Intel Arc Alchemist refresh reportedly in the works as next-gen Arc Battlemage supposedly gets delayed
From the RTX 3060-level performance of the Arc A750 to the debunking of the unreleased Arc A780 by Intel, Intel Arc Alchemist is everywhere in the news. Paul from RedGamingTech has now decided to add some more sauce to the mix by detailing some interesting rumors about a possible Arc refresh.
According to one of Paul’s sources, Intel will refresh the mobile Arc Alchemist lineup close to CES next year. Curiously, Intel is also allegedly delaying the next-gen Arc Battlemage boards. Codenamed “DG3 Elasti”, the Arc Battlemage architecture is the successor to Arc Alchemist and supposedly Intel’s answer to the upcoming AMD RDNA 3 and Nvidia Lovelace boards.
The leaker also suspects that the refreshed boards will have the same number of Execution Units (EUs) and architecture as the original parts. The main improvements are going to be in frequency.
Paul also comments on the recent Arc Alchemist A770 showcase on Linus Tech Tips. He hints at Team Blue’s plan to gain ground in the GPU market. Per the leaker, Intel will be spending a lot of cash to incentivize system integrators and laptop makers to include discreet Arc GPUs in their machines. If true, the strategy makes sense.
While Intel can claim to beat Nvidia and AMD in price-to-performance, the company needs to convince developers to start optimizing for Arc if it wants to be competitive in all segments. One way to entice developers is to have a large Arc user base which Intel is looking to acquire through cash and other incentives like the leaker mentions.
The company is also reportedly “doubling and quadrupling down” on developer assistance programs.
We’ll have to wait and see if any of these reports end up being true and whether or not Intel can claw some market share away from the top dogs.