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Intel Arc discrete GPU series for laptops now official, comes in three tiers!

Intel just announced its highly-anticipated GPUs. The first batch of releases is mobile GPUs for laptops categorized in three tiers. Read on for more!
Intel Arc discrete GPU series for laptops now official, comes in three tiers!
Intel Arc laptop GPUs announced with three tiers of performance

Intel Arc 3, Arc 5, and Arc 7 mobile GPUs are now official

Here are all the announced variants!
Here are all the announced variants!

These are Intel's entries in the GPU market aiming to rival NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards. The A-series processors are divided into three categories. Intel Arc 3 is targeted for slim as well as entry-level laptops for "improved gaming" performance. Intel Arc 5 is for more "advanced gaming" while Intel Arc 7 is for high-performance gaming. The latter two are for more dedicated gamers and creative professionals.

According to Intel, the company's Xe High-Performance Graphics microarchitecture (XeHPG), which is built for gamers and creators, is the foundation of devices featuring Intel Arc A-Series GPUs. XeHPG has high-performance Xe-cores working along with the Intel XMXAI engines. 

Intel XMXAI is a graphics pipeline designed for DirectX 12 Ultimate with hardware acceleration for ray tracing, the XeMedia Engine for creator workloads, and the XeDisplay Engine to support DisplayPort 2.0 UHBR10 out of the box.

Here is the complete tier list of Intel Arc GPUs:

Intel Arc 3 A350M - 64-bit, 6 Xe cores, 6 Raytracing Units, 1150MHz, 4GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 35W TDP
Intel Arc 3 A370M - 64-bit, 8 Xe cores, 8 Raytracing Units, 1550MHz, 4GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 50W TDP
Intel Arc 5 A550M - 128-bit, 16 Xe cores, 16 Raytracing Units, 900MHz, 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 80W TDP
Intel Arc 7 A730M - 192-bit, 24 Xe cores, 24 Raytracing Units, 1100MHz, 12GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 120W TDP
Intel Arc 7 A770M - 256-bit, 32 Xe cores, 32 Raytracing Units, 1650MHz, 16GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 150W TDP

Other features include Intel XeSS which is a rival for NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FSR. In the same way that AMD SmartShift may pull more resources when needed for certain workloads, Intel Deep Link can do the same. When the GPU is underused, Intel's Dynamic Power Share allows the CPU to draw more power, while the GPU can pull more power when the situation is reversed.

The first laptop that will feature the Arc 3 graphics will be the 15-inch Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro. Other laptops, however, are on the way from almost every PC manufacturer, including Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, ASUS, and MSI.

What about desktop GPUs you say? Well, Intel stated that the Arc graphics will be coming this summer on desktops.

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