Intel Arc Alchemist desktop GPU with 512EUs trades blows with a high-end Nvidia Ampere graphics card in benchmarks
Intel's lack of GPU announcements at CES 2022 left a sour taste in the mouth of GPU-starved enthusiasts, who had to make do with AMD's questionably-specced Radeon RX 6500 XT and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050. Several Intel-branded graphics cards are expected to arrive sometime in Q1, 2022, but the exact date is still unknown. Meanwhile, we have to make do with leaked benchmark scores to get our fill. The top-of-the-line Intel Arc Alchemist desktop GPU showed up on the SiSoftware Sandra database this time around.
Twitter leaker @TUM_APISAK stumbled upon the Intel Arc Alchemist on the benchmarking software. It nets a score of 35,093Mpix/s, 20,888.29Mpix/s, 1,000.31Mpix/s and 109.46Mpix/s on the Half-float GP Compute, Single-float GP Compute, Double-float GP Compute and Quad-float GP Compute tests, respectively, with an overall score of 9,017.52Mpix/s. That is on par with the desktop-grade GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, which perfectly aligns with earlier performance estimates of the Intel Arc Alchemist.
Moving on to the Intel Arc Alchemist's specs, the listing shows the graphics card to run 16GB of VRAM and pack 512EUs. It is clocked at 2.1GHz, but it isn't clear if that figure is the base or boost clock value. We learned earlier that it could consume up to 225W of power and make its way to desktops, laptops and workstations (with varying configurations, of course). Previous showings of Intel's Arc Alchemist lineup have been somewhat lacklustre, and it is good to see the high-end part live up to expectations for once.