Intel Arc A380: Intel GPU debut and first tests

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With the Arc A380, Intel’s first desktop GPU has appeared. Benchmarks already show how the graphics card performs compared to AMD and Nvidia.


Intel graphics cards are eagerly awaited.
The first Intel graphics card for the desktop is currently only available in China.

It’s finally here, at least in China: With the Arc A380, Intel has released its first desktop graphics card on the Chinese market. A short time later, the first independent benchmarks and tests from various sites that scrutinized the new GPU also appeared. It shows that the card has potential in theory, but in practice it often lags behind Nvidia and AMD.

The Arc A380 is the smallest model of the first generation of Intel desktop GPUs. It was manufactured by the contract manufacturer TSMC using the 6 nm process. The graphics card has a total of 8 Xe graphics cores, 8 ray tracing units, 6 GB of GDDR6 memory and a clock speed between 2-2.3 GHz. Depending on the clock, the A380 consumes up to 75 or 87 watts.

Especially in synthetic benchmarks, the graphics card shows that it could definitely compete with the inexpensive models from the competition. In 3DMark13 TimeSpy, for example, it beats the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 as well as the AMD Radeon RX 6400 and even the RX 6500 XT (including via bilibili). And the Arc A380 also shows its best side in some more practical applications: It was also faster than the GTX 1650 and RX 6400 when transcoding videos via handbrake.

Especially when it comes to gaming, things usually look much worse for the Arc A380. So tested”wccftech” the graphics card at Full HD in 17 games. In 14 of them, the A380 ended up in last place compared to the GTX 1650 and RX 6400. Only in Naraka: Bladepoint was the Intel card able to beat both competitors.

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The reason for this is likely to be the drivers for the graphics card, which apparently cannot keep up with the competition. It seems unlikely that these will be sufficiently optimized by the time the next higher cards are released. The colleagues of “3DCenter” Rather expect a time window of several quarters.

After the release of all models, Intel’s first graphics card generation should therefore be classified in the “public prototype” category: A product series that proves the feasibility of GPUs from Intel, but in reality lags behind the competing products from AMD and Nvidia. Ultimately, however, this will only become apparent after the release of the upcoming A5X0 and A7X0 models.

Intel graphics cards are eagerly awaited.

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