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Arc A380: Intel graphics performance revealed

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The first Intel desktop graphics card was officially launched in China and we are reaching the first points of comparison with the competition.

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Intel has been reporting on its Arc Alchemist graphics cards for nearly a year, but it must be admitted that the manufacturer has become more discreet in recent months, amidst lags and reduced performance. Originally, if Intel GPUs were to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30, they could eventually arrive at the same time as the RTX 40 series and the performance gap will inevitably widen in Nvidia’s favor …

The first tests fall

We have some benchmarks of the first models of the Arc A380, a small entry-level graphics card sold in China to integrators who can customize it andoverclock slightly. This GPU is clearly not designed to run the triple A titles of the moment in 4K, but it is meant for game in Full HD (1080p), and it will even be necessary to reduce the graphics on the most demanding titles.

The Intel Arc A380.  © Intel

The Intel Arc A380. © Intel

Our colleagues from Wccftech has released official Intel performance data for this card with some well-known games, in order to compare it with its direct competitors: Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 and AMD’s Radeon RX 6400 which are around $ 200 right now. For information, the games mentioned were set at 1080p and with average graphics quality.

Game performance of Arc A380 against the competition.  © Wccftech

Game performance of Arc A380 against the competition. © Wccftech

We can see that the GTX 1650 performs much better than the A380 in most games with 10, 20 or even 30 fps higher. The Radeon RX 6400 is also faster overall, except in some titles like The Witcher 3, Total War: Troy Where is it F1 2021. Quite disappointing results, which certainly show that it is possible to play smoothly at more than 60 fps, but the selected games are not very young or undemanding.

AMD processors at a disadvantage?

A Chinese user also showed (via Bilibili) that using an AMD CPU with the Arc A380 reduces its performance by an average of 17% in games compared to an A380 + Intel CPU configuration. The explanation may lie behind the fact that the Resizable Bar (a technology that allows the CPU to directly access video memory) is supported by processors used with Intel Arc GPUs. But this is not the case with AMD processors that have their own Smart Access Memory technology.

The Intel Arc A380 therefore has a rough start and hopefully the higher-end Alchemist series GPUs are better positioned against the competition. Without offering high performance, these GPUs could eventually benefit from good value for money, but a minimum of performance and compatibility will need to be guaranteed. For the moment, the A380 is only distributed in China at a recommended price of around 160 €. We shouldn’t see him arrive in Europe before the end of the summer.

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