Review: Intel ARC A770 16GB & ARC A750 8GB


The last word:

Too late arrival?

When we know that NVIDIA and AMD have just or will announce the arrival of their next generation of GPUs, we can naturally wonder if Intel has missed the boat by entering the GPU market only now. Well for us the answer is obvious, it’s NO, but with two conditions.

First, the price. Intel has used this argument throughout its announcements, notably by opposing the price/performance ratio to the RTX 3060. The prices will have to follow in front of NVIDIA’s and when we know the green strategy, we can surely expect a reaction and why not a slight decrease in the price of the RTX 3060 in the days to come. The first battle will be on the prices that will be applied in France and that we still do not know at the time of posting this article.

Secondly, the availability. First of all for all those who participated in the contest organized by Intel and who have been waiting to receive their GPU for several weeks (300 cards in total, 100 A770 and 200 A750). We are starting to feel a certain impatience from the winners, especially on our Discord where there are several of them. But we’ll also have to satisfy the demand of gamers who might be tempted by a GPU at 350/425 euros to take full advantage of 1080p with Ray Tracing but also 1440p with or without Ray Tracing for the A770 version. We know for sure that at least one store has stocked up on ARC cards in order to be able to meet the demand on the day of the launch, scheduled for October 12th.

Price + availability = bingo ?

If these two conditions are finally met, we are ready to bet that the Intel ARC A750 and A770 cards will be a great success in the weeks to come. Indeed, even if they have been a long time coming, the Intel ARC cards are well on their way! Let’s not forget that this is the first generation of GPUs for Intel and that things can only get better and better as the weeks go by. We are thinking in particular of the excellent performance in synthetic benchmarks which should be even more reflected in the gaming part. The drivers are still young and will mature.

Personally, in all of our benchmarks we did not encounter any problems except when we changed the definition, a lapse of a few seconds. Moreover, these ARC A770 and A750 manage Ray Tracing in a nice way and this in particular thanks to the XeSS technology. The update of our graphics with the latest drivers also allowed us to realize the improvement of performance at NVIDIA but also and especially at AMD.

The arrival of XeSS technology is also a real plus and we hope to see it used more and more by game designers. Intel surely has the assets and the necessary weight to convince them. Remember that XeSS will be present in the next Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

A three-way market from now on :

This is perhaps the most important thing, the arrival of a third contender in the graphics card market. It is the buyer who should be the first to benefit from Intel’s arrival, knowing that their objective seems to be to (re)offer “correct” prices when buying a graphics card. We can only look to the future and hope to find more coherent prices than those that the majority of components are undergoing.