Intel ARC Alchemist: perf close to RTX 3060, but things will change

Intel ARC Alchemist isn't in great shape right now, with performance that would battle the GeForce RTX 3060, but it'll get better.

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Intel's upcoming Xe-based ARC Alchemist might be getting teased and hyped right now, but what about known gaming performance? Well, we don't know much yet... just leaks.

Tom over at Moore's Law is Dead has said that the Intel ARC Alchemist and its Xe GPU drivers are in a "horrible state" and that it will see the gaming-focused Alchemist GPU competing with the GeForce RTX 3060. In his new video, Tom explains it's: "hard to say what the final performance will be yet, as the drivers are in a horrible state. I mean worse than Vega a half a year before it came out state, and it's half a year before Xe launches".

He added: "So, what we can say though is this: anyone doubting that Intel Xe was going to at least compete with a 3060, it will at least compete with that now -- will it get up to a 3070, or 3070 Ti, we'll just have to wait for more information to come in".

Tom continues: "But that's always been Intel's goal [to compete against the RTX 3070, or RTX 3070 Ti] and every piece of information I've leaked so far about Xe has been correct, so, I don't think that's out of the realm of possibility".

"Having final confirmation that performance will be at a certain level, is probably worrying NVIDIA and that's why they're probably going to start trying to be nice to system integrators -- that, and also the news that AMD will be releasing a 6nm version of Navi 22 and Navi 23".

We are a while away from the official launch, but it's something that everyone needs to remember: keep your hype levels in check. We can't be expecting Intel to come out and have a monster GPU with perfect drivers and game compatibility... there's going to be a lot of unforeseen circumstances and crushed expectations in some ways.

But every month is going to get better between now and when Intel launches its ARC series gaming GPUs, and even better once gamers are using an Intel GPU in their system and more games are played on their GPUs, support from developers will improve.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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