Since it was quietly released, the Intel Arc A380 discrete GPU has garnered mostly unfavorable reviews. While early benchmarks showed promise, testing the GPU in real gaming scenarios showed it can’t even keep up with the entry-level AMD Radeon RX 6400.
Now there’s information coming straight from the source: Intel revealed the official data for the A380 GPU, including benchmarks and specs. With some honest insight into the actual GPU performance, things are starting to look a little less bleak for the Intel A380.
The Intel Arc Alchemist A380 news is starting to give us a whiplash – will it be a decent budget GPU or will it be crushed by the weight of the competition from comparable but well-tested and proven options from Nvidia and AMD? The jury is still out on that, but this time at least we got a round of reliable information about the GPU.
After past leaks and benchmarks, we’ve now got word from Intel itself, complete with the full specs of the company’s first discrete GPU and a long list of benchmarks. While benchmarks coming straight from the manufacturer may seem vague to some, Intel seems to have done its due diligence to ensure the results aren’t skewed in its favor, so the tests look pretty credible. Let’s dig.
The Intel Arc A380 comes with a total of 1,024 FP32 cores (8 Xe cores) and 6 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 16 Gbps over a 96-bit bus. The clock speed can be bumped up to 2.35 GHz on the reference model and we already know that the modified version of Gunnir goes up to 2.45 GHz. The A380’s TBP ranges from less than 75 watts at 2GHz to over 80W at an increased clock speed.
Intel also mentions a power option beyond 87 watts, which will likely be used by custom card designs, such as the aforementioned Gunnir dual-fan GPU with a TBP of 92 watts.
Attached to the specs is a list of 20 benchmarks in which Intel compares its graphics card to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and the AMD Radeon RX 6400. Each GPU was tested on a system with an Intel Core i5-12600K, one of the best Intel processors. , an MSI Pro Z690-A motherboard and 32 GB DDR4 RAM, as well as a 4 TB NVMe SSD. It’s unlikely the Arc A380 would be in such a system as it’s an entry-level card, but all three GPUs were on a level playing field as they were all tested with the same components.
Intel put the three graphics cards to the test in 1080p gaming on medium settings. In all games, the Intel Arc A380 was able to reach more than 60 frames per second (fps). However, it was still beaten by its rivals in most of them, and when it won it was by a relatively small margin. Here’s what gives these benchmarks more weight – Intel wasn’t trying to inflate the GPU’s performance and just showed it as it is. The benchmarks are also quite similar to what we’ve seen before.
You can see the full list of fps results at Wccftech, the publication that managed to obtain these results from Intel. To give you a quick summary, Intel’s Arc A380 could compete with the AMD Radeon RX 6400. It was largely outdone by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, but again, there were exceptions. Intel even managed to beat AMD in Total War: Troy, The Witcher 3, F1 2021 and Naraka: Bladepoint.
We’ve seen the GPU do well in synthetic benchmarks, even beating the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT (and lagging behind the RTX 3050, albeit not by much), so it’s possible that the problem isn’t in the hardware, but the software. Perhaps with further optimizations at Intel’s end, the card’s power will become more apparent in gaming. Right now, Intel has to compete on price and availability, and with GPU prices falling rapidly, that could prove tricky.