Intel has officially announced the availability of its first Arc desktop GPU, but the catch – as we already knew – is that it will only be sold in China initially, appearing on pre-built PCs starting later this month.
Team Blue is starting with the Intel Arc A380 GPU, a base model that comes equipped with 8 Xe Cores, a base clock of 2GHz, 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM (with a 96-bit memory bus) and a TDP of 75W.
As a wallet-friendly desktop graphics card, the A380 comes with a recommended price of 1030 yuan in China, and that equates to around $150 / £130 / AU$220 (remember that direct currency conversions are not always as helpful in terms of ascertaining card pricing in other regions, however).
Intel compares the A380 to the RX 6400 in its release press release as VideoCardz (opens in new tab) detected, and states that your budget graphics card is up until 25% better than AMD GPU for performance per yuan, so in other words, the value proposition in terms of overall frame rates gamers are getting compared to the financial outlay. While launch stats and manufacturer reviews are one thing, as they are inevitably handpicked to show the card in its best light, while independent testing is, of course, a different beast altogether.
The first A380 graphics cards will arrive in PCs built by Acer, Asus, Gigabyte, Gunnir, HP and MSI starting this month in China, as mentioned, with the availability of standalone cards (models sold separately on shelves).
As a final note, we’ve already caught a glimpse of Gunnir’s A380 graphics card, and it’s not exactly surprising us, shall we say….
Analysis: A hint that we might see Arc desktop GPUs a little earlier outside of China?
With the announcement of the A380, Intel also gave us a set of gaming benchmarks largely claiming a smooth (60 frames per second at least) gaming experience at 1080p in a range of less demanding games, which included League of Legends and PUBG. : Battlegrounds, as well as Naraka: Bladepoint. This gives you an idea of what performance to expect, with a solid amount of grunt to drive games in Full HD, at least outside of the most demanding PC games – and with the caveat that these titles were running at medium details (so they weren’t. t looking your best).
Considering the A380 appears to launch around the $150 mark, it looks like it could be a hefty value option for gamers on tight budgets – although the comparison to the RX 6400’s value proposition doesn’t fill us with confidence given that this particular low-end GPU is really an easy target (failing to impress widely since its release). The other cause for concern is how Intel’s graphics driver will perform in a range of games, of course (while AMD and indeed Nvidia have well-established drivers); and the reason for the initial launch only in China could be related to that.
What’s interesting to note in terms of the Arc desktop release schedule is that Intel says the A380 is arriving inside pre-built PCs in China this month, as mentioned, so that will be in the next week or two, followed by GPUs. standalone A380 desktop. Intel further notes that this will be “followed soon by sales of systems and components in other regions”, which should mean the US and Europe (we hope).
If we compare this to the (approximate) time period that Intel previously told us, Team Blue didn’t mention the A380 ‘soon’ after it was available in China, only stating that the top-level A5 and A7 global GPU launch would start sooner. late in summer. So, can this be read as a hint that we might see the A380 outside of China perhaps in late July? Perhaps, but as always, we’ll have to wait and find out – though it’s still possible that any plans for a worldwide release that are in place now could fail, anyway.