During the publication of the results of the company’s activities in the first quarter of this year, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger promised that Arc Alhemist discrete graphics cards would be released in the second quarter, that is, before the end of June. At the same time, some analysts said that the debut of long-awaited new products could indeed happen in the current quarter, but only it would be paper – real devices would go on sale later. And now there is confirmation of this. True, unofficial.
Well-known insider Igor Vallossek posted a note on his Igor’s Lab resource, which indicates a possible delay in the release of Arc Alchemist graphics cards for desktop PCs. Several sources have contacted Vallossek, and they all say that the expected Intel graphics cards will be delayed. How much is not reported, but the interval from the beginning of July (in the best case) to the end of August (respectively, in the worst case) is called. If the new products go on sale in early July (and their premiere will still take place in June, albeit on paper), then it will be possible to say that Intel has practically kept its word. But the start of sales in August is not the best solution, since the premiere of new-generation NVIDIA and AMD 3D accelerators is expected in the fall, and Arc Alchemist will definitely not be able to compete with them (it remains to be seen whether they will really be able to withstand the current models of NVIDIA and AMD mid-range and entry-level, both in terms of performance and price).
As various sources told me (some of them quite annoyed), the release of the already so often announced Alchemist desktop graphics cards could be postponed even further towards late summer.https://t.co/JESeoZakck
— Igor Wallosek (@IgorWallossek) May 7, 2022
What is causing the delay in the release of Arc Alchemist? Igor Vallossek, based on data received from insider testers, believes that the problem is with the software – drivers, since the architectural issues have already been closed, the components are configured (GPU frequency, memory, etc.), the firmware is ready. All that’s left is software optimization. And, remembering the story of a Samsung laptop with an Intel Arc A350M 3D accelerator, it’s easy to believe in the theory of driver dampness.
However, Igor Vallosek names a number of other factors that may also influence Intel’s decision to delay the release of new generation discrete 3D cards. These include the lack of major partners, the inability to guarantee retail price stability, and RMA considerations. The last option is especially important. RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) regulates the return of substandard or defective products to the manufacturer for repair or exchange. If a user encounters Arc Alchemist issues in games, what should they do? Carry video cards to the service? And if the video card itself is fully functional, but the problem is in the software, and it will be updated … someday. There are really a lot of questions regarding the RMA, all of them must be resolved before the start of sales. And in order to avoid big problems at the start, it is better to postpone it. Which, perhaps, Intel will do.
AMD classic: Ryzen 7 7700X drops even further and now costs less than $300
Ryzen 7000 processors continue to get cheaper. Now several major foreign chains are offering the eight-core Ryzen 7 7700X for $299.
Recall that AMD initially priced this CPU at $400, then the company lowered prices for all new items, and this model began to cost $350. Now we have another decline, although it may be temporary.
Discounts also apply to the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 5 7600X, but in their case, the prices simply fell back to those that AMD set back in November, while the Ryzen 7 7700X fell even more.
Whether this offer will be available globally and how long it will be active is unclear. But let’s recall that yesterday AMD itself admitted that for the past six months it has deliberately limited the supply of its products to the market, which is why prices were inflated.
In addition, we recall that the unique Ryzen 7000X3D will soon enter the market.
Are Intel Arc graphics cards going to be the best value for money now? The company claims to have increased productivity by up to 87%
Intel has released a fresh graphics driver for Arc video cards, which, as the company itself promises, will increase performance by some incredible values.
Of course, not everywhere, but Intel says that in Full HD performance will increase by up to 77%, in 1440p by 87%, and the average increase for older games with DirectX 9, which Arc cards initially had problems with, should increase by 43%. All these figures are valid for the Arc A750, which Intel has just reduced the price to $250.
The growth that Intel promises is really impressive. Under these conditions, the $250 Arc A750 should be the best-value graphics card in the class, as it competes on price with the GeForce RTX 3050 and Radeon RX 6600, which it could previously beat. However, it is better to wait for various tests and evaluate whether such an impressive performance increase really takes place.
How gigantic will these Intel processors be? A comparative photo of LGA7529 and LGA4677 sockets has appeared
We have already seen photos of the LGA7529 socket for the new Intel Xeon server processors, and now it’s time to understand how huge the CPUs themselves will be.
In the comparison photo, you can see the LGA4677 socket for the recently released Sapphire Rapids processors and the much larger LGA7529 for the upcoming Granite Rapids and Sierra Forest CPUs.
According to preliminary calculations, the dimensions of the new CPUs will be about 105 x 70.5 mm, that is, they will be about 70% larger than the current generation, which is rather big in itself. For comparison, the dimensions of the monstrous Epyc Genoa are approximately 72 x 75.4 mm. It is quite possible that the new Intel processors will be the largest on the market at the time of release.
The LGA7529 (Birch Stream-AP) platform is expected next year. As part of the platform, Intel is going to release two lines of completely different processors. The first will be Granite Rapids, which will reportedly contain up to 128 large Redwood Cove + cores, and the second will be Sierra Forest, which will have all small cores, but there will be either 344 or even 528 of them.
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