Refreshed Intel Arc Alchemist possibly canned as Arc Battlemage and Celestial reportedly launching in H2 2024 and 2026 respectively
Back in January of this year, we reported that Intel could launch the Arc Battlemage GPUs in Q1 2024 with volume hitting the market in Q2. We also reported that Team Blue could release two new Arc Alchemist SKUs in addition to an Arc Alchemist refresh in late Q1 and Q3 2023 respectively. Now, Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead has revealed new information regarding the 2024 Intel Arc Battlemage, refreshed Arc Alchemist, and the Arc Celestial GPUs.
First, Tom claims that Intel could release new Arc Alchemist SKUs this year provided the company can offload the inventory that it already has. Some of the new SKUs may have “new steppings” with possible bug fixes, clock improvements, and so on. However, the previously-rumored Arc Alchemist refresh looks to have been canned.
The leaker also alleges that the Intel Arc Battlemage is launching in H2 2024 which is much later than earlier reports claiming a Q1 2024 release. However, the Arc Battlemage may not have the purported RTX 4080-level performance as Tom suggests the top Battlemage die may have been binned and a low-end 250 mm2 die produced on the TSMC 4 nm process is now the lead one. Furthermore, this die could feature 12 GB of VRAM and a 192-bit wide bus.
One of Tom’s sources also claimed that the Arc Battlemage “may use a special new technology”. We don’t know what that technology is as the source didn’t share any more details.
Finally, the Arc Celestial which was previously rumored to be Intel’s answer to Nvidia’s “Halo products” appears to have a H1 2026 launch date. Per Tom, Intel has only planned one Arc Celestial die that will be built on TSMC’s N3X process with a size of 180 mm2. As a reference, the RTX 4090 has a die size of 608 mm2 while the RX 7900 XTX’s die measures 529 mm2. If there is indeed only one Arc Celestial die and it measures 180 mm2, the Arc Celestial may not be a flagship product but a low-end/mid-range GPU.
That said, it is too early to talk concretely about the fate of the Arc Battlemage and Arc Celestial. So, take MLID’s report with a giant grain of salt.