AMD fired a volley of flak at Intel, providing comparative benchmarks of its Radeon 6500M laptop GPU against Intel’s new Arc A370M, showing that the former leaves Team Blue pretty much in the dust.
Of course, we have to take any direct-to-manufacturer comparisons with a lot of caution – we’ll get to that later – but here are the detailed results from AMD on Twitter:
As you can see, the posted image compares the two GPUs in terms of average frames per second (fps) at 1080p resolution with average detail across five different games.
While Intel’s Arc A370M consistently breaks the magic 60fps mark, with results ranging from 62fps to 71fps, the AMD GPU manages 88fps to 135fps in its best-case scenario. This latest game, F1 2021, sees the 6500M be more than twice as fast as the Intel GPU, but some results are much closer than that – but still with AMD having a decent lead at around 25% to 50%.
Analysis: let’s be careful around these first benchmarks
Obviously, at first glance, this looks like a big win for AMD. However, there are plenty of caveats here, as we’ve already mentioned, so let’s dig deeper.
First, there’s the point of bias we’ve already made: a manufacturer presenting benchmarks will inevitably select them to some extent in order to show their product in its best light (in terms of the games chosen, and may – be parameters used, or drivers) .
Then there are the unknowns around the laptops configuration and the rest of the hardware specs. AMD obviously quickly got its hands on one of the first laptops with the A370M inside, but what were the other components built around it, and those of the 6500M laptop?
And also, what power levels were the A370M and 6500M configured with? Both can run at up to 50W, but it’s unclear if, for example, the Intel GPU could have been powered at its base usage which is just under 35W, with the 6500M running at 50W (and getting better performance as a result). It’s up to the laptop manufacturer to decide how much power to supply to the mobile GPU, based on the laptop’s capabilities and thermals.
Still, that said, in some corners of the network there has been a somewhat disappointed reaction to Intel’s very first Arc GPUs, somewhat encouraged by leaks like the one spotted by Tom’s Hardware. (opens in a new tab) suggesting that the A370M is slower than the half-decade-old Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti mobile GPU in 3DMark. However, we must be careful with such leaks, as always.
Also keep in mind that Intel’s driver no doubt still needs some fine-tuning – it’s just out the door, after all – and performance will improve over time in the early days. The truth is, we won’t really know how good Intel’s early Arc mobile GPUs are until we can test them out ourselves, and can see all the ins and outs of the comparative playing field as we do. .
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that Arc has other potential goodies like XeSS for increasing frame rates, and non-gaming benefits that some users will benefit from (like AV1 encoding).
Don’t forget that the two Arc 3 series laptop GPUs initially launched are also the lowest-end products, and we haven’t yet seen anything of Intel’s big guns and what they can do. .