Intel leaks “Elasti” codename for 2023 DG3 ARC Battlemage dGPUs in latest NUC graphics driver
Intel does not often leak things by accident, but when this happens, it tends to offer a generous look at future technologies and sometimes even confirms a few previous rumors. This type of accidental leak happened a few days ago with the release of a DCH graphics driver for the Intel NUC Kit 11th Gen that provides support for ARC GPUs releasing in the next few years, although the leaked info was only spotted today by Twitter user KOMACHI_ENSAKA.
For now, Intel does not seem to consider this a major leak, as the NUC Kit 11th Gen driver 126.96.36.19999 can still be downloaded. There is support for upcoming iGPU models all the way up to the Lunar Lake (LNL) family scheduled for 2024, including the Raptor Lake-S desktop models, Meteor Lake (MTL) and Arrow Lake (ARL). The driver also lists two DG3 dGPUs codenamed “Elasti.” Moore’s Law Is Dead first mentioned this codename in a leak released in May and this driver now confirms the internal naming.
From what we can see in the PCI IDs from the driver config files, there are only two DG3 models mentioned. However, DG3 is supposed to be the direct successor to the ARC Alchemist launching as ARC Battlemage some time in 2023, so we should be seeing quite a few more models for both the desktop and mobile platforms. In one of MLID’s recent videos, Battlemage is rumored to include high-end models that can compete with AMD’s top RDNA3 cards and possibly even with RDNA4.