This month of September 2022 is particularly rich in the components market with the announcements of the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 graphics cards, the AMD Ryzen 7000 processors – which we have just tested – and the 13th generation Intel processors that the manufacturer is coming just formalized alongside its Arc GPUs.
If we exclude a very entry-level Arc A380, which appeared only on the Asian market, the Arc A770 will therefore be the first stage of Intel’s great comeback in terms of graphics cards, after a few months of delay and uncertainty. . It is finally on October 12 that we will be able to get our hands on this GPU, the most powerful of the manufacturer and available in two versions: one with 8 GB of graphics memory and another with 16 GB. For the technical part, we remember that it also integrates 32 Xe blocks, 4096 calculation units, and that its frequency can reach 2.1 GHz for a 225 W TGP. An A750 with 28 Xe cores and 8 GB of graphics memory is planned, but we don’t know more about its availability and performance.
The GeForce RTX 3060 in the viewfinder
According to Intel, it should compete with Nvidia’s RTX 3060, offering better performance in some games, but falling behind in others. A graph has indeed been unveiled comparing performance at 1080p with raytracing and the Arc A770 has nothing to be ashamed of when faced with its competitor. That said, a few unknowns remain. First of all, no benchmark was presented in 1440p and it is not said that the A770 behaves well in this higher definition. Similarly, Intel’s drivers are currently not really developed, which could change the situation in its favor in the future.
Intel took the opportunity to officially announce its XeSS, its supersampling interesting house on paper, but which will obviously require to be tested to judge the quality of rendering of the images, the gains in performance and its relevance against Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR (which will each benefit from an important update with the arrival of the new RTX and Radeon GPUs, let’s remember).
Sold for $329 in 8 GB (the price of the 16 GB version has not been revealed), it is displayed at a lower price than its direct competitors, the RTX 3060 and the Radeon 6600XT, which could allow it to get out of the game. On the other hand, it will be necessary that the performances are there and that the drivers are stable so that this Arc 770 can seduce the players. It will indeed have to face GeForce RTX 40s with tenfold performance (and price), as well as Radeon 7000s from AMD announced for November, which could benefit from a good performance/price ratio.