Linus Tech Tips has recently released a video, demonstrating Intel’s Arc A770 graphics card. Tom Peterson from Intel has also shed some light on the game optimization for the Arc GPUs. As far as Intel is concerned, there are officially three tiers of games which provide different levels of optimizations on the Arc GPUs. The third tier is the one that is going to impact the pricing. This tier has been reserved for unoptimized titles.
The first tier has been partially revealed already – the set of games that are best suited to run on the Intel Arc are the ones which are new and popular and make use of the DirectX12 API. The list includes Fortnite, Control, or even Cyberpunk 2077. Moving on to the second tier, there are the DX12/Vulkan games which work great on Arc but they are somehow less optimized for it. and as mentioned earlier, the third tier features titles which haven’t been optimized at all for Arc. These mostly include DirectX11 titles, hence a huge portion of popular stream charts.
We currently only have framerate information on Tom Raider and F1 2021 with DX11 and DX12 APIs. Apart from this, no other information for the framerate has been revealed. During a short overclocking session, the game had been demoed in Cyberpunk 2077, but the performance figures weren’t shared.
Intel’s promise here is to ‘kill everyone in price to performance” as far as the tier one titles are concerned. It has been made clear that the pricing is going to be based on the performance of tier three and depending on this we believe the Arc A770 is going to cost less than the leaked price point of $400.
Thanks to Arc Control, we do have some information on the specs which were derived during one of the overclocking sessions. The GPU power is set at 190W and can go up to 285W for overclocking, and the default clock speed is 2.5 GHz. However, it must be kept in mind that the software used here is bugged and hence the information provided on overclocking can’t be trusted for being accurate. Apart from specs, we also don’t have any news on the availability as well as the official pricing.