Intel has finally announced that Arc desktop GPUs are going to debut in China. The Intel Arc A380 graphics card is the first graphics card from Intel’s Arc A-series. The series is meant for both content creators as well as mainstream gamers.
Starting June 2022, several of Intel’s desktop PC ecosystem partners in China, including Acer, ASUS, Gigabyte, GUNNIR, HP, and MSI, will offer the Arc A380 GPU. After the release of the latest GPUs in China, Intel is looking to release the Arc desktop GPUs globally.
As for pricing, the Intel Arc A380 card could retail for CNY 1,030 (about Rs 12,000). The pricing suggests that it will be an entry-level graphics card similar to Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650. Intel says, however, that the card will provide 25% more performance for your money than its competitors.
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Intel Arc A380 details
The Arc A380 GPU is Intel’s first fully-featured desktop card to be built on the Xe high-performance graphics microarchitecture. What’s more, the A380 is equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM. Hence, it will support most modern games.
Moreover, the GPU also features every new age technology, including hardware-accelerated ray tracing and supports the entire DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set. According to Intel, the graphics card can deliver 1080p gaming at 60fps or more for popular games, including League of Legends, Moonlight Blade, Naraka: Bladepoint, and PUBG: Battlegrounds.
It is worth mentioning that this card might struggle to run AAA games. However, it doesn’t come as a surprise after looking at the pricing. The card also comes equipped with Intel Xe Matrix Extensions AI acceleration engines, allowing for speedier content development.
Furthermore, the Xe Media Engine supports HEVC and H.264 encode and decode. Plus, it also features industry-first hardware AV1 encoding acceleration. It can also process media at an 8K resolution. The Xe Display Engine can also support up to four 4K 120Hz HDR displays, two 8K 60Hz panels, and up to 360Hz for 1080p and 1440p resolutions.
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