Arc A380: Intel graphics card performance revealed

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Intel’s first desktop graphics card has been officially launched in China and we get the first elements of comparison with the competition.

Intel has been communicating about its Arc Alchemist graphics cards for almost a year, but it must be recognized that the manufacturer has become more discreet in recent months, between delays and performance reduction. Originally, if Intel GPUs were to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30, they could eventually arrive at the same time as the RTX 40 series, and the performance gap will inevitably widen in Nvidia’s favour…

The first tests fall

We have received some benchmarks of the first models of the Arc A380, a small entry-level graphics card sold in China to integrators who can customize it andoverclockers slightly. This GPU is clearly not designed to run the triple-A titles of the moment in 4K, but rather is meant to gaming in Full HD (1080p), and it will even be necessary to reduce the graphics in the most demanding titles.

The Intel Arc A380.  © Intel

The Intel Arc A380. © Intel

Our colleagues from Wccftech ont published the données officielles Intel sur les performances de cette carte avec certains jeux bien connus, in order to compare them with their direct competitors: the GeForce GTX 1650 from Nvidia and the Radeon RX 6400 from AMD that cost €200 right now. For information, the mentioned games were set to 1080p and medium quality graphics.

Arc A380 performance in-game versus the competition.  © Wccftech

Arc A380 performance in-game versus the competition. © Wccftech

We can see that the GTX 1650 offers much better performance than the A380 in most games with 10, 20 or even 30 fps more. The Radeon RX 6400 is also faster overall, except for a few titles like the witcher 3, Total War: Troy either F1 2021. Quite disappointing results, which certainly show that it is possible to play smoothly at more than 60fps, but the selected games are not very young or very demanding.

AMD processors at a disadvantage?

A Chinese user has also shown (via Bilibili) that using an AMD CPU with the Arc A380 reduces its performance by an average of 17% in games compared to an A380 + Intel CPU configuration. The explanation may lie behind the fact that the resizable bar (a technology that gives the CPU direct access to video memory) is supported by processors used with Intel Arc GPUs. But this is not the case with AMD processors that have their own Smart Access Memory technology.

So the Intel Arc A380 is off to a rocky start and the higher-end Alchemist series GPUs are expected to be better positioned against the competition. Without offering high performance, these GPUs could possibly benefit from good value for money, but a minimum will have to be ensured in terms of performance and compatibility. At the moment, the A380 is only distributed in China at a recommended price of around €160. We shouldn’t see it arrive in Europe before the end of the summer.

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