Intel Arc A380 GPU Official Benchmarks, Specs And Positioning

Intel’s Arc A380 discrete graphics card has lastly launched in China at roughly the precise timeframe we predicted and whereas a few preliminary opinions have been posted, we hadn’t seen a extra holistic overview but so determined to achieve out to a few of our Chinese language colleagues. We obtained our fingers on the official knowledge offered for the A380 GPU; which tells the story of Intel’s first actual discrete graphics card with tons of potential.

Intel A380 GPU verdict: trades blows with the GTX 1650 & RX 6400 for now however will age like FineWine™ (ahem)

Let’s start with the specs first.

The Intel Arc A380 graphics card is constructed on the TSMC N6 course of and is the corporate’s first discrete graphics card launch. The precise Chinese language MSRP of the GPU is 880 Yuan however after VAT (17%) it comes out to virtually 1030 Yuan. That stated – we anticipate the US MSRP to be nearer to the post-VAT pricing in Yuan moderately than the pre-VAT pricing. It has 1024 FP32 cores (every Xe core has 128 FP32 cores) and 6GB of GDDR6 reminiscence clocked at 16Gbps. Mated to a 96-bit bus width, this leads to a bandwidth of 192 GB/s – greater than sufficient for a card of its class. The TBP of the GPU is configurable between 75W to 87W with the clock velocity correspondingly configurable between 2 GHz to 2.35 GHz.

Apparently, Intel permits a “past 87W” possibility as effectively – which might be what the customized GPUs you might have seen thus far are utilizing to achieve clock speeds effectively in extra of two.35 GHz. The Intel Arc A380 GPU is subsequently a 4 TFLOP to  4.8 TFLOP GPU which mixed with AI up-scaling tech like XeSS – must be ample for the 1080p entry stage gaming section. Earlier than we go any additional, right here is the total block diagram of the Intel Arc A380:

Now let’s get to the juicy half. We’ve got already seen benchmarks of 6 video games that had been leaked earlier and we are able to add at the very least 20 extra titles to that area. With benchmarks, extra is all the time higher and 32 is roughly agreed to be the purpose the place your knowledge begins to get statistically vital. That stated, we had been extraordinarily impressed by how clear Intel is in its official information (as you will notice under). First, let’s take a look at the check configuration:

The entire testing within the official benchmarks was executed utilizing an Intel Core i5 12600k with 32 GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM and Home windows 11 OS and a 4TB NVME SSD. Solely the GPUs, ie the GTX 1650, RX 6400 and Intel Arc A380 had been swapped between them. Testing was carried out virtually a month again so its price noting that driver efficiency would virtually actually have elevated throughout this time:

As we are able to see, the Intel Arc A380 trades blows with the AMD RX 6400 and (much less sometimes) with the NVIDIA GTX 1650. It really beats the RX 6400 in Whole Battle: Troy, Naraka Bladepoint, The Witcher 3 and F1 2021. Contemplating that is the official documentation, its really fairly cool that Intel didn’t current a one-sided story about its upcoming GPU. Right here can also be the place the story will get actually fascinating. FineWine™ is a time period that AMD followers and readers of this web site could be very aware of and was a preferred time period to explain AMD’s ongoing post-launch driver growth again within the days when it was cash-strapped and was the underdog.

Intel Arc A380 completely crushes even the RX 6500 XT in optimized artificial workloads

What we’re seeing right here, equally, may be very a lot a FineWine™ situation. Permit me to develop: the Intel Arc A380 completely crushes the GTX 1650 and RX 6400 in 3DMark’s TimeSpy benchmark and even beats the RX 6500 XT. So very clearly, the {hardware} potential is correct there and solely the software program is missing. It’s clear that the event staff should have optimized drivers for this artificial benchmark – and reveals the true locked potential of the {hardware}. The factor now we have to recollect is that NVIDIA and AMD have each had a long time to optimize the driving force code for his or her GPUs whereas Intel began constructing discrete GPUs only a few years in the past (lets not get into the Larabee debate).

Based mostly on what we’re seeing in 3DMark Timespy, the Intel Arc A380 (relying on how its priced within the US) might develop into an absolute discount for players. The onus may be very a lot on Intel to proceed to develop its drivers and ship the efficiency potential we’re seeing right here. In any case, on the finish of the day, all that issues is whether or not Intel is ready to ship on its efficiency per greenback worth proposition.

Compute workloads are as soon as once more a combined bag with regards to Intel Arc A380. It beats out each the GTX 1650 and RX 6400 handily in HandBrake and is barely worse than the GTX 1650 in DaVinci Resolve.

It’s even potential that players within the NA and EU will see an enchancment in efficiency when Arc discrete GPUs launch in non-Chinese language territories. Relying on how briskly Intel is ready to optimize the driving force stacks for numerous video games and the way they value their Arc GPUs (131 USD could be a steal for the A380 however I believe we’ll see an MSRP nearer to 150 USD when it does launch within the US) – even 150 USD may very well be a possible win contemplating it has the {hardware} to be simply behind the NVIDIA RTX 3050 – which is a $249 MSRP GPU. Intel XeSS would be the cherry on prime of the cake.