Intel Arc A580: Affordable graphics card officially announced with 8 GB of VRAM
Intel's mid-range Arc A580 desktop graphics card has been conspicuously missing from the product stack. The mid-ranger was slated to launch as an alternative to the Radeon RX 7600, and recent leaks have confirmed that speculation. The desktop graphics card is now official and up for sale globally, starting at US$189.
The Intel Arc A580 features 8 GB of VRAM with 24 Xe cores and 24 Raytracing units. Intel claims it operates at 2.0 GHz, well above the 1.7 GHz figure mentioned on the spec sheet. Other specs include a total memory bandwidth of 512 GB/s (256-bit bus) and a TGP of 185 Watts. This should make it an attractive option for 1080p gaming, more so when paired with an affordable CPU like the Core i3-13100.
Intel hasn't shown off much in the way of raw performance. Instead, it focuses on how the Arc A580 fares with its XeSS image upscaling technology, where it delivers an average 63% performance boost across 12 different titles. It is a hefty boost but doesn't mean much in the real world because only a handful of games support XeSS. For creators, the Arc A580 includes a dedicated AV1 encoder and an in-built AI accelerator. Arc Control now has a studio feature for streamers as well.