Intel marks future consumer graphics processors as Intel Arc. This new Arc badge covers both hardware and software that uses Intel ‘s state – of – the – art standalone graphics processors, as well as several generations of hardware. The first, formerly called DG2, is expected to arrive under the code name “Alchemist” Q1 2022.
Intel’s Arc-based Alchemist graphics processors will be available on both desktops and laptops in early 2022, and Intel aims to seemingly compete against both AMD and Nvidia. While we still don’t know much about the performance of the first Alchemist graphics cards, Intel released a teaser video today, which showed prototype silicon power PUBG, Psychonauts 2, Metro Exodus, and more.
Intel Arc graphics processors are capable of network shading, variable speed shading, video scaling, and real-time beam tracking. Most importantly, Intel also promises AI-accelerated supersampling, which sounds like Intel has its own competitor to Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology. AMD introduced its FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) response to DLSS in June, but it uses only spatial scaling technology instead of AI-based temporal scaling. The goal of all of these techniques is to scale games from a lower resolution to smoother frame rates without significant compromises in image quality.
“The launch of the Intel Arc brand and the unveiling of future generations of hardware signifies Intel’s deep and ongoing commitment to gamers and creators everywhere,” says Roger Chandler, Intel’s Director of Customer Graphics Performance. “We have Teams that are doing an incredible job to make sure we provide a first-class and smooth experience when these products become available early next year.”
Intel is just bullying the brand of its Arc graphics cards today and revealing that “Battlemage,” “Celestial,” and “Druid” are all code names for future generations of Arc GPUs. More detailed information is expected later in 2021.
So far, Intel has introduced to the market the first Iris Xe graphics cards, codenamed “DG1”, using the company’s Xe LP architecture. These lower power cards are designed primarily for pre-built workstations instead of separate gaming devices. Intel’s upcoming Arc graphics cards will be based on the company’s Xe-HPG microarchitecture, a combination of the work Intel has done on its Xe-LP, HP and HPC microarchitectures.