MSI reportedly leaks the first desktop benchmarks for Intel’s Arc GPUs

Intel’s low-end desktop graphics card has had its gaming performance leaked by a very reliable source: MSI. The loose lips of the company were lifting the lid of AMD Zen 4 (opens in new tab) goodies recently and has now set its sights on Intel’s next line of desktop graphics cards in China.

In a hastily removed ad for an upcoming gaming PC with Intel’s new GPUs, MSI looks at overall Arc A380 card performance metrics across a handful of esports titles, all using the medium or low presets.

My automatic translation of the four different games highlighted didn’t help much in my understanding which games the ad actually refers to, but the initial report from hardware times (opens in new tab) certainly helped. Although I have to do a Google image search for the first one. Anyway…

The budget Intel Alchemist GPU (opens in new tab)at 1080p, it was shown with Naraka: Bladepoint reportedly checking in at over 85 fps, League of Legends at over 200 fps, PUBG at over 94 fps, and Overwatch at over 100 fps.

That sounds a lot like the performance Intel suggested would be offered by the laptop versions of its Arc 3 graphics cards, which isn’t bad if there’s a certain level of parity between them.

Especially as the A370M mobile GPU has been seen offering performance around the RTX 3070 level. Intel Arc Benchmarks (opens in new tab) were a bit confusing, according to leaked figures, indicating that drivers may still need a little work.

MSI’s numbers look like the performance you’d get from a standard version of the Arc A380 graphics card, but MSI lists two different systems: an entry-level M301 Dragon Shield with a Core i5 12400F CPU alongside its standard Arc A380 GPU, and another with a Core i7 12700KF and an overclocked version of the 6GB graphics card.

We’ve already heard that Intel would be focusing its video card first released in China (opens in new tab), with the low-end parts. And then only on pre-built PCs. In a way that makes some sense; the internet cafe market is huge in China, and if you can get some penetration into that market from your partners like MSI, that will give you a base to work from.

There will be a global rollout, likely again on pre-built systems, but the DIY market should see individual GPUs shortly thereafter.

The long-awaited release of Intel’s graphics card has been hit by supply chain issues as well as potential problems getting its software up to standard. And that partly explains why it’s prioritizing its partners ahead of individual PC enthusiasts to ensure it can feed the OEM market with GPUs at launch. But that doesn’t mean we like it.

For us, however, it will be the Arc 5 and 7 graphics cards that will mean the most to PC gamers, as that supposedly 8Xe GPU won’t be much to shout about in more demanding games.

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