Intel’s flagship Arc Alchemist A770M graphics card has just been spotted in a gaming laptop, marking a first for Intel. Until now, only the least impressive A300 GPUs in the lineup have been found in laptops, and even then, they were pretty rare.
The laptop, made by Clevo, combines Intel Arc graphics card with an Intel Alder Lake-H processor and a surprisingly impressive display. One big question remains: When and where will you be able to buy a laptop with Intel Arc?
Clevo announced the new gaming laptop in a short YouTube video highlighting some of its features. The company refers to the laptop as “the first Intel CPU + GPU gaming laptop” as it seems to market it towards gamers. Although Intel’s flagship GPU can’t hope to compete against the best graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, it may be competitive enough to support gaming on the go. At least Clevo seems to think so, because it put the GPU in a seemingly decent machine.
The gaming laptop in question, dubbed the Clevo X270, comes with an unnamed Intel Alder Lake-H processor, as well as the aforementioned Intel Arc A770M. Although there have been mentions of an Intel Arc “Pro”, they have been made in relation to the Intel Arc Pro A30M and Arc Pro A40/A50 desktop GPUs. As such, it’s safe to assume that the Arc A770M will be the best mobile graphics card Intel has to offer in this generation of GPUs.
The screen is a large 17.3-inch adaptive mini-LED panel that should offer vibrant colors and high levels of brightness. Clevo took care of thermals too, equipping the laptop with a dual-fan cooling system with seven heat pipes. The CPU is cooled by liquid metal, which Clevo promises should lower temperatures by an additional 10 degrees.
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Clevo’s new gaming laptop comes with a host of ports: Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and a 3.5mm audio jack. In terms of battery life, Clevo hasn’t revealed how much mileage we can expect, but we do know that the laptop houses a 99Wh battery. RAM and storage remain a mystery.
The exact launch date for this laptop has yet to be announced. Since Clevo makes laptops for much more well-known brands, like Alienware and Gigabyte, we could see the Intel Arc A770M shine under a popular brand name. Intel could certainly use the exposure for its Arc Alchemist products, given that it didn’t show the cards at Computex 2022, and that GPUs have been delayed numerous times.
This was first seen by Tom’s Hardware. Knowing the price of this laptop will be interesting as it could reveal a bit of Intel’s pricing strategy for Arc Alchemist. The adaptive mini-LED display panel doesn’t come cheap, but it’s hard to say much about the components inside the laptop without knowing the exact specs. Still, pairing a great screen with mediocre components doesn’t make much sense, so this laptop could turn out to be a good option if the price is competitive.