Insider Moore’s Law is Dead, who has his sources in the graphics card industry and previously accurately predicted the parameters of the Radeon RX 6700 XT before its release, shared some very interesting details about the long-suffering 3D Intel Arc cards. According to him, Intel no longer wants to suffer – Arc consumer 3D accelerators can be canceled. Such a step is now being discussed by the company at a high level.
It is interesting that the Arc Alchemist video cards, which were expected a year ago, did not really come out. There has been a lot of talk about them lately, there were even real tests in games, but there is no talk about the start of sales. Yes, sales of the Arc A380 barely started in China – with a delay of a month and with performance at the level of a four-year-old GeForce GTX 1650. As it became known recently, the most powerful Arc Alchemist 780 did not exist at all, so the maximum that is now expected from Intel, is the Arc A770 with performance on par with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti.
As for the Arc A380, it is not clear who would dare to buy it, given the many side problems (especially with drivers)? And this is not an idle question at all: it’s easier for a gamer to buy an Nvidia or AMD model, install it on a PC and start playing right away, rather than waiting weeks for Intel to complete either software or drivers.
In general, Arc Alchemist did not work out, and it will not be surprising that the company will refuse to release these video cards. The decision has not yet been made, but it is, as they say, on the table. At the same time, the company is not going to stop issuing 3D cards for data processing centers – the margins there are higher and the audience is not as demanding as gamers.
Another thing is interesting: even if the next generation of Intel’s discrete 3D cards (Battlemage) is canceled, the company’s marketers will talk to the last about the charms of Arc video cards – until the final verdict is passed on them.
And one more interesting point: the insider says that in the near future it is still planned to release the Alchemist Refresh line – with an emphasis on mobile GPUs, but there will also be several discrete graphics cards. They seem to be presented at the beginning of 2023. But everyone was waiting for the first Alchemist last year, but in fact they have not been released yet.
From all this, we can conclude that Intel is likely to stop on Arc Alchemist video cards: ready-made or under active development models will be released (and mainly for laptops), but 3D cards planned for the next three generations (Battlemage, Celestial and Druid) we won’t see again. It’s a pity if Intel doesn’t succeed this time either – after all, there were a lot of talks and hopes. But the implementation (at least in the user segment) leaves much to be desired.
Mark Gurman: new Mac minis with M2 and M2 Pro processors are already in development, but they will get the old design
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman told the news about future Mac minis with M2 and M2 Pro chips. He told about it in the Power On newsletter. According to the journalist, Apple was working on a Mac mini with an M1 Pro processor, but now this is clearly irrelevant. It was planned to be released at the end of last year or at the beginning of this.
Instead, according to the expert, models with M2 and M2 Pro processors are expected. However, their design will remain the same. The new Mac mini, codenamed J473, will feature the M2 chip. The version with the M2 Pro received the code J474. The source notes that Apple does not plan to release Mac mini with M2 Max or Ultra chips, most likely they will be kept for Mac Pro.
As for other models with M2 chips, Gurman believes that the Mac Studio may be a short-lived product, since it is positioned for the same audience as the Mac Pro. Also in the fall, the MacBook Pro is expected to appear with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors.
Previously, Gurman reported that Macbook Air will only appear in old colors.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a cheap competitor. Retroid Pocket 3 Handheld Game Console Launched With 4.7″ Screen, Quad-Core Processor And Android 11
Retroid has unveiled the Pocket 3 handheld game console with a design similar to that of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The novelty is inexpensive ($120 for the version with 2 GB of RAM and $130 for the version with 3 GB of RAM), but the performance is far from impressive.
So, the configuration of the Retroid Pocket 3 includes a screen with a diagonal of 4.7 inches and a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels (frame rate – standard 60 Hz). The hardware platform is based on the SoC Unisoc Tiger T310 with one Arm Cortex-A75 core at 2.0 GHz and three Arm Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz. The GPU is PowerVR GE8300.
The console runs Android 11. It is endowed with an HDMI video output (the maximum resolution of the broadcast picture is 720p), a 4000 mAh battery, a standard headphone jack, and a pair of speakers. Sales of new items will start on August 20, while pre-orders are being accepted.
PCs with Intel Arc A380 graphics cards from Acer will arrive in Europe soon, and MSI is preparing a model with a very budget A310
Video card manufacturers are still starting to look at Intel Arc accelerators little by little. MSI recently showed off its version of the A380, and now the PC PRO DP130 12th has appeared on its website, which contains an even more budget card – the A310.
Its specifications are unknown, but the source believes that it has 4 or 6 Xe cores, 4 GB of video memory and a 64-bit bus.
But Acer has already placed ready-made PCs with Intel Arc A380 graphics cards in the database of the French retail chain Boulanger. The novelty contains an Intel Core i5-12400F processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The issue price is about 950 euros.
So far, such computers can only be pre-ordered, shipping is expected from October 8th. Thus, we can expect that Intel will soon announce the global launch of sales of its video cards.
Earlier it was reported that Intel graphics cards do not work well with older games. The company is aware of the problem and is addressing it.
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