Intel’s Arc A580 GPU takes on the RTX 3050 — but who wins?

An upcoming Intel Arc GPU has just popped up, and it’s one we haven’t seen much of yet: the Arc A580.

Intended to bridge the gap between the Arc A380 and A750, the graphics card has received little coverage so far. Now we know more about it thanks to an Ashes of the Singularity database entry. Can it compete with the entry-level Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050?

Axis of the singularity

Intel’s upcoming Arc A580 is expected to feature 16 Xe-Cores, 8 GB of GDDR6 memory over a 128-bit bus, and an estimated bandwidth of 256 GB/s. It’s an entry-level model that many compare to Nvidia’s RTX 3050, but the current benchmark puts it in direct competition with an even better GPU.

The Intel Arc A580 was spotted by VideoCardz in an Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. It was linked to a technical example of an Intel processor with 16 cores. This may be an Intel Raptor Lake example, but there’s no way to really say it. The benchmark itself isn’t very informative in terms of specs or system configuration, but it does tell us how the Arc A580 fared when it comes to frames per second (fps).

Spotted at the minimum 1080p preset, the Arc A580 scored 9,300 points and averaged 95 fps. The graphics card has been tested with the Vulkan API as opposed to DirectX 12. This doesn’t matter, as Intel Arc prefers both DX 12 and Vulkan over older APIs like DirectX 11. For that reason, this was the dream scenario for the GPU, and it did. it very well. This fps range puts the GPU on par with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – but we shouldn’t get too excited just yet.

While the RTX 3060 has the same score in the same Ashes of the Singularity test, it is important to note that this test is not a very accurate representation of the card’s performance. Additionally, as mentioned above, Intel Arc does well with newer APIs, but that score would likely drop if DX11 was in use. On the other hand, since the RTX 3060 is a lot faster than the RTX 3050, this is good news for the A580.

If the Arc A580 can compete with the RTX 3060 in this test, it should be able to keep up with the RTX 3050 in general terms. Beyond the gaming performance, we know that Intel Arc will provide access to AV1 encoding, Intel XeSS and ray tracing, so if the card is priced correctly it could be a good deal. If Intel keeps the price low, around $200 to $230, it will be easier to draw attention to this GPU.

For now, the only GPU with any worldwide availability is the budget Arc A380. Priced at just $140, it proved Intel is in business when it claims to be competitive in price. Let’s hope that trend lasts for the rest of the lineup when it finally releases.

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