Intel has unveiled the highly anticipated Arc A580 8 GB graphics card, delivering exceptional mainstream gaming performance to a wider audience. This release includes three unique custom designs from ASRock, GUNNIR, and Sparkle. Each design features a dual-fan and dual-slot configuration, offering impressive aesthetics, and there are plans to introduce triple-fan variants from GUNNIR in the near future.
Regarding the specifications, the Intel Arc A580 is equipped with 24 cores, 384 EUs, and 3072 ALUs. These components have an official graphics clock of 1700 MHz and a maximum boost clock that can reach up to 2400 MHz, aligning it with the more high-end Intel Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards. All three custom models come set to operate at 2000 MHz right out of the box, representing an 18% increase over the stock clock speeds. The Arc A580 graphics card provides 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM through a 256-bit bus interface, offering a maximum bandwidth of 512 GB/s, and it has a total board power (TBP) of 185W.
When it comes to performance, Intel’s official comparisons pit the Arc A580 8 GB graphics card against the AMD Radeon RX 6600 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050. However, practical results indicate that the card performs admirably close to the RTX 3060 and RX 7600, which is particularly impressive considering its expected price range of around $200 in the US. This affordability is poised to be the Arc A580’s standout feature, designed to cater to a broad audience. Furthermore, the GPU boasts support for Intel XeSS technology and advanced ray tracing capabilities, giving it a competitive edge in the market.
The company utilizes both XeSS and non-XeSS metrics to demonstrate the effectiveness of its upscaling technology in gaming. In XeSS Performance Mode, users can enjoy a significant 63% increase in frame rates across various games. When running at 1080p resolution with ray tracing enabled, the card typically delivers an average frame rate of 45-60 FPS. For instance, in Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p with ray-traced shadows, the card achieves 58 FPS without upscaling and an impressive 85 FPS when utilizing the XeSS performance mode.
Intel has yet to release an official manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). However, they have shared a list of different retailers where you can find the Arc A580 8 GB graphics card, which you can explore below. Notably, the lowest price for this graphics card is $179 in the US. This pricing is quite competitive, especially when compared to the over $220 US price tag of the RTX 3050 and a similar cost for the RX 6600 series.
It’s important to note that the Intel Arc A750 is currently available at a discounted price, being offered at $189.99 in the US, which is only $10 more than the Arc A580. While these deals are store-specific, if you come across the A750 or A770 at a price similar to the A580, the former two would be the preferable options.