RTX 4080-rivaling Intel Arc Battlemage to launch in Q1 2024 while Arc Alchemist to be refreshed in Q3 2023 per leaked internal roadmap
It would be an understatement to say that Intel’s first foray into the discreet gaming GPU market has been less than ideal. The company’s debut cards failed to deliver on their promise owing to unoptimized drivers sparking rumors about the cancellation of Intel Arc for desktop gaming. Although subsequent drivers have improved performance, especially on older DirectX titles, the Arc graphics cards are still nowhere close to disrupting the desktop GPU status quo.
Paul from RedGamingTech has now revealed Intel’s GPU roadmap. Per the roadmap, Intel will release two new Arc Alchemist SKUs in the latter part of Q1 2023. These two SKUs include an ACM SKU4 (D23-P5) and an ACM SKU5 (D23-M3). Both boards will have a 150 W TDP and 6 GB of VRAM running at 16 Gbps. Following these two Arc Alchemist GPUs, Intel will allegedly refresh Arc Alchemist with ACM+ G20 and G21 scheduled to arrive in Q3 and Q4 2023 respectively.
The roadmap lists the ACM+ G20 with a 75-100 W TDP, while the ACM+ G21 will reportedly use much more power at 175-225 W.
What’s more interesting however, is that Intel could release Arc Battlemage (BMG G10) in Q1 2024 with widespread availability in Q2’24 as described in the roadmap. The BMG G10 which reportedly uses less than 225 W will be followed by a lower-power BMG G21 with a TDP of <150 W.
Paul mentions that the Arc Battlemage employs a monolithic die and is targeting micro-architecture enhancements, Ray Tracing improvements, next-gen memory subsystems, next-gen ML-based rendering tech, etc. One of the leaker’s sources alleges that Arc Battlemage will also have a large cache system similar to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40.
Lastly, Paul asserts that, although Battlemage may not rival Nvidia’s highest-end GPUs, Intel is still hopeful to rival Nvidia’s “Halo products” with the Arc Celestial when it launches. The leaker thinks that the Arc Celestial will pack a major architecture overhaul. Intel has previously revealed that the Arc Celestial will employ the Xe3 HPG graphics architecture and it will release after Arc Battlemage.
If we are to assume the leaked roadmap is accurate, Arc Battlemage is at least a year away which, in turn, makes the Arc Celestial look like a 2025 or even a 2026 product. Therefore, take the leaked information with a giant grain of salt as it will, most probably, be years before we hear anything official regarding the specs and performance details of Arc Celestial.