Intel Arc A580 launches, a new budget GPU with an affordable $179 price point

The Intel Arc A580 is now available globally, and with its USD 179 price point it's targeting an overlooked gaming sector - the budget PC gamer.

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Intel has launched its latest discrete graphics card, with the new Intel Arc A580 available globally, with pricing starting from USD 179. The first few Intel Arc A580 GPUs arrive courtesy of ASRock, GUNNIR, and SPARKLE - and you can check out our full review of the SPARKLE Intel Arc A580 ORC OC Edition.

SPARKLE Intel Arc A580 ORC OC Edition.

SPARKLE Intel Arc A580 ORC OC Edition.

Intel describes the card as the latest Arc entry to cater to gamers and creators, targeting fast 1080p gaming performance at 'High' settings - with even faster performance when playing popular esports titles. The big story here, at least for us, is the $179 price point - we haven't seen a brand-new GPU (especially one that can deliver decent performance) arrive at a low price like this in a long, long time.

Spec-wise, it's very close to the Intel Arc A750, too, so you're looking at performance within 10% of the mainstream Arc 7 offering. In our benchmarking, which pushed game settings to the 'Ultra' level, SPARKLE Intel Arc A580 ORC OC Edition delivered an average frame rate of 74 FPS, which is not too shabby for an entry-level card, making it an attractive option for PC gamers on a budget. This figure makes it 20% faster than the GeForce RTX 3050, which retails for a higher price.

Like the rest of the Intel Arc lineup, the Intel Arc A580 features dedicated AI hardware to support Intel Xe Super Sampling or XeSS - the company's answer to DLSS and FSR upscaling. There's also hardware accelerated ray tracing, and in our testing, we found the $179 delivered better results in RT-intensive workloads than AMD's mainstream Radeon RX 7600. Impressive stuff. However, you're getting entry-level RT, so it's not a main feature of the GPU.

Here's a look at Intel's internal benchmark results covering 1080p gaming with 'High' Settings and Intel XeSS enabled where marked.

Intel Arc A580 1080p benchmark results, image credit: Intel.

Intel Arc A580 1080p benchmark results, image credit: Intel.

Elsewhere, the Intel Arc A580 doesn't skimp on memory - the 8GB of GDDR6 runs on a 256-bit memory interface with an overall bandwidth of 512 GB/s and a memory speed of 16 Gbps. Throw in DisplayPort 2.0 support, HDMI 2.1, and AV1 encoding and decoding for content creators - and the Intel Arc A580 is essentially a slightly cut-down version of the Intel Arc A750.

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Kosta is a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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