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Intel Arc A380 Review: Great for Video, Weak for Gaming

The Intel Arc A380 has to be one of the worst graphics card launches ever. It’s the retail launch of the hardware, not necessarily the hardware itself. From all indications, Intel knew the driver was broken when the hardware was ready to be released earlier this year. With new GPUs from AMD and Nvidia on the horizon, rather than spending enough time fixing drivers before retail launch, Intel has decided to ship its Arc GPUs in China first.Decide if a product is worth making our list best graphics card.

A few months later, after a lot of negative publicity and numerous driver updates thanks to GPUs making inroads on other coasts, the Arc A380 is officially Available in the US, starting at $139 (opens in new tab)One Newegg product has sold out and is currently on backorder, but this is more likely due to limited supply than high demand. Still, the A380 isn’t all bad and we’re happy to see Team Blue returning to the dedicated GPU market after his 24+ year hiatus. (No, I actually Last year’s Intel DG1, because it only worked on certain motherboards. )

How does the Arc A380 compare to competing AMD and Nvidia GPUs, and what’s the AV1 hardware encoding acceleration hype? Let’s see where it lands for us GPU Benchmark Hierarchy, if you want a spoiler… not good. But let’s go into detail.

Arc Alchemist Architecture Summary

(Image credit: Intel)

We provided extensive coverage Intel’s Arc Alchemist Architecture, which dates back to about a year ago. When I first wrote this article, we expected a launch in late 2021 or early 2022. That turned into a slated March 2022 release, which was eventually released in mid-2022 — at least not quite a full release yet.The Arc A380 is at the bottom of the price/performance ladder , is only the first salvo.we have seen many tips Faster Ark A750seems to be close to RTX3060 Performance based on Intel’s own benchmarks, expected to be released in the next month or so. What about products like the faster Arc A770 or the mid-tier Arc A580? Only time will tell.

Arc Alchemist represents a departure from Intel’s previous graphics designs. Intel has renamed some core building blocks, although there is probably a lot of duplication in certain elements. The “Execution Unit (EU)” is gone and is now called the Vector Engine (VE). Each VE can compute 8 his FP32 operations per cycle. This loosely translates to “GPU cores” or GPU shaders, roughly equivalent to AMD and Nvidia shaders.

Intel has grouped 16 VEs into a single Xe-Core, which includes other features as well. So each Xe-Core has 128 shader cores, which translates roughly to an AMD Compute Unit (CU) or Nvidia Streaming Multiprocessor (SM). They are all essentially SIMD (single instruction multiple data) designs, and like their competitors, Arc Alchemist hardened their shaders to meet the full feature set of DirectX 12 Ultimate.

(Image credit: Intel)

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