After announcing its line of dedicated Arc GPUs and outlining their specs earlier this month, Intel has finally announced the pricing for its top-of-the-line Arc A770. The card will be priced at $329 and will hit the market starting October 12.
This price confirms suspicions that Intel is targeting the RTX 3060, a card that the A770 should easily outperform, at least on paper. The card comes in two variants, with 8 or 16GB of GDDR6 memory, a 2.1GHz clock speed, 32 RT cores and 32 Xe cores. Intel claims the memory bandwidth at 560GB/s making the card a rather good deal for the price.
The company hasn’t yet released any full benchmarks but has claimed that review units of the A770 are being shipped, so we can expect reviews and comparisons in the near future. That said, it did share some recent results showing the A770 outperforming the RTX 3060 in ray-tracing-based games at 1080p. Additionally, Intel now claims that the card is 65% better at ray tracing performance as compared to the ‘competition’.
These results put the A770 somewhere in between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti. While the RTX 3070 retails at $499, Intel might just end up coming uncomfortably close to Nvidia with its $329 GPU.
There’s no information in terms of pricing and availability for the rest of the Intel Arc lineup but the company did release 48 benchmarks last month comparing the A750 to the RTX 3060 and the two cards actually turned out to be rather competitive with each other. Considering the A770 is slightly more powerful than the A750, it should outperform the Nvidia card with ease.
Intel did initially set low expectations for its Arc lineup, but it now seems to be giving some of the most popular Nvidia cards a run for its money. Combined with the current crypto mining-related hardware dump flooding the market with GPUs and Nvidia’s $1 billion-plus drop in gaming revenue, Intel’s lineup might be pretty well placed to compete in the market.