Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger confirmed this week that Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards will launch in Q2 2022.
“AXG [Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group] is on the right track,” Gelsinger said. “And we launched mobile SKUs. We will have desktop SKUs coming in Q2. And we will also have more SKUs during the year. We will complete the product line.”
In February, Intel announced that “AXG plans to ship over 4 million discrete GPUs in 2022” in an investor press kit before confirming that their launch would be delayed until May or June of this year.
Analysis: Will the Intel Arc Alchemist be worth the wait?
While it’s pretty clear that Intel launched the Arc Alchemist mobile GPUs first in order to test them before the all-important PC launch, Intel’s flagship desktop GPU looks promising.
We saw reports in January that Intel’s Arc Alchemist XE 512 GPU could rival the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti in power, with a leaked SiSoftware benchmark showing the XE512 scored 9,017 Mpix/s compared to 8,369 Mpix/s of the RTX 3070 Ti.
The rumor also revealed that the flagship desktop GPU could have up to 4,096 execution cores with 16GB of VRAM and a clock speed of 2.1GHz, although it’s unclear if that’s is base or boosted.
Needless to say, we’re looking forward to June 2022 when we can get our hands on these cards to test ourselves.