Flagship Arc Battlemage specifications leak with reduced clock speed, 75% more shaders vs Arc A770 and increased die size than previously rumored
Despite past leaks claiming that Intel could shut down its enthusiast GPU division, Team Blue’s desktop GPU division has yet to throw in the towel. Indeed, not only is Team Blue launching new products like the Arc A580 but we also know from a previous report that the next-gen Battlemage cards are in active development. We now have a set of updated specifications for the flagship Intel Arc Battlemage GPU courtesy of Graphically Challenged.
Graphically Challenged reports on Twitter that the flagship Arc Battlemage GPU is built on the TSMC 4 nm process with a die size “a little larger” than an Arc A770. Since the Intel Arc A770 has a die size of 406 mm², the Arc Battlemage flagship die could be significantly bigger than the RTX 4080. This contrasts previous rumors where the flagship Battlemage BMG G10 was thought to have a die size similar to that of the AD103 GPU featured inside the RTX 4080 (379 mm²).
Naturally, a bigger die is more expensive to produce than a smaller one, so the Arc Battlemage BMG G10 GPU could cost more to manufacture than the AD103. However, despite this apparent increase in cost, Graphically Challenged thinks that the Battlemage flagship price will probably be around the US$449 mark.
Moving on, the leaker also reveals that the flagship Battlemage card will have 56 Xe cores, 16 GB of memory, a 256-bit wide bus, and a clock speed of 2.8 GHz. While the core count and the memory configuration are in line with previous leaks, the proposed 2.8 GHz clock speed is a downward revision vs the 3 GHz clock speed rumors that were swirling about.
Furthermore, the Arc Battlemage flagship SKU reportedly has 7,168 shaders which is 75% more than the Arc A770.
Finally, on the performance side, Graphically Challenged alleges that Battlemage flagship performs on the RTX 4070 Ti-level in gaming and rivals the RTX 4080 in compute.
Intel is rumored to launch the Battlemage cards in late H1 2024 which means we are potentially more than 6 months away from the official unveiling. Therefore, Battlemage specifications mentioned here could end up undergoing major revisions come the release date. So, take the information with a grain of salt.
Intel Battlemage Flagship full specs— Graphically Challenged / TheDisplayGuy (@GraphicallyChal) October 10, 2023
Node: TSMC 4nm
Boost Clock: 2.8GHz
The rest is unknown.
Expect 4070 Ti in gaming. Could be 4080 in compute.