What just happened? This week, Intel briefly posted a test driver on its website that revealed the names and codenames of several upcoming GPUs, supporting ongoing rumors. Intel then removed the driver, indicating it was an accident.
Files inside test driver 220.127.116.1199 for the 11th Gen Intel NUC kit contained the full names of four Intel Arc graphics cards and one Intel Iris GPU, anonymous sources revealed at VideoCardz. These are the Arc A380, A350, A370M, A350M and Iris Xe A200M. The first two Arc models are dedicated GPUs and the M models are for laptops. Perhaps not all Arc models are expected to launch in early 2022.
The files appear to confirm previous rumors that Intel will name Alchemist graphics cards after the first initials of their last names, which will go in the alphabet – A being the abbreviation for Alchemist. The name A380 itself appeared in a tweet earlier this month, claiming that it will perform the same as Nvidia’s entry-level GTX 1650 Super, with 6GB of RAM.
The driver also mentions the code name “Elasti”. In May, YouTuber Moores Law Is Dead told Elasti refers to Intel’s Battlemage GPUs, which are currently expected to succeed Alchemist in 2023. Only two graphics cards appear under Elasti, but there will undoubtedly be more.
Integrated graphics for the next four generations of Intel processors after Alder Lake also appear. Above and below Elasti are abbreviations that mention Raptor Lake, Meteor Lake, Arrow Lake, and Lunar Lake. Raptor Lake is slated to launch next year and Meteor Lake in 2023, with the other two following them.
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