Tipster reveals purported details for an entry-level US$179 Intel Arc Alchemist GPU with 128 EUs, 6GB of GDDR6, and performance in line with the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER
Moore's Law is Dead recently shared a video that goes into detail about a purported entry-level Intel Arc Alchemist graphics card. This card reportedly features 6GB of GDDR6 memory across a 96-bit bus, 128 Execution Units, and a 75W TDP. The YouTuber stated that performance should be in line with the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER, if not slightly faster. More interesting, however, was his price estimate for the card, coming in at just US$179.
At a time when "midrange" graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 3060 are selling for as much as US$999 on Amazon, it would be interesting to see a card delivered anywhere near a sub-US$200 price point. Of course, the global silicon shortage affects Intel as well as AMD and NVIDIA, meaning that supply-side issues could drive prices well beyond the Alchemist's stated MSRP.
Moore's Law is Dead predicts that the 128 EU variant of Alchemist will launch on both laptops and desktop, between Q1-Q2 of 2022. While the GTX 1650 SUPER isn't exactly a powerful graphics card, it's a definite step up from even the best integrated GPUs on the market right now. If the entry-level Alchemist delivers performance on par with the GTX 1650 SUPER, it could turn into a great option for 2022 budget builds.
Check out the GeForce GTX 1650 Super here on Amazon.