The Intels Arc Alchemist desktop GPU might not emerge until Q2 2022, according to the latest news from the Rumor Mill, who also shared a few renderings of what the graphics card could theoretically look like when it debuts.
It comes from YouTube-based hardware leaker Moores Law is Dead, who in a new video (spotted by VideoCardz) claims that when Intel talks about a Q1 2022 launch for its Xe-HPG (high performance gaming) products, the chip giant is referring to laptop GPUs, and Alchemist desktop graphics cards might not arrive until Q2.
The theory is that Alchemist laptop GPUs will launch alongside Alder Lake mobile chips, to create seriously boosted gaming laptops, and Alchemist desktop products could then follow in the following quarter. The delay may be related to supply chain and production concerns, rather than concerns about things like drivers, but as always, take whatever is heard on the GPU vine with a lot of skepticism.
As mentioned at the start, Moores Law is Dead also shared some interesting footage in this latest video, depicting a supposedly pretty accurate mockup of what these next-gen GPUs will look like.
We have to carefully note here that these images of the Intels Desktop Alchemist graphics card are simply renderings (there’s a nifty animation shown in the video, actually) created for Moores Law is Dead, which illustrates what the GPU is all about. should look like. These are by no means actual photos of the Intels card, in other words (which obviously isn’t finished yet anyway).
The renderings are based on new information that several sources have provided to Moores Law is Dead, with the early engineering samples that the leaker had used for quite some time as a point of reference to put the renderings together.
Moores Law is Dead further explains that this is pretty much what “most current benchmark test cards look like – there are other designs, he clarifies, but in all likelihood, this is what. that will be the final design “. It’s not certain, of course, and there’s obviously a good chance that even if that’s what Alchemist’s flagship turns out to be, there will be various changes between now and the map launch.
In short, apply very generous dispersions of your favorite condiments and keep in mind that this is just an idea of what the finished desktop graphics card might look like, with various elements subject to change. (it mentions color, location of vents, and other finer details that will almost certainly be fine-tuned – and who knows, bigger changes could come, even though those renders are now profitable for test cards).
Analysis: the potential dangers of the waiting game
If that’s what Intel’s new desktop GPUs will look like, or something like that, then we were giving it a temporary boost: the rendered card looks pretty neat in our opinion – not fancy, but rather elegant in its simplicity. Which isn’t a bad line to take, really.
What’s a little disappointing here is the possibility that we will have to wait until Q2 2022 before we see desktop versions of the Alchemist graphics card (remember, however, that this potential delay is only a whisper on the vine).
Gamers are hungry to see what Intel has to offer, but with this Q1 2022 release date already announced, if desktop GPUs don’t launch before Q2 – which could mean June, or the middle of it. the year, although that seems like an unlikely scenario – people might lose patience and buy an AMD or Nvidia card instead. Or, at this point, the next-gen products of the Red and Green teams might be just around the corner – with the rumor mill spinning furiously by then – and in this case, the danger is that the gamers wait a little longer to see what these RTX 4000 (presumably) or RDNA 3 products bring.
That said, if Intel tackles the throat on the price front – as we’d expect, as an obvious line of attack – it could still tempt buyers later next year (indeed, global availability GPUs might still be fragile to the point, anyway).
Ultimately, however, we’ve been waiting for some time for Intel to release these desktop Xe-HPG cards, and pushing it any further until the middle of next year seems dangerous to us. Still, Alchemist won’t be ready until he’s ready, and if supply chain pressures get in the way, there’s not much Intel can do about it.
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