Intel’s first discrete GPU in years looked as thick as we hoped. In its Innovation event, Intel officially announced detailed information about its Alder Lake CPU, confirming that the Arc Alchemist graphics processor will contain 32 Xe cores. Each Xe core has 16 vector engines and 16 matrix engines, which is equivalent to 512 EUs (execution units) in total.
Essentially, the rumors that Alchemist will become a powerful GPU seem to be correct. We may still see smaller versions of chips, lower stacks, but at least there is hope for a full-fat model. The promise of performance similar to the RTX 3070 still exists, and the highly competitive graphics card market should be waiting for Alchemist to launch in early 2022.
Intel not only confirmed the composition of Alchemist, but also used this event to demonstrate the capabilities of those Matrix Engines, by demonstrating XeSS running on released games, especially Rift destroyerAlthough it is not clear what frame rate we are seeing, the 4K image enlarged by XeSS is obviously much clearer than the standard enlarged image.
It may be just a game, but as we have seen from AMD FSR and Nvidia DLSS, it is crucial to get this upgrade technology in the game. It is a good sign that Intel’s XeSS will run in published games before the hardware is available.
Intel Arc Alchemist will be launched in the first quarter of 2022.