Monday, September 20

Intel Arc is Intel’s new video card brand | Digital Trends Spanish

Intel is finally making the leap into the world of dedicated video cards, with first and last names. The company has announced that its line of GPUs will carry the Intel Arc name and that the first product under this brand will be released in the first quarter of 2022.

“The Arc brand will cover hardware, software and services,” Intel says in your official site, “And will span multiple generations of hardware.” The first of those generations is codenamed Alchemist and the DG2 video card – a name that, by the way, will no longer be used – will be the inaugural product after the previous DG1.

For now there are not many specifications about future Intel Arc products, but the presentation video already provides some familiar details from the world of video cards: they will be chips for desktop and also for laptops, with support for ray tracing, variable refresh rates and image enhancement techniques based on artificial intelligence, which in a way is basically the same thing that NVIDIA does with its DLSS technology.

While Intel’s track record in relation to processors is known, there is still a question about which segment the company will go to with its dedicated video cards. Because until now, Intel has produced integrated video chips, which arrive as part of some Intel Core processors and are sufficient for basic tasks or light games, but are far from the performance offered by AMD or NVIDIA cards.

And without going any further, the first dedicated video card that Intel released was the DG1, whose performance was similar to that of the NVIDIA GT 1030. The latter is a low-end or entry-level card that went on sale in 2017.

Intel’s presentation video showed some games like Metro Exodus or the trilogy Crysis remastered, which are generally the most advanced that there is today in graphic or technical terms. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if future Intel Arc cards are up to the task so that those games work with a more than acceptable quality or if, like the DG1, they will be destined to more economic segments.

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