Intel now has a discrete graphics card, in fact, they have a few. We have all known Intel for its Intel Graphics integrated (iGPU) inside its desktop CPUs. Intel has now branched out to take on the dedicated GPU space, providing an actual video card you can plug in and play your games on, plus more. The new Intel Arc A-Series Graphics video cards (also known as Alchemist or Arc Alchemist) are direct competition with AMD and NVIDIA and provide a third vendor option in the GPU space.
In our Intel Arc A770 Review, a ‘made-by-Intel’ Intel Arc A770 16GB Limited Edition video card with an MSRP of $349.99 is being reviewed with a focus on gaming performance and the gameplay experience in modern games. We will put it to the test at 1440p and 1080p, as well as Ray Tracing and Intel XeSS upscaling performance in the games that support those features. We will also focus on modern game titles, but we do have a little CS:GO thrown in for good measure. This will give us an overall all-encompassing idea of what kind of gameplay experience the Intel Arc A770 16GB Limited Edition delivers. We will also be covering the Intel Arc A750 in a separate review, with the same parameters.
Intel Arc A7 Series
We have a breakdown of the architecture and all deep dive architecture press slides posted on page 2. The Intel Arc A770 (A7 or Arc 7) is based on Intel’s DG2-512 GPU and ACM-G10 variant. It is built on a TSMC N6 node and contains 21.7 Billion transistors with a die size of 406mm2. It has 32 Xe-Cores, 4,096 FP32 Cores, 32 Ray Tracing Units, 512 Matrix Cores, 512 Xe Vector Engines, 256 TMUs, and 128 ROPs. It has a Base Clock of 2100MHz and will boost up to 2400MHz. It has 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM at 17.5GHz on a 256-bit memory bus providing 560GB/s of memory bandwidth. The TDP is 225W.
Intel Arc A770 16GB Limited Edition Video Card
We are specifically reviewing the Limited Edition Intel Arc A770 video card today, so this design is unique from Intel. There really is a lot to like here, the design is pleasing to touch and pleasing to see, and the package size is one you can handle. The video card measures 10.57″ inches in length, 3.87″ inches in width, and only 1.6″ inches in height. This is a very thin video card and will fit in a lot of small builds.
Intel’s design solution is based on a two-fan 15-blade axial design with a screwless shroud that does not constrain the venting of heat from the top or bottom. The video card has a die-cast aluminum frame with a full backplate with matte accents. The cut-outs for the fans have chamfered edges, for an elegant look. Even the I/O bracket is stealthily colored. Of course, Intel has adorned the Limited Edition with no less than 90 fully controllable diffused RGB LEDs. They accent the outline of the video card and the inside of the fan housing.
The thermal solution is a copper vapor chamber design with flattened 10mmx3mm heat pipes. On top of that are an array of high-density aluminum fins, then the bracket and shroud and fans. The memory and GPU die make direct contact with the vapor chamber for cooling.
The PCB is not oversized and is based on a 6 VRM phase design, and standard 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors. It supports PCIe Gen 4.0 x16, and you will find three DisplayPort 2.0 and one HDMI 2.1 port. Intel claims the fans are built for quiet acoustics at about the volume of a soft whisper.
Even the RGB diffusion has special attention paid to it to create an enjoyable RGB experience. You will find the fans, ring, back, and logo lights up and all are customizable in Intel’s software.