Intel officially enters the discrete GPU game with Arc on Wednesday

Intel is set to show off its new Arc laptop GPUs in a live stream this Wednesday to coincide with its launch. This would be the first time since a Intel investor event since we’ve heard any official word from these new GPUs.

A tweet from Intel confirms that we should expect to see some “OEM devices with Arc GPUs to be released by the end of this month”. AN live stream landing page discovered a few weeks ago revealed the date and time of said live stream, which spoiled the surprise.

According to a previously leaked slide, Intel is getting ready at least five different notebook SKUs from high-end discrete graphics with 512 EUs with 16GB VRAM to a low-end SKU with 96 EUs and 4GB VRAM, seemingly making a laptop GPU for all budgets.

Hopefully in the presentation we’ll get a better sense of how these GPUs will perform in games, of course, as well as see what the pricing will look like at OEMs that use these discrete graphics. We expect these Intels to compete in the low to mid-range laptop market, which is always welcome.

We don’t expect much from Intel Arc desktop GPUs since the launch appears to have been delayed back to june. Intel wants to ensure that the launch of Arc desktop GPUs goes smoothly at a time when its competitors’ graphics cards are not only back in stock, but are also dropping in price. We will, lower than they were.

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This is also a good opportunity to see XeSS in action. Intel’s AI upscaling technology promises double the performance boost and is welcome, especially on budget laptops.

Once we get review samples of these Intel Arc laptops internally, we’ll put them to work and see if Intel’s return to the GPU scene makes any real difference in the highly competitive GPU fight.

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