News hardware Graphics cards: Intel unveils the performance of the Arc Alchemist A730M and A770M, exciting or disappointing?
Never better served than by oneself? That’s what Intel must have thought yesterday when it published a comparative benchmark of its two most powerful graphics processors for laptops. And the least we can say is that the results, even nicely coated, are not really up to our expectations.
Intel Arc Alchemist A730M and A770M, half fig, half grape results
But where does Intel really want to go with its graphics cards? Announced with great fanfare last year, eager to shake up the hierarchy and offer a credible and cheaper alternative to gamers, Intel seems to have been floundering in the semolina since then and no longer really know which foot to dance on.
Multiple delays, availability limited to the Chinese market or to PCs already assembled, one thing is certain, this generation, even if it is intended to serve as a test for Intel, will not tickle a toe from AMD or Nvidia who are already focused on the launch of their RX 7000 and RTX 4000 series.
Worse still, each leak that falls shows us cards with performance well behind what was originally announced. On the desktop card side, the A380 can’t stand up to a 2019 GTX 1650 and struggles to compete with AMD’s entry-level, the RX 6400.
It is therefore in the Arc 7 series that all our hopes rest, but again, a few weeks ago, we discovered that the A730M, the second most efficient model in the range, struggled against a simple RTX 3060.
Intel publishes its own benchmarks to highlight its Arc Alchemist A730M and A770M graphics cards
Not content to see mediocre results leaked on social networks, Intel has therefore decided to publish its own benchmarks for its two “high-end” graphics chips.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the A730M model embeds 24 Xe cores with a frequency of 1100 MHz as well as 12 GB of GDDR6 while the A770M has 32 cores at 1650 MHz and embeds 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM.
Intel wanted to prove to us that its cards were respectively more powerful than an RTX 3050 Ti or an RTX 3060 (exit the expected and promised comparison with the RTX 3070…) and provided us with the following table:
All the tests were carried out in Full HD with high settings and we observe thaton average the Arc Alchemist A730M is 13% faster than an RTX 3050 Ti and the A770M would be 12% faster than an RTX 3060.
Except that… Where Intel does not play it fair is that each card has not been tested on the same config… Intel Arc models were able to benefit from the power of a Core i9 and 16 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM against Core i7 and 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM for Nvidia cards…
Orange yellow card on this one for Intel which does not seem to be on which foot to dance with its graphics cards. It is now hoped that the next generation will be better able to compete with the best cards from AMD and Nvidia and not with the entry-level models.