While no guarantees can be made in life, let alone in bizarrely detailed performance comparisons, early benchmarks of Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs appear to be promising. Tum Apisak, a Twitter account discovered by Tom’s Hardware, has posted benchmarks for one of Intel’s future DG2 graphics cards.
These numbers should be taken with a pinch of salt. The Ashes of Singularity benchmark was run at a strange 1080p resolution, and the entire test is known to skew results depending on the CPU utilized. This system featured a Core i9-12900K processor and 32GB of RAM, which might be contributing to the weight gain, and this benchmark isn’t the best when it comes to scaling for faster GPUs.
We don’t know what card was utilized in the benchmarks, but the results suggest we’re looking at RTX 3070 or perhaps RTX 3080 performance. This indicates that the higher-end SKU is being utilized, but without that crucial information, as well as a little more, everything is guesswork.
However, it is consistent with everything else we’ve observed thus far. A leaked image of the new DG2 cards’ likely PCB layout led us to believe we’re looking at something akin to Nvidia’s RTX 3070 and AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT, and Intel has previously stated something similar. So that’s yet more clue as to which Arc Alchemist GPU we’re dealing with in these findings. The cards also appear to perform well in this video posted by Intel following the first announcement, but we won’t know for sure until we have a chance to check one out.
Intel’s new Arc brand for high-performance graphics has arrived at a particularly exciting time for PC components. In the present context, the Alchemist cards will be particularly intriguing. If the new GPUs are capable of taking on Nvidia’s high-end cards right away, Team Red and Green may have something to be concerned about. The lower-powered 75W devices, on the other hand, appear to be a promising entrance into the more cheap GPU market. All we can hope for now is that the pricing match the specifications.