Official Intel Arc A730 and A770M benchmarks suggest RTX 3050 Ti, RTX 3060-like performance

In context: Intel’s Arc A-series family of discrete GPUs may prove to be the most disappointing hardware release this year. And that’s despite the company’s best efforts to break into a tough market where Nvidia dominates the high-end segment and AMD offers alternatives for budget-conscious gamers. The Arc 7 laptop GPUs haven’t made their debut yet, but they’re officially intended for Nvidia’s more modest offerings in the Ampere lineup.

Earlier this week, a review of the Arc A380 desktop graphics card revealed why Intel didn’t want to release it worldwide. Performance lags behind AMD’s slowest RX 6000 series card and even Nvidia’s GTX 1650 which debuted three years ago. Some of that is to be expected, as Nvidia and AMD have been perfecting their drivers for years and a first-generation discrete GPU architecture from Intel is unlikely to challenge their current offerings on anything other than price or power efficiency. .

According to Tom’s Hardware, Intel recently sent out review guidelines for its Arc Alchemist mobile GPUs and their performance in modern AAA games. Specifically, the company is sharing information about the Arc A770M and Arc A730M GPUs, which are based on the ACM-G10 chip. Intel seems to be positioning them as alternatives to Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060 laptop GPUs, which are entry-level offerings in the Ampere lineup.

The A730M has 24 Xe cores running at up to 1100 MHz, 24 ray tracing units, and 12 gigabytes of GDDR6 coupled over a 192-bit interface. Its big brother, the A770M, has 32 Xe cores running at 1650 MHz, 32 ray tracing units and 16 gigabytes of VRAM connected via a 265-bit interface.

Similar to Nvidia’s RTX 30-series laptop GPUs, Intel’s Arc A730M and 770M GPUs will ship with varying TGP ratings that will be configured by manufacturers based on their design goals for computer models. particular laptops. They oscillate between 80 to 120 watts for the A730M and 120 to 150 watts for the A770M.

Game settings) RTX-3050Ti Bow A730M RTX-3060 Bow A770M
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (High) 38 fps 50 fps 74 fps 69 fps
Borderlands 3 (Ultra) 45 fps 50 fps 60 fps 79 fps

Control (high)

42 fps 62 fps 70 fps 89 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (Ultra) 39 fps 49 fps 54 fps 68 fps
Death Stranding (Ultra) 89 fps 87 fps 113 fps 102 fps
Dirt 5 (high) 64 fps 61 fps 83 fps 87 fps
F1 2021 (Ultra) 68 fps 86 fps 96 fps 123 fps

Far Cry 6 (Ultra)

63 fps 68 fps 80 fps 82 fps
Gears of War 5 (Ultra) 58 fps 52 fps 72 fps 73 fps
Horizon Zero Dawn (Ultimate Quality) 63 fps 50 fps 80 fps 68 fps
Subway Exodus (Ultra) 39 fps 54 fps 53 fps 69 fps
Red Dead Redemption 2 (high) 46 fps 60 fps 66 fps 77 fps

Strange Brigade (Ultra)

98 fps 123 fps 134 fps 172 fps
The Division 2 (Ultra) 63 fps 51 fps 78 fps 86 fps
The Witcher 3 (Ultra) 96 fps 101 fps 124 fps 141 fps
Total War Saga: Troy (Ultra) 48 fps 66 fps 71 fps 86 fps
Watch Dogs Legion (High) 59 fps 71 fps 77 fps 89 fps

Intel’s benchmarks suggest that its A730M and A770M GPUs can outperform the RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060 in 1080p performance across a variety of games by up to 48%. However, Team Blue admits lower performance in some titles like Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Dawn, so the average performance advantage is only 12-13%.

The problem with these results is that Intel didn’t specify the TGP of the Arc GPUs it used for testing, whereas the guidelines show the RTX 3050 Ti with a 60-watt TGP and the RTX 3060 with a TGP 85 watts. Both numbers are below the minimums for the Arc A730M and A770M, and significantly below the maximum configurable TGPs, making it difficult to judge the merits of the Alchemist architecture against the competition.

Intel Arc GPUs are equipped with more VRAM than their supposed Nvidia counterparts, which is a plus point. They may also be capable of better performance when configured to use more power, but the same is true for the RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060. Intel’s public documentation suggests that Arc Alchemist GPUs need a resizable BAR to work best, and this feature may not have been enabled on the MSI Pulse G66 (RTX 3060) and Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (RTX 3050 Ti) test machines.

In any case, it seems that Intel is not interested in competing at the high end with this first generation of discrete GPUs. The company has an Arc Limited Edition graphics card for desktop systems that could feature higher clocks than the A770M, but it’s unclear if it will even approach RTX 3070 performance levels as rumored. said.

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