From the RTX 3060-level performance of the Arc A750 to the debunking of the unreleased Arc A780 by Intel, Intel Arc Alchemist is everywhere in the news. Paul from RedGamingTech has now decided to add some more sauce to the mix by detailing some interesting rumors about a possible Arc refresh. According to one of Paul’s sources, Intel will refresh the mobile Arc Alchemist lineup close to CES next year. The reason for the refresh is the delay of Intel’s next-gen Arc Battlemage boards. Codenamed “DG3 Elasti”, the Arc Battlemage architecture is the successor to Arc Alchemist and supposedly Intel’s answer to the upcoming AMD RDNA 3 and Nvidia Lovelace boards.
As the next-generation Arc Battlemage is allegedly delayed, Intel Arc Alchemist is apparently getting an upgrade. Arc Battlemage is believed to include a multi-GPU design and deliver exceptional performance. (Image from YouTube’s Moore’s Law is Dead) Arc Battlemage is believed to include a multi-GPU design and deliver exceptional performance. (Image from YouTube’s Moore’s Law is Dead). Arc Alchemist is Intel’s first attempt at making specifically designed gaming hardware that will directly compete with Nvidia and AMD. According to rumours, Intel may be planning to update its laptop Arc Alchemist GPU family. If the refresh is real, it will come as a surprise because Arc Alchemist dGPU-equipped notebooks haven’t been available for very long.
The leaker also suspects that the refreshed boards will have the same number of Execution Units (EUs) and architecture as the original parts. The main improvements are going to be in frequency. Paul also comments on the recent Arc Alchemist A770 showcase on Linus Tech Tips. He hints at Team Blue’s plan to gain ground in the GPU market. Per the leaker, Intel will be spending a lot of cash to incentivize system integrators and laptop makers to include discreet Arc GPUs in their machines. If true, the strategy makes sense.
While Intel can claim to beat Nvidia and AMD in price-to-performance, the company needs to convince developers to start optimizing for Arc if it wants to be competitive in all segments. One way to entice developers is to have a large Arc user base which Intel is looking to acquire through cash and other incentives like the leaker mentions.