Several new Intel Arc Alchemist laptops have been listed on retailer sites in the US and UK, signaling that Intel’s long-awaited discrete GPU may finally be reaching consumers’ hands after months or even years. waiting.
The listings are limited to a few Lenovo and HP laptops on a handful of websites and feature only the Intel Arc A370M mobile GPU, which is a fairly entry-level GPU compared to the A500 and A700 series GPUs that Intel foresees. upon release later this year. However, it is a step up from the only other Intel Arc GPU in the wild, the A350M. This latest GPU is currently only an option on the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro, and it is not yet available outside of Asia.
Prices for new laptops also vary quite wildly, with the 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 3i gaming laptop selling for £761 and £849 respectively at Lambda-Tek and Currys in the UK. In the US, meanwhile, the 15.6-inch Asus ZenBook Flip 2-in-1 is listed for $1,399 and the 16-inch HP Specter 2-in-1 for $1,999 at Best Buy.
None of the laptops are available to order yet, with every announcement saying it’s either coming soon or out of stock, but the fact that the laptops are listed at all times indicates that their release in the markets American and British is imminent.
Hopefully we can get a few before long so we can finally give Intel Arc GPUs a thorough review.
Analysis: Intel Arc was a long time coming
We’ve been eagerly anticipating Intel’s take on discrete graphics for years, ever since we first saw the first demos at CES 2020. Now that these GPUs are slowly starting to spread around the world, we really hope that ‘Intel will be able to do something to disrupt the Nvidia-AMD duopoly that exists in the graphics processing space.
It will still be several weeks, if not months, before we get our hands on Intel’s discrete desktop graphics cards, so we’ve still got a ways to go before we can really get a look at the best of Intel for this generation of GPUs. Still, the fact that there will be new graphics cards in this generation is exciting, and not just because it should help alleviate ongoing graphics card shortages.
What interests us most is some new innovation and competition from Intel to help entice Nvidia and AMD to work harder to deliver a better product, especially since it looks like graphics cards and processors will not be as readily available as they have been in the past. If we have to wait a bit to get our hands on a graphics card, we’d like it to be worth the wait.