The release of Intel’s Arc Alchemist series is getting closer. We don’t yet have a clear picture of how the various graphics cards will compete against their AMD and Nvidia rivals, but some signs are emerging, including the new Geekbench 5 OpenCL benchmark for the Arc A770. The A770 is considered the flagship of the Arc family.
according to Geekbench 5 submission(pass bench and Tom’s Hardware), the card has 512 computing units and the main frequency is up to 2400MHz. Memory is reported as 12.7GB, but this may be a reporting error. If we assume the reported configuration is otherwise accurate, then this is the full ACM-G10 GPU.
OpenCL is a framework for heterogeneous computing across different types of processors, including CPUs and GPUs. It’s not an indicator of gaming performance, however, it gives us an idea of how the card’s computing performance compares to the competition.
The OpenCL score returned by the A770 is 85585. By comparison, the GeForce RTX 2070 scored 85,818 and the Radeon RX 6600 XT scored 82,559. So it’s not a great number for Intel’s entry. For example, the RTX 3080 scored around 181,000, while the 6800 XT scored 157,000. That means the configured A770 is well behind high-end AMD and Nvidia offerings. The Intel 9600K processor used for Arc results may cause a performance bottleneck.
However, it is important to remember that OpenCL performance does not reflect game performance. Just look at the results for the 6800 XT and 3080 above. While the 3080 maintains a healthy lead over the 6800 XT, they are closer in gaming performance. A pinch of salt is needed.
Intel is ramping up its marketing efforts. We’ve seen some teasers now, including a nifty preview video, and a demo of Intel’s image upscaling technology, XeSS. The company also talked about its video engine, which includes full AV1 encoding and decoding support.
What remains to be seen is actual real-world gaming performance. Only then can we better understand how Intel’s first-generation GPUs stack up against AMD’s and Nvidia’s. We can expect the cards to launch sometime in the summer, or winter for our southern hemisphere friends.