Rumor machine: The latest rumors about the launch of Intel’s first line of gaming graphics cards indicate that they could be pushed back slightly. The main culprit for any delay could be uncertainty in the supply chain, which could separately delay the arrival of laptop or desktop variants.
For now, Intel’s official website for its upcoming discrete graphics cards shows a release window in the first quarter of next year for laptops and desktops. YouTuber Moore’s Law is dead, however, claims his sources tell him it’s not set in stone.
MLID says its sources are almost 100% certain that desktop Arc Alchemist cards won’t launch until Q2 2022. They also say some of the laptop models may arrive before that, possibly in the near future. window Q1 that Intel currently has on its website.
Late last month, when rumors pointed to a possible naming scheme for Arc cards, MLID sources told him that the main X factor in determining an exact release date for them was how pilots of display were taking place. MLID sources now say Intel’s Arc drivers are improving rapidly.
Conversely, MLID claims to have contacts in East Asia telling them about Covid outbreaks at factories along the supply chain for Intel Arc. There have been recent reports of Covid lockdowns in Malaysia that certainly aren’t helping the global chip shortage, but it’s unclear if these are Intel Arc related. China’s recent energy crisis could also be a factor. It should be noted, however, that these products are potentially waiting for six months. Much can change during this time.
Previous rumors indicate that when launched, the high-end desktop Intel Arc Alchemist card might perform as well as Nvidia’s RTX 3070 or closer to the 3060 Ti. The low-end model could be somewhere around a GTX 1650 Max-Q. The latter gave hope that Intel Arc could target the lower price brackets of GPUs that Nvidia and AMD have apparently abandoned.
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