Intel’s first desktop graphics card, the Arc Alchemist series, has officially gone on sale. Right, so far only in China. Many Chinese media published their reviews of new items and compared them to competitors. Yesterday, the first such release made it clear that the Intel Arc A380 is weaker than the Radeon RX 6400, its main competitor. The new tests only confirmed these findings and also showed that the new graphics don’t get along too well with AMD Ryzen chips.
The Arc A380 Photon OC graphics card from Gunnir took part in all tests. At the moment, this is the only brand that has released a non-reference version of the Intel accelerator. This version of the graphics card has GPU overclocking (2450MHz instead of the reference 2000MHz) and slightly increased power consumption (92W vs the standard 75W) compared to the reference version.
Available from the Wccftech portal turned out to be official data from Intel, in which it itself compares the Arc A380 with the GeForce GTX 1650 and the Radeon RX 6400. According to the table, the Arc A380 is weaker than the two graphics cards mentioned above.
Portal MyDrivers exposed Arc A380 vs GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to give the new model at least a chance to win. And in this case, the Intel card turned out to be really faster than the GeForce model released in 2016 in almost all games.
Some tests have shown that the performance of the Arc A380 in systems with AMD processors was lower than in similar systems based on Intel. For example, in combination with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600, the accelerator performed 17% worse than in a PC based on an Intel processor of the same level. This is most likely why Intel recommends using the Arc A380 only on PCs that support ResizableBAR technology and does not guarantee that the Arc A380 will perform to its full potential on systems with similar AMD Smart Access Memory technology .
According to various sources, Intel Arc A380 can be found at retail prices in China ranging from 1399 to 1499 yuan ($210-225), which is more than the recommended price of around $150 and more expensive than the Radeon RX 6400. Some retailers are offering Arc A380 as part of pre-built systems based on older 10th Gen Intel Core processors.