It seems that the Newegg-leaked, ASRock-made 16GB version of Intel's Arc 770 graphics card is on the verge of materializing, following a listing on ASRock's own website. The main point here is that there are few Arc A770 GPUs that actually sport the full memory buffer, especially since Intel discontinued its reference, Limited Edition Arc A770. Now, ASRock has confirmed that it is indeed launching a 16GB Arc under its "Phantom Gaming" marketing brand.
There's little to differentiate the 16GB ARC A770 from the 8GB version of the same card, as you might expect. The difference lies mostly in the memory chips used, which are now double the density (compared to the more common 8GB models) and offer slightly faster speeds. That said, any performance improvement from the additional memory throughput will be hard to detect, as the difference between both densities is small (17.5 Gbps on the 16GB model against the 16 Gbps on the 8GB one).
If you're interested in grabbing your own Intel ARC GPU (it's a piece of GPU history, after all), Newegg expects the card to hit shelves by July 28th. At a $329 listing price, the 16GB ASRock ARC A770 Phantom Gaming comes in at the same launch price as the 8GB version of the card. Considering the slump in PC hardware sales and the need for Intel and its partners to clear ARC inventory well before Battlemage (Intel's upcoming, revised discrete GPU design) hits shelves by 2024.
Don't expect Intel's ARC A770 to be the best graphics card you can buy for your money, however, as the performance crown still belongs to Nvidia's RTX 4090. But not everyone is looking for a halo product, and Intel's desktop GPUs have gotten some very impressive performance increases since their original launch. With the additional "savings" from the $329 pricing for this new, expanded-VRAM version, the performance/cost equation for Intel improves even further in the face of competition. And did we mention Intel also has its own great upscaling tech in XeSS?
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Always happy to see a sign of life from arc, and the 16gb space is a good proposition. My plan is still to pick them up when they hit the actual budget bin (In the next 18 months I would think). By then its throwaway purchase and the drivers can only be better :grinning:Reply
You may find them very difficult to find, as I understand it, they stopped manufacturing the silicon many months ago (perhaps an entire year ago), the (Intel original 8G) samples sent out for review were manufactured in February 2022.cyrusfox said:Always happy to see a sign of life from arc, and the 16gb space is a good proposition. My plan is still to pick them up when they hit the actual budget bin (In the next 18 months I would think). By then its throwaway purchase and the drivers can only be better :grinning:
They are actually an attractive option for those that need the video encode/decode, plus extra outputs as a secondary video card, so there is a good likelihood that the 8G variants will hit the market when a solid upgrade for this usage comes out and people replace their cards.
Bear in mind that as new cards are produced using the limited amount of silicon still left, the price changes and availability indications will tell you when the "new" stock is running out, might be an idea to buy then if you want to snag a bargain, but by the time the 16G version like this one are on eBay, there might be better choices for your use case available to you.
I learned some time ago to not predict the prices, availability and the "when" for used components, it sure is a lively market.! Either way, good luck.!
I made the mistake of buying Optane when I thought it was a good, deal, can get it for pennies per gigabyte now. I fully expect Arc to go the same way in a year or 2, either Battlemage will come or worse. Just look at the price of the A750. The lowend space is going to compress further eventually. No rush to try it out now while it is still lacking maturity.TheJoker2020 said:I learned some time ago to not predict the prices, availability and the "when" for used components, it sure is a lively market.! Either way, good luck.!