On September 9, 2022, Intel announced the technical characteristics of four models of discrete graphics cards in the Arc Alchemist series. These included Arc A770, Arc A750, Arc A580 and Arc A380. The first two and the last copies went on sale in October of the same year. The Arc A580 model has not yet seen the light of day.
It is noteworthy that the Arc A580 model was one of the first to appear in various leaks and rumors related to Intel’s development of Arc Alchemist series discrete graphics cards. It should use an ACM-G10 graphics processor with 24 Xe cores (3072 FP32 units), 24 ray tracing units, as well as 384 XMX matrix engines. The specified GPU frequency was 1700 MHz. The card should receive 8 GB of GDDR6 memory with an effective frequency of 16 GHz, a bus width of 256 bits and a bandwidth of 512 GB/s.
More than a year after its announcement, the Arc A580 model is no longer available in stores. Many had already lost interest in it, but among enthusiasts there were still people who awaited its announcement at the recent Innovation 2023 conference, where Intel introduced Meteor Lake mobile processors and several other new products. Intel didn’t mention the Arc A580 graphics card or any discrete gaming graphics accelerators in general. Intel also made no references to the possible release of updated models of Alchemist+ cards, which is rumored to be happening.
At this point, it’s safe to assume that Intel has finally given up on the Arc A580. Even if the company wanted to release this graphics card, Intel probably couldn’t find a place for it in its current lineup of graphics products. The same Arc A770 and Arc A750 models occupy the top of the mid-price segment of accelerators and compete with graphics cards of the GeForce RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti level, so the Arc A580 cannot effectively compete against the weakest desktop gaming accelerators from Current generation NVIDIA and AMD.
The decision not to launch the Arc A580 may also have been influenced by the general delay of Intel’s discrete graphics card series due to various development issues. The company originally planned to release Arc Alchemist cards in the first quarter of 2022, but they launched in the fall, six months later.