In the field of independent graphics cards, we currently find only two companies, Nvidia and AMD, although the share of the latter is not entirely high. A recent survey by Jon Peddie Research found that Nvidia currently controls up to 78.2 percent of the graphics card market. The remaining 21.8 percent belong to AMD, with the latter taking a large stake from year to year.
However, the situation in the graphics card market is expected to change radically soon. In the first quarter of next year, Intel will introduce independent graphics cards from the Arc family. This was also officially announced by the computer giant recently at the recent The Game Awards conference. Here he even showed the first commercial clip for new graphics solutions.
The new graphics cards from Intel will be in direct competition with the already existing Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, as they will support all modern graphics technologies. For fans of computer games, graphics cards called SOC1 will be very interesting. In terms of performance, they can easily compete with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards as well as the Intel Radeon RX 6700XT and RX 6600 XT cards. Operation at full load is expected to consume between 175 watts and 225 watts of electrical energy. The retail price of these graphics cards is expected to range between €250 and €425.
For fans of less demanding games, Intel will prepare graphics cards with the SOC2 label. It is expected to be less powerful, as it will consume up to 75 watts of electrical power at full load. It’s supposed to be just as powerful as the GTX 1650 Super graphics cards. For them, however, in the United States, between 84 and 122 euros must be deducted.
You’ll learn more about the Arc family of Intel graphics cards, of course, in the next few weeks. But the newcomers will certainly bring some newness to the field of graphics solutions for playing the most demanding PC games. The first intro video of the new Intel Arc graphics cards can be seen in the video below or at https://youtu.be/0dC6dz9CxYc.