With bated breath, we’ve been waiting for the launch of Intel’s range of discrete graphics cards, and now it’s finally just around the corner. At least for gaming laptops. A wait page on Intel’s official website is causing the arc GPU launch event for March 30 at 8:00 am PDT. This event will only feature laptop GPUs for now, but it’s still the beginning of a new future for Intel hardware.
The GPUs we expect to see displayed are likely to be similar to those DG2 Arc laptop specs we saw leaked in January and luckily we have a little more clarification. VideoCardz spotted a blog post where Lisa Pearce, vice president and general manager of the Visual Compute Group, answered a few questions ahead of the launch.
According to the post, the first Intel Arc discrete GPU to hit the market will be the A370M. It is showing up to 2x improvement of an integrated card without changing the overall shape of the machine. Intel credits its Deep Link technologies for some of the improvements and promises better performance in the future.
The 2x performance claim was achieved using Metro Exodus’ average FPS at 1080 on medium. You would definitely expect better performance in any game with discrete over integrated graphics, but we’re assuming that at medium settings extra features like ray tracing probably weren’t enabled. Still, more power in the same form factor is definitely what we like to see in technology, especially our gaming laptops.
Still, many of us are hoping to see what Intel plans to offer for the desktop GPU lineup as well. We hope to hear more about this in a few months, which is a little later than we expected. Leaks are hinting at powerful cards that may even compete with the big dogs like AMD and Nvidia.