Intel Arc A380 GPU Official Benchmarks, Specifications and Positioning

Intel’s Arc A380 discrete graphics card was lastly launched in China across the time we predicted, and whereas some early evaluations have been out, we hadn’t seen a extra holistic look, so we determined to achieve out to a few of our Chinese colleagues. We acquired our fingers on the official specs of the A380 GPU; which tells the story of Intel’s first true discrete graphics card with tons of potential.

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

First, let’s begin with the specs.

The Intel Arc A380 graphics card is predicated on the TSMC N6 course of and is the corporate’s first standalone graphics card introduction. The precise Chinese MSRP of the GPU is 880 yuan, however after gross sales tax (17%) it involves nearly 1030 yuan. That being mentioned, we count on US MSRP to be nearer to post-VAT costs in yuan than pre-VAT costs. It has 1024 FP32 cores (every Xe core has 128 FP32 cores) and 6GB of GDDR6 reminiscence clocked at 16Gbps. Coupled with a 96-bit bus width, this ends in a bandwidth of 192 GB/s – greater than sufficient for a card in its class. The TBP of the GPU is configurable between 75W and 87W, with the clock pace configurable between 2GHz and a couple of.35GHz accordingly.

Interestingly, Intel additionally permits a “Beyond 87W” choice – which might be what the customized GPUs you have seen up to now use to hit clock speeds effectively in extra of two.35GHz. The Intel Arc A380 GPU is subsequently a 4 TFLOP to 4.8 TFLOP GPU, which together with AI upscaling applied sciences akin to XeSS needs to be adequate for the entry-level 1080p gaming section. Before we proceed, right here is the total block diagram of the Intel Arc A380:

Now let’s get to the juicy half. We have already seen benchmarks of 6 video games that have been leaked earlier and we are able to add no less than 20 extra titles to this enviornment. When it involves benchmarks, extra is at all times higher, and 32 is in regards to the level the place your knowledge begins to grow to be statistically important. However, we have been very impressed with how clear Intel is of their official information (as you will notice under). First, let us take a look at the check configuration:

All assessments within the official benchmarks have been carried out utilizing an Intel Core i5 12600k with 32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM and Windows 11 OS and a 4 TB NVME SSD. Only the GPUs, i.e. the GTX 1650, RX 6400 and Intel Arc A380 have been swapped with one another. The assessments have been performed nearly a month in the past, so it is value noting that rider efficiency would nearly definitely have elevated throughout that point:

As we are able to see, the Intel Arc A380 trades punches with the AMD RX 6400 and (much less sometimes) the NVIDIA GTX 1650. In reality, it beats the RX 6400 in Total War: Troy, Naraka Bladepoint, The Witcher 3, and F1 2021. Considering that is the official documentation, it is truly fairly cool that Intel did not provide you with a one-page story about its upcoming GPU. This is the place the story will get actually attention-grabbing. FineWine™ is a time period that AMD followers and readers of this website needs to be very aware of, and was a preferred time period to explain AMD’s ongoing post-launch driver growth within the days when the corporate was cash-strapped and the underdog was.

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

What we see right here is much like a FineWine™ state of affairs. Allow me an extension: the Intel Arc A380 completely beats the GTX 1650 and RX 6400 in 3DMark’s TimeSpy benchmark and even beats the RX 6500 XT. So clearly, the {hardware} potential is there and solely the software program is lacking. It is obvious that the event crew will need to have optimized drivers for this artificial benchmark – and reveals the true potential of the {hardware}. We should keep in mind that NVIDIA and AMD have each had many years to optimize driver code for his or her GPUs, whereas Intel solely began constructing discrete GPUs a number of years in the past (let’s not get into the Larabee debate).

Based on what we’re seeing in 3DMark Timespy, the Intel Arc A380 (relying on the value within the US) might show to be an absolute steal for avid gamers. Responsibility rests fully with Intel to proceed to develop its drivers and ship the efficiency potential we see right here. After all, on the finish of the day, what issues is Intel’s capability to ship on its value-per-dollar promise.

Once once more, workloads are combined in the case of the Intel Arc A380. It beats each the GTX 1650 and RX 6400 in HandBrake and barely worse than the GTX 1650 in DaVinci Resolve.

It’s even attainable that avid gamers in North America and the EU will see a rise in efficiency when discrete Arc GPUs are launched in non-Chinese territories. Depending on how rapidly Intel is ready to optimize driver stacks for various video games and the way they value their Arc GPUs ($131 could be a discount for the A380 however I believe we’ll see an MSRP nearer to $150, when it hits the US market) – even $150 may very well be a possible win contemplating the {hardware} is simply behind the NVIDIA RTX 3050 – a GPU for $249 MSRP. Intel XeSS would be the icing on the cake.

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