Arc Alchemist Desktop Graphics Cards Still on Track for Q2 2022 Release, says Intel CEO

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has confirmed that Arc Alchemist graphics cards for desktop gamers will be available this quarter as originally planned. Recent rumors had suggested that the GPUs could be delayed to Q3, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, if Gelsinger is to be believed. Intel released a teaser in March promising that one of its Arc graphics cards, a limited-edition model, would begin shipping this summer.

Intel Corporation (INTC) CEO Pat Gelsinger on Q1 2022 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)

Harlan Sur

On Accelerated Computing and Graphics, client discrete GPU market is a pretty big market opportunity for Intel, right, $12 billion, $13 billion per year. So it looks like you guys started ramping your Arc GPU into notebooks now, your first gen product, the reviews look quite constructive. Is the team still on track to roll out desktop versions this quarter and still on track to ship 4 million plus discrete GPUs this year? And then any feedback from customers or gaming developers will be helpful as well.

Pat Gelsinger

Yes. Thank you, Harlan. And overall, AXG is on track. And we launched the mobile SKUs. We’ll have the desktop SKUs coming in Q2. And we’ll have more SKUs as we go through the year as well. We’ll be filling out the product line. A lot of work, right, in qualifying games. And if you’re a gamer, you know that there’s just a lot of individual optimization work on some of the key titles so that work is underway, working with our OEMs to populate their portfolios of products as well. So I’ll say you’re going to see more and more of that hitting the market, and we’ll be filling out — we have the 3 versions. We’ll have the 5, 7 and 9 versions of the year products coming out as we go build up that portfolio this year.

Intel’s Arc Alchemist desktop graphics card family will reportedly comprise at least seven models, including the A770, A750, A580, A380, A350 and A310. The Arc A770 leverages the ACM-G10 GPU and is said to feature 16 GB of memory, although an 8 GB variant may also be in the works. The limited-edition Arc model that has been teased by Intel is believed to be the A780.

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