The Graphics Processing Unit , more simply called GPU or "Graphics Processing Unit" in French, is a computer chip present on the graphics card in order to optimize the quality of images and videos as well as 2D and 3D display.
It is then a newcomer on the market: Intel! The Californian brand famous for its CPUs is embarking on the creation of dedicated GPUs called Intel ARC . We have therefore investigated the subject in order to give you all the known information relating to this news!
With Arc, Intel enters the GPU market
With a high-end GPU called Arc , Intel has announced that the architecture will have a three-generation declination that owe their names to Heroic-Fantasy, namely Alchimist (Xe HPG), Battlemage the second (Xe2 HPG) and the third Celestial (Xe3 HPG). Note that the fourth generation of these Arc graphics cards will bear the following code name: Druid . Rumors say that there will be 2-year cycles between each generation but no confirmation from the brand on this subject, neither on the prices nor on the differences between each model.
Intel overdue for 2 years
Intel has been accumulating delays for several years and therefore needs a facelift! This is an opportunity for the firm to take the lead and try to make up for the shortcomings of the past two years, particularly in terms of innovation.
Competition with NVIDIA and AMD
Intel is therefore the very latest arrival on the graphics card market, a market currently dominated by two giants, AMD and NVIDIA . It is therefore with conviction that Intel wishes to enter the GPU market.
So as much to tell you that the high-end graphics circuit from Intel is expected like the messiah in the tech-gaming universe. In addition, to support this expectation of enthusiasts, the firm has made a commitment to creators and players in order to make this announcement a secret and create even more impatience for its potential future audience .
Alchemist, a graphics chip for gaming
With graphics processing that will allow both software and hardware focused use , ARC promises superior gaming and content creation experiences . It goes without saying that Intel is therefore expected at the turn by the entire gaming and tech universe.
With the first models called Alchemist, the program will be based on super sampling (DLSS) but also ray racing, all managed via AI (Artificial Intelligence) . Intel Arc Alchemist therefore makes great promises!
The Alchemist GPU will group together, according to information given by Intel, 8 slices making it possible to offer a chip equipped with 512 vector units for Artificial Intelligence and 8 units for Ray Tracing . All these units will therefore offer a higher processing speed , but that said, quite similar to what NVIDIA's RT Cores already offer.
First model for 2022
Intel's Arc, the first high-end GPU, will therefore be released in 2022 (normally scheduled for March). You will still have to be a little patient to claim to use this very first Intel graphics card that will be gaming. Indeed, the interest of gamers is being felt more and more via information from the firm disclosed little by little.
A roadmap that proves that Intel intends to invest
Intel aims to surprise the gaming software market and ecosystem with its first-ever high-end GPU model.
The intentions of the brand are clear: to integrate a market by becoming innovative in terms of graphics cards. Indeed, thanks to neat drivers, quality tools for all types of gamers as well as qualitative and modern interfaces, Intel intends to make an impression (and it has to be said)!
Note that Intel will not manufacture its chip itself but will go through its partner TSMC in particular for its N6 engraving (6nm engraving) , not yet exploited by its two other future competitors NVIDIA (7nm engraving) and AMD (8nm engraving).
In short, a fineness in terms of engraving which will allow a higher energy efficiency of the chip.
Do you believe in Intel?
Intel, a recognized and trusted firm, therefore has everything to prove in this GPU market by making do with two serious competitors, NVIDIA and AMD. After a few years without innovation from Intel, questions arise as to the firm's ability to surprise with such a big blow. Intel therefore has the cards in hand, we just have to be patient to have the rest of this hectic adventure in which it is embarking.