The release of Intel’s Arc Alchemist series is approaching. We still don’t have a clear understanding of how the various cards will compete with their AMD and Nvidia competitors, but hints are emerging, including a new Geekbench 5 OpenCL benchmark for the Arc A770. The A770 is believed to be the flagship of the Arc family.
According Introducing Geekbench 5(by Benchleaks and Tom’s Hardware), the board has 512 compute units, clocked at a maximum of 2400MHz. Memory is reported at 12.7 GB, but this could be a reporting error. If we assume the reported configuration is accurate, then this is the full ACM-G10 GPU.
OpenCL is a framework for heterogeneous computing on different types of processors, including CPUs and GPUs. It’s not an indicator of gaming performance, however it does give us an idea of the kind of computational performance the card has compared to its competitors.
The A770 returns an OpenCL score of 85585. This compares to a GeForce RTX 2070 at 85818 and a Radeon RX 6600 XT at 82559. So that’s not exactly a stellar number for Intel’s entry. For example, an RTX 3080 scores around 181,000, while a 6800 XT scores 157,000. That means the A770, as configured, lags far behind the high-end AMD and Nvidia offerings. It is possible that the Intel 9600K processor used for the Arc result is causing a performance bottleneck.
Again, though, it’s important to remember that OpenCL performance does not reflect gaming performance. Just look at the results of 6800 XT and 3080 above. While a 3080 has a healthy advantage over a 6800 XT, they are much closer in gaming performance. Pinch of salt needed.
Intel is ramping up its marketing campaign. We’ve seen some teasers now, including a slick view videoit is a XeSS demo, which is Intel’s image upscaling technology. The company also talked a bit about its video engine, which includes full AV1 encoding and decoding Support, support.
What remains to be seen is the actual performance of games in the real world. Only then will we have a better understanding of how Intel’s first generation GPUs compare to those of AMD and Nvidia. We can expect the cards to release sometime during the summer or winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere.