. These include an Intel Arc Pro A30M laptop graphics card and Arc Pro A40/A50 graphics cards. Since previous leaks about the desktop Arc GPUs indicated that there would be a total of seven different variants, this seems to hold true, with up to five “Standard” models and two “Pro” versions.

There are many rumors circulating about the specifications of Intel’s desktop GPUs. While everything remains a bit up in the air until Intel confirms the specs of the entire lineup, it seems that the flagship Intel Arc A770 can compete with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 at best. So far, Intel seems to be focusing on the entry-level and midrange sectors, leaving the high-end battles to Nvidia and AMD.

Where does the Arc Pro fit into that equation? Again, it is impossible to say. Assuming it’s an improvement over the previously leaked GPUs doesn’t seem like long, but then again, there haven’t been many rumors that Intel might be working on a more premium GPU. Even if the Arc Pro hits the market, it might be a while before most users can actually try it out anyway.

To call the desktop version of Intel Arc “elusive” is no exaggeration. †

The budget-friendly Arc A3 line will be launched first as part of pre-built desktops made by Intel’s partners, followed by the release of standalone GPUs, again from the A3 series. Next, Intel Arc A5 and A7 graphics cards will appear in pre-builts, and this could not happen until late summer 2022.

When will the Intel Arc flagships go on sale so that desktop users can actually install them on their own PC? Intel hasn’t specified it yet. Considering that Nvidia and AMD will each release the next generation of graphics cards around the same time, this could be a tough move for Intel.

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