Intel teases the design of its Arc Alchemist GPU within the coolest means doable

Following the latest launch of Intel Arc, a brand new model devoted to high-performance gaming {hardware}, software program, and companies, Intel made one other announcement. The corporate teased the upcoming launch of its first discrete gaming graphics card in an unexpectedly distinctive means.

If Intel’s purpose was to attract consideration to its line of graphics playing cards that had till lately been code-named Intel Arc Alchemist, it’s secure to say it succeeded. The corporate despatched 1,000 of its personal drones out into the evening sky and recorded a blinding mild present that was then compiled right into a one-minute video on Twitter.

We’ve painted pixels within the sky with 1,000 Intel drones. Now, that’s a visible expertise. What’s going to you create subsequent? #IntelArc #inteldrones #inteldronelightshows #dronelightshows

— Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) August 17, 2021

“We’ve painted pixels within the sky with 1,000 Intel drones. Now, that’s a visible expertise. What’s going to you create subsequent?” stated the message connected to the video.

Except for quite a lot of enjoyable visible results created by the drones, the video carried an necessary teaser — the picture of a dual-fan graphics card. We will solely assume that this could be the long run design of Intel’s Alchemist, however it’s doable that the model simply tried to create an simply recognizable picture. Whether or not Intel’s drone creation is an accurate depiction of Alchemist or not, it appears the corporate is just not going to place an excessive amount of inventory into cooling. Based mostly on present data, two followers appear sufficient for many, if not all, configurations of this GPU.

Intel hasn’t confirmed any specs of its future gaming GPUs but, though the corporate has indicated that it goals to rival Nvidia’s and AMD’s greatest graphics playing cards. Leaks point out that the playing cards can have a most of 512 execution items (EUs) mixed with 16GB of GDDR6 reminiscence. Twitter consumer @GPUsAreMagic said that the 512 EUs present in Arc Alchemist are divided into 4 teams, every together with 128 EUs. Nevertheless, we don’t know this for a reality, as this assumption relies on a render of the die that was included in certainly one of Intel’s video bulletins.

LEDs forming a graphics card.

Alchemist goes to be the primary product launched by the Intel Arc crew. Anton Kaplanyan, a lately poached ex-Nvidia DLSS engineer who now works for Intel, lately revealed extra concerning the card’s capabilities.

“In case you had been curious, Intel Arc GPUs will include full DX12U assist, together with mesh shading and high-performance ray tracing. Bonus, high-quality neural supersampling deserves a separate announcement,” stated Anton in response to the launch of Intel Arc.

Intel’s “high-quality neural supersampling” sounds lots like Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR. It’s actually a characteristic that future Intel GPU house owners can be glad to have, however it’s unsure how a lot use it’ll discover in gaming. As sport builders already must attempt to optimize their video games for each DLSS and FSR, it’s possible that Intel’s tech is not going to be supported on too many platforms — at the least not till the playing cards maintain a bigger share of the market.

Intel Arc’s plans regarding the gaming graphics card sector appear to stretch far into the long run. The corporate has already introduced that Alchemist, which was beforehand named DG2, can have a number of successors — Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid. Intel Arc Alchemist is ready to launch within the first quarter  of 2022, so if all goes nicely, we should always begin seeing extra details about its design and efficiency within the coming months.

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