Compatibility is just as important as performance when it comes to the best graphics cards. AMD and Nvidia haven’t had many problems in that area, but Intel’s Arc Alchemist still has some issues to work out as the company’s graphics cards struggle with legacy APIs.
Unlike other publications focused on the Arc A380’s performance, German news outlet PC Gaming Hardware has decided to use a graphics card to spin 50 games launched between 1999 and 2022. Used. Arc A380 models are on the market.
Overall, Arc A380 compatibility across 50 titles was pretty good considering the state of Intel’s Arc drivers. Out of the 50 games PC Gaming Hardware tested, he had problems with his graphics card in only 9 games. To simplify the results, the Arc A380 has issues every 1 out of 5 games. This isn’t a terrible ratio, but Intel’s drivers end up with a lot of optimization headroom.
I’m surprised my Arc A380 didn’t work so well Doom Eternal, Quake 2 RTX, Halo Infinite, Also spiderman remastered, considering these titles leverage the Vulkan or DirectX 12 APIs. Of course, Arc should work amazingly with games using modern APIs. But don’t confuse performance with compatibility.
Results from PC Games Hardware reveal that Arc works well with pre-DirectX 12 APIs. counter–attack: global offensive (DirectX 9) or witcher 3 (DirectX 11), worked fine. However, it’s surprising that the German publication left out the other most-played Steam. dota 2 (DirectX 11), apex legends (DirectX 11), and Lost Ark (DirectX 11), out of that test.
Remember, PC gaming hardware is compatibility tested. Performance, on the other hand, is another story. Intel admits that Arc has poor performance on DirectX 11 and earlier APIs. Chip makers aim to close the performance gap between legacy APIs and DirectX 12, but it’s a long work in progress or, as Intel Fellow Tom Petersen calls it, “a labor of eternal love.” is.
It’s been months since the Arc A380 launched in China. The ASRock Challenger Arc A380 model recently arrived in the US via Newegg. $139.99 (opens in new tab)And it’s already sold out. We expect Intel’s Arc A5 and A7 series to be released by the end of this year.