Early Arc Battlemage samples allegedly miss performance target as flagship Battlemage BMG G10 is reportedly in active development
We reported in early July that Intel’s next-generation Arc Battlemage was experiencing development issues. The report which came to us via Moore’s Law Is Dead also suggested that the flagship Battlemage GPU, the BMG G10, was nerfed and no longer targeted the RTX 4080-level performance. Now, thanks to RedGamingTech and Andreas Schilling on Twitter, we have some further information related to the Intel Arc Battlemage.
First up, Andreas Schilling claimed on Twitter that they saw actual BMG G10 Battlemage GPUs during a recent tour of Intel’s Failure Lab in Malaysia. So, the flagship Battlemage BMG G10 “is real” and seems to be under active development.
Adding to Andreas’ report, Paul from RedGamingTech alleges that, although the final Battlemage performance targets are around the RTX 4080, initial engineering samples of Battlemage are not hitting the said targets in gaming per some of the leaker’s sources. The leaker suggests that early Arc Battlemage gaming performance seems to be “on par” with the RTX 4070.
That said, Paul further clarifies that the Battlemage ES chips appear to be hitting their performance goals in compute-related tasks and the deficiencies in gaming performance could be due to hardware issues associated with these early samples.
If leaks are true, the Arc Battlemage is unlikely to launch before late H1 2024. As such, the specifications of the final BMG G10 product could be much different than what Paul is reporting. Therefore, take the information with a giant grain of salt, as there is plenty of time to go before we get to hear anything about Battlemage from Intel directly.
I’ve seen wafers with Emerald Rapids XCC on them, that were being cut. Not a surprise at all, but still ...— Andreas Schilling ???????? (@aschilling) August 29, 2023
Also MTL682_C0, so Meteor Lake with 6 P-Cores, 8 E-Cores and GT2 Graphic Tile tested in a C0 stepping and finally the Failure Lab already saw BMG G10 - Battlemage is real. https://t.co/rKr7au95JZ