Intel expanded its Arc graphics lineup on Tuesday by introducing a graphics card priced at $179, particularly focusing on budget-conscious avid gamers searching for high quality efficiency at 1080p decision.
This new addition, the Arc A580, falls between Intel’s entry-level A380 and mid-tier A700-series GPUs launched the earlier yr. A fast take a look at the cardboard’s specs reveals that the A580 is actually a streamlined model of the A750.
Each playing cards boast 8 GB of GDDR6 reminiscence, providing a considerable 512 GB/s of reminiscence bandwidth. Nonetheless, the A580, the extra inexpensive choice, contains a barely diminished rely of Xe graphics and ray-tracing items, dropping from 28 to 24.
Moreover, the A580 operates at a technically slower clock velocity of 1.7 GHz, in distinction to the A750’s 2.05 GHz. Notably, Intel mentions that its launch companions, together with Asrock, Sparkle, and Gunnir, have overclocked their A580 playing cards to 2 GHz.
These reductions in efficiency do benefit from a decrease thermal design energy (TDP) of 185 watts, in comparison with the 225 watts required by the stronger A750 variants.
When it comes to precise efficiency, Intel asserts that the A580 can deal with high-quality 1080p gaming with body charges exceeding 60 FPS in numerous titles. Intel even offered charts showcasing the A580 attaining 94 FPS in Shadow of the Tomb Raider with ray-traced shadows enabled, all with out resorting to AI-upscaling strategies.
AI upscaling expertise has gained recognition lately amongst GPU producers to boost body charges on much less highly effective GPUs. Nvidia gives Deep Studying Tremendous Sampling (DLSS), AMD has FidelityFX Tremendous Decision, and Intel has Xe Tremendous Sampling (XeSS). These applied sciences make use of numerous algorithms and machine studying to upscale lower-resolution frames to 1080p or larger, leading to smoother gameplay.
It’s value noting that sport builders must assist these applied sciences for them to work successfully, and Intel’s XeSS is presently supported in 64 titles, which is fewer than AMD’s FSR (139 titles) and Nvidia’s DLSS (300+ titles).
If a sport does assist XeSS, Intel claims that avid gamers can expertise as much as a 63 per cent enhance in body charges when the function is activated. As all the time, when contemplating vendor-provided efficiency figures, it’s advisable to method them with a level of scepticism.
Past gaming, Intel additionally highlights the A580’s twin AV1 media decoders and encoders. AV1 is a comparatively new, royalty-free video codec recognized for its distinctive compression effectivity, surpassing present codecs like H.265 by 20 to 40 per cent.
Nonetheless, the first promoting level of the Arc A580 is probably going its aggressive value level. Priced beginning at $179, this card undercuts the market costs of its “closest competitors,” such because the Nvidia RTX 3050 and AMD RX 6600, by a margin of $25 to $50 based mostly on present market situations.