Intel representative Tom Petersen during an interview with the portal hot hardware saw a prototype of an unknown desktop graphics accelerator. The most interesting detail was that the card is equipped with three 8-pin connectors for additional power supply.
At the time of demonstrating the Arc desktop graphics card, Intel did not reveal which and how many power connectors it has. Peterson confirmed in an interview that it is an accelerator with support for the usual ATX performance standard. This means the card uses regular 6 or 8 pin connectors and not the latest 12+4 pin PCIe 5.0 connector that was carried over with the ATX 3.0 specification.
The card shown has three 8-pin connectors. Each of these connectors can transmit up to 150 watts of power to the graphics card. The significant spacing between the connectors seen in the image below suggests that this is a very early engineering sample of a graphics card whose main purpose is to test the performance of its components. Intel policy prevented Peterson from showing the full prototype of the desktop graphics accelerator. However, he still demonstrated a full-size PCIe x16 interface of a development sample.
It should be added that the prototype shown by Petersen is not at all similar to the technical versions of the Intel Arc Alchemist desktop card that appeared in previous leaks. At the end of last month, Intel showed its final reference version.
In fact, it is not yet possible to determine whether Petersen has shown a prototype of the Arc series graphics card or whether we are talking about the next-generation accelerator. Intel has previously confirmed that the Battlemage series of graphics cards that will replace the Alchemist will be an “enthusiast solution”. Also confusing in this story is the use of three 8-pin power connectors when you could use a new 12+4-pin ATX 3.0 standard that can transfer even more power.
Intel has promised to unveil its Arc Alchemist series of desktop solutions earlier this summer. We will most likely find out all the details then.