In the second half of last August, Intel revealed that it is preparing a special family of graphics cards that will also be used in playing computer games. This is a family of graphics cards that will be marketed by the computer giant under the name Arc. For PCs, they should also have an Alchemist label, in order to make it easier for users to distinguish them from built-in solutions.
The new graphics cards or graphics cores from Intel will be in direct competition with the already existing graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, because they will support all modern graphics technologies. Initially, Intel Arc Alchemist graphics cores will be available for laptops. If online rumors are to be believed, then Intel will offer up to five versions of the novelty.
The most powerful graphics core or Intel Arc Alchemist graphics card for laptops will be marked SKU1. It is expected to be equipped with 512 CPU cores and 16 GB of GDDR6 graphics memory. The data interface will be 256 bits, which should provide a data transfer speed of 512 Gbps. The slightly less powerful SKU2 card will have 384 CPU cores and 12 GB of GDDR6 graphics memory. The data interface will be 192 bits and will provide a data transfer rate of 384 Gbps.
The Intel Arc Alchemist SKU3 graphics card is expected to have 256 GPUs and eight GB of GDDR6 graphics memory. The data interface will be 128 bits and will provide data transfer speed of up to 256 Gbps. The cheapest models will be equipped with SKU4 and SKU5 stickers. It is supposed to be equipped with 128 and 96 processor units and four gigabytes of GDDR6 graphics memory. The data interface will only be 64-bit, which should provide a data transfer rate of only 112GB per second.