The first wave of Intel Arc graphics cards is not yet available, but the company has introduced support for Xe-HPG core and Xe Super Sampling (XeSS). Initial benchmarks surfaced online and, if validated, show that if Intel wants to prepare The Alchemist for a 2022 release, it still has a long way to go.
Intel is currently working on high-performance Arc GPUs for desktop and mobile billing computers, but the first products for this effort won't be available until the first quarter of 2022. He offers tips on his plans with Arc and how to challenge Nvidia and AMD are in the discrete graphics market, but other than a roadmap and some good software tools, we have little idea who these newcomers are. GPUs may work.
A number of leaks indicate that Intel's "Alchemist" graphics solutions are available on multiple SKUs, ranging from 128 executables and 4GB of VRAM on a limited 64-bit bus or higher to a high-end model with 512 EPOs. 16GB of VRAM on the 256-bit bus, which is said to be roughly between the Nvidia RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 in terms of performance.
Thanks to the basic metrics noted by Tum_Apisak, we can have a pretty bad idea about the performance of the Alchemist mobile GPU. This is a Geekbench 5 experiment with an Intel Tiger Lake processor, and we might look at the architecture of the prototype, but that's not a pretty picture for a chemist.
The engineering example of an OpenCL score of 34816 points at 1800MHz appears to be a disappointing result, if taken nominally. For reference, this is roughly on par with the latest generation Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, which can actually score over 36,000 points in the same test. True, this is just one test that measures the computational performance of the Alchemist GPU, which is again the prototype at a very low 1800MHz. Intel suggested at its Architecture Day presentation that the Xe-HPG graphics engine can be expected to have 1.5 times the wattage and frequency performance of the Xe-LP on the Iris DG1 card released earlier this year.
This theoretically increases clock speeds beyond 2GHz, indicating that we're examining core silicon here, and in a mobile proxy no less than that, which means it can have limited power. In June, someone tested the performance of the Iris DG1 and found that it was amazing in popular games, despite several underlying metrics showing otherwise. It goes without saying that Intel should only have access to mid-range GPUs in current market conditions, which are expected to last for at least another year. Many players and crypto-miners would buy it in a heartbeat if they could use their chip factories to produce them without interruption.
Core benchmarks honed the Intel Arc Mobile GPU similar to the GTX 1650 Max-Q