Intel stealthily launches Arc Alchemist A570M and A530M budget mobile GPUs
Intel has not yet publicly acknowledged the availability of the new A570M and A530M mobile GPU SKUs, but the models are already mentioned in the latest GPU driver and their product spec pages are also available. This type of silent launch could suggest that Intel is not allocating too many resources for the current Alchemist lineup that did not do too well against similar Nvidia / AMD offerings and is most likely shifting focus to its upcoming Arc Battlemage products reportedly slated for next year.
The A570M appears to have mostly the same specs as the existing A550M. It features 16 Xe cores with 256 execution units, 4 render slices and 16 ray tracing units. However the core clock of the A570M was raised to 1300 MHz from 900 MHz and thus the TGP also sees a bump to 75 - 95 W. Surprisingly enough, the A530M is also clocked at 1.3 GHz, but only features 12 Xe cores with 192 EUs, 3 render slices and 12 ray tracing units, while the TGP is slightly lower at 65-95 W, yet still a slight bump over the 60 - 80 W of the A550M.
Both new SKUs are still limited to PCIe 4.0 X8. As far as the VRAM is concerned, the A570M integrates 8 GB of GDDR6, just like the A550M, whereas the A530M will come with 4 or 8 GB configurations. Presumably, this is the same 14 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM with 128-bit memory bus from the A550M. Additionally, the latest GPU drivers reveal that the two new SKUs use the new ACM-G12 die that is also featured on the Arc Pro A60 GPU professional GPUs.
Seeing that the A550M is comparable to an RTX 3060, the A570M could get closer to an RTX 3070. Depending on the VRAM configuration, the A530M will probably match or even beat the RTX 3050. Hopefully, laptop OEMs will integrate these models with minimal costs for the end user, otherwise there is no other incentive for choosing Intel’s solutions over those from Nvidia or AMD.