We’re finally starting to see Intel’s Arc discrete desktop graphics cards popping up outside of China, like yesterday’s exhaustive testing of the bare-bones Arc A380 by Gamers Nexus. Today, Intel is releasing some of its own information: a set of benchmarks for the Arc A750, which by all indications will be the company’s mainstream high-end option. A new video straight from Intel breaks down the performance.
Yeah, sort of. The short video shows a short clip of the A750 in action Cyberpunk 2077than a series of benchmarks in that game, Borderlands 3, Control, F1 2021, and Fortnite, compared to Nvidia’s mid-range GeForce RTX 3060, both running on identical Core i9 setups at 1440p. That’s a pretty good spread of titles in terms of performance. And in those terms, the A750 shows a consistent framerate advantage of about 15 percent.
That’s a promising result, as the A380 struggled to match even the Radeon RX 6400, one of the cheapest and least powerful cards on the market with a modern GPU. But I should point out that Intel’s reporting of its own numbers is much less comprehensive than Gamers Nexus’ data. We see results from just five games in one configuration. As Intel itself points out, “Arc’s performance won’t look like this in all games.” Cynically, I should point out that Intel may have run benchmarks for a hundred different games and reported only the top five results against the RTX 3060.
It’s also important to note that Intel’s unique GPU architecture and its much less extensive experience in writing GPU drivers will be a big factor. We’ve already seen how much Arc GPUs rely on Resizable Base Address Memory (ReBAR), which allows the CPU to address the GPU’s built-in memory directly. Nvidia and AMD GPUs can use this technology, but for them it has a much less dramatic impact on performance. It seems reasonable to expect more variable performance from Intel Arc GPUs, on a game-to-game basis, than from the finely tuned rate of GeForce and Radeon cards.
We are still waiting for a broader global rollout for Arc desktop GPUs, scheduled for later this year. Hopefully, placing the Arc A750 directly against the RTX 3060 (which has a suggested retail price of $400) will give us an indication of the rough price.