3 Things the Latest Intel Arc Alchemist Leaks Reveal
Speculation and hype often go hand in hand, and these two bedfellows are currently waltzing around Intel’s upcoming Arc Alchemist GPU. Fueling the fire is the leak of Arc Alchemist engineering images, along with a leaked video showing someone removing a version of the sought-after, currently unavailable graphics card from its box.
It’s tantalizing, for sure. Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPU is set to become the first actual competitor to Nvidia and AMD in a long time and people are desperate for more information on the actual hardware. So, with that in mind, what do the latest Arc Alchemist leaks tell us about Intel’s upcoming GPU?
1. Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs Have Up to 8 Memory Modules
Thanks to the awesome team over at VideoCardz, we know that Arc Alchemist GPUs will launch with up eight individual memory modules, meaning the card will likely launch with 16GB and 12GB configurations. The type of VRAM used is expected to be GDDR6, as Nvidia uses for its entry-level, mid-range, and some high-end RTX 30-series GPUs, and AMD uses for all of its RX 60-series GPUs.
- Nvidia RTX 3050: 8GB GDDR6
- Nvidia RTX 3060: 12GB GDDR6
- Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6
- Nvidia RTX 3070: 8GB GDDR6
- AMD RX 6500 XT: 4GB GDDR6
- AMD RX 6600: 8GB GDDR6
- AMD RX 6600 XT: 8GB GDDR6
- AMD RX 6700 XT: 12GB GDDR6
With Nvidia’s cards, the premium tier GPUs such as the RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3090, and RTX 3090 Ti all use faster the GDDR6X VRAM, which only Nvidia currently uses.
There is no way of knowing exactly how well Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs will stack up until reviewers and testers get their hands on them. One or two leaks relating to Arc Alchemist in-game performance have appeared, but without wider corroboration, these are just that—speculative specs.
Still, the hardware should put Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs right amongst it, which can only be a good thing for consumers. On specs alone (and without knowing what the Arc Alchemist memory bus will be), Arc Alchemist GPUs could end up outpowering Nvidia’s RTX 3070 and AMD’s RX 6600 XT GPUs!
2. Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs Come with 6-Pin and 8-Pin Power Connectors
The second thing we know from the images and the following video is that Intel’s new GPUs will require at least a 6-pin power connector, with the option of using a dual 8-pin connector for extra power.
The power requirements would put the Arc Alchemist GPU on par with Nvidia and AMD’s power-hungry high-end GPUs, many of which require hundreds of watts of power to run. For example, the Nvidia RTX 3070 requires 220W and the RTX 3080 requires 320W, while the AMD RX 6800 XT requires 250W and the RX 6900 XT requires 300W.
In short, if Arc Alchemist is aiming to compete with AMD and Nvidia, which it is, it’s safe to say that it will closely align with those power requirements. If you haven’t already, it could be time to consider upgrading your PSU.
3. Intel Arc Alchemist Is Ready to Launch
The official Arc Alchemist launch data is anyone’s guess. However, the Arc Alchemist GPU in the linked video shows a GPU very much ready for production, missing its backplate, but with all its parts in place. Now, we have no idea when Intel will pull the trigger, but it long stated that Q1 2022 was the preferred launch time.
Well, here we are Intel. Just say the word, we’re waiting patiently for you to break up AMD and Nvidia’s duopoly.
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