A special moment for graphics card enthusiasts: the release of custom designs built on the larger Intel ACM-G10 GPU. Yesterday, at the Innovation event, GUNNIR and ASRock unveiled at least four new cards. Intel has only displayed Limited Edition A7 SKUs based on their design.
GUNNIR’s development of the A7 GPU was announced a long time ago, but its final form is only now being revealed. This triple-fan design includes a 2.2-slot cooler and two 8-pin power connectors, which is an improvement over Intel’s 8+6-pin design. Additionally, this card has a simple metal shroud and a backplate with a complete cover.
One of ASRock’s Arc A7 designs is associated with the Phantom Gaming series (A770), while the other is the Challenger (A750). Intel has hinted that board partners will have some leeway regarding the GPU configurations (clocks/TGP) they can implement. Even the name of one of the cards, “OC,” indicates that it will be quicker than Intel’s Limited Edition. Both cards have dual 8-pin power connectors, which appears to be a “feature” of all non-reference premium designs with an Arc GPU.
However, none of the reports contain information regarding the availability of custom cards. Intel stated that the intention is to provide both the reference and custom designs simultaneously. There is a chance that these plans have been altered due to the launch being pushed back to the fourth quarter 12 October, to be specific.