Intel’s Arc discrete graphics cards may be about to be boxed, or at least that’s what a prominent leaker believes.
Famous YouTuber Moore’s Law died (Opens in a new tab) (MLID) explains that the general feeling from Intel insiders is that Arc GPUs, which started this year with Alchemist models, won’t last much longer.
More specifically, the MLID cites a source that – at the executive level – claims, rather brutally, that Arc is “done,” and another source simply says that Intel is ending its separate efforts Arc.
This could not be more obvious, but of course, we must remember that this is just grapevine chatter, so we still have to take it very carefully. As MLID makes clear in the introduction to the video announcing this, it’s not the news anyone wants to hear, including himself.
Analysis: Hopefully this isn’t true – and there may be other possibilities for Arc
So let’s not get carried away here, but that obviously doesn’t look good. We’ve heard rumors that Intel could scrap the spin-off Arc project recently, but then Intel was pretty quick to get on the defensive and assured us that Arc graphics cards are here to stay, and that work has begun on second-generation Battlemage GPUs already, in full speed fashion. forward.
MLID noted that a source was recently talking about Battlemage’s progress, but that Intel was looking at not producing a full lineup of graphics cards, as with the Alchemist (A7, A5, A3), but perhaps just low-cost models (which would be B3). This will cut costs, and allow drivers to sharpen more, as the latter aspect of the equation has been a huge problem for Intel, and one of the main reasons for delay and disappointment around the rollout of Arc Alchemist.
However, this was the word in the grapevine prior to hearing it from these new sources essentially saying that the separate Arc appears to have been completed.
Given the Alchemist’s rollout, which was daunting and stumbling to put it mildly, it didn’t give us an optimistic view of Intel’s discrete GPUs — we’ve announced in the past that the cards seemed doomed from the start. And in light of Intel’s recent financial struggles, with a major negative factor on the balance sheet being Arc, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the separate project being canned — or at least heavily scaled back.
Remember that Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger just said that the company’s performance will likely deteriorate before it sees improvement, and that more steps will be taken to shrink the Team Blue product portfolio. Apparently, if this rumor is true, getting rid of the Arc GPUs might be part of that simplification.
As MLID says, Intel cannot support a division that it feels will not turn a profit for the company for many years, given the overall financial difficulties the company is currently facing.
Now, that may not be true, so let’s hope that’s the case – but if Arc is to continue, it looks like it’ll likely be in a more condensed form than the grand plans for a full range of laptop and desktop GPUs as rolled out with Alchemist. MLID theorizes that we’ll probably see a separate Battlemage product, like some kind of low-end laptop graphics solution, but what we won’t seem to get is a burgeoning lineup of GPUs to purposefully challenge AMD and Nvidia.