Intel Arc A770 Graphics
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Intel’s Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics card clearly has a few rough areas that need to be smoothed over. Based on our limited tests with legacy titles, its performance in older games is not competitive in its price range; its idle power draw is too high; and its overall performance can vary a great deal from one game to the next. It’s also important to note that Intel’s Arc GPUs will be arriving late. The company originally planned on formally launching them in the US in Q3, following an earlier delay. However, the Oct. 12 launch date shows the Arc A770 will actually land in Q4.
I focused mostly on synthetic and gaming benchmarks since this card is overwhelmingly a gaming graphics card. Though it does have some video content creation potential, it's not enough to dethrone Nvidia's 4000-series GPUs, so it isn't a viable rival in that sense and wasn't tested as such.First, a bit about what's inside the card. Intel has slated the Arc A770 to be its most powerful graphics card in the company’s first-gen Xe HPG graphics card line, based on the "Alchemist" architecture. All Arc A770 graphics cards feature an uncut 6nm CPU die that measures 406mm square.
That's something the RTX 4060 Ti can't manage thanks to its smaller frame buffer (8GB VRAM), and while the 16GB RTX 4060 Ti could theoretically perform better (I have not tested the 16GB so I cannot say for certain), it still has half the memory bus width of the A770, leading to a much lower bandwidth for larger texture files to pass through. Experience supercharged gaming and cutting-edge creation experiences across the Intel Arc A-series family. From high-performance AAA gaming on Intel Arc 7 graphics to enhanced mainstream gaming on Intel Arc 3 graphics, there’s an Arc graphics card for your gaming adventure.All told, then, the Intel Arc A770 turns out to be a surprisingly good graphics card for modern gaming titles that can sometimes even hold its own against the Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti. It can't hold a candle to the RX 7700 XT or RTX 4070, but it was never meant to, and given that those cards cost substantially more than the Arc A770, this is entirely expected. These settings and others can be adjusted using Intel’s new Arc Control Center program. This program runs as an overlay when open, which prevented us from getting screenshots of it with our A770 card, but here's a look at the Performance section of the software, in use with the lower-end Arc A380...