Intel Arc A770 GPU Shows RTX 2070-Like OpenCL Performance

Intel Arc
Intel Arc (Image credit: Intel/YouTube)

Intel hasn't launched its Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards yet. However, hardware sleuth Benchleaks (opens in new tab) has already uncovered a benchmark for the Arc A770, Intel's presumed flagship SKU that will compete with the best graphics cards.

It doesn't take a scientist to realize that the Arc A770 is the desktop counterpart to the mobile Arc A770M. According to the Geekbench 5 submission (opens in new tab), the Arc A770 has 512 execution units, or Xe Vector Engines (XVE), as Intel calls them. That would mean that the graphics card sports the full ACM-G10 silicon with 32 Xe-cores. Therefore, the Arc A770 has the same configuration as the A770M but has faster clock speeds. 

The Arc A770M from the Geekbench 5 submission could be an engineering sample, so don't take the reported clock speeds to heart. The program didn't record the Arc A770's base clock; however, the software picked up the boost clock, which came down to 2,400 MHz. For comparison, the Arc A770M has a 1,650 MHz base clock. The benchmark software also detected 12.7 GB, but that's likely a misreport. The Arc A770 should have 16GB of GDDR6 memory like the A770M.

Intel Arc A770 Benchmarks

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Graphics CardOpenCL ScoreShadersMemory
Radeon RX 6700 XT102,9882,56012GB GDDR6
GeForce RTX 306096,4163,58412GB GDDR6
GeForce RTX 207085,8182,3048GB GDDR6
Arc A77085,5854,09616GB GDDR6
Radeon RX 6600 XT82,5592,0488GB GDDR6

Scores for the other graphics cards are from Geekbench 5's OpenCL benchmark database.

OpenCL performance isn't indicative of gaming performance, and Geekbench 5 isn't the best benchmark for evaluating gaming performance. So take the results with a pinch of salt.

The Arc A770 scored 85,585 points in the OpenCL benchmark, sitting in the same ballpark as GeForce RTX 2060. Intel's graphics card performed slightly faster than the Radeon RX 6600 XT. However, the Arc A770 was no match for the GeForce RTX 3060 or the Radeon RX 6700 XT, where Nvidia's and AMD's performers outclassed it by 12.7% and 20.3%, respectively.

Intel recently started teasing its Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards; however, they won't arrive until this summer.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • hotaru251
    question isn't "is it enough for a flagship" its how will support be (i.e. drivers)
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  • pixelpusher220
    hotaru251 said:
    question isn't "is it enough for a flagship" its how will support be (i.e. drivers)
    Very good question. I'd hope that Intel would have the driver side of things pretty well down in basically muscle memory. Whether they can match the cadence of NVidia pushing out updates is another question.
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  • InvalidError
    hotaru251 said:
    question isn't "is it enough for a flagship" its how will support be (i.e. drivers)
    Most of us neither need nor want a flagship. We want something reliable that will bring the overall cost per FPS down by a meaningful amount. Something similar to what AMD did with the RX470-580 - relatively solid mainstream performance for its time at a fairly budget-friendly price.

    Driver-wise, Intel still has a lot of work left to do in that department if we go by reviews from people who got their hands on Samsung's Galaxy Book Pro 2. Those are definitely a concern.
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  • Eximo
    Yeah, not sure why the driver's are poor. It doesn't make a lot of sense.

    Supposedly they have had Xe graphics since 2020 and the DG1 was 2021, which required a special motherboard bios to work. Was apparently even a desktop Iris Xe you could get, might have to look for that later... Iris Xe MAX which is a discrete GPU for mobile. (Wait that is misleading, but it is filed under the desktop section, so not really sure)

    So in two years they have lots of hardware out there, various tech demos, etc, and they can't even launch some games. Blows my mind.

    I should point out that I have had issues with the i7-1165G7 I have at work. Screen goes to black when certain website videos and/or ads try to run. Luckily have an Nvidia GPU I can force it to use...
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  • evdjj3j
    I expect it to have i740 like gaming performance.
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  • saltweaver
    How is going to handle raytracing on custom engines vs. Unreal/Unity? Through OpenAPI or some other method? Has Intel communicate that?
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  • rluker5
    Per tflop the shaders in my UHD 770 don't seem slow compared to anything, not even RDNA2 (about 3500 graphics per tflop firestrike, 1000 graphics per tflop timespy) and plays most games I've tried flawlessly albeit slowly. But I've seen some oddities with some games like SOTTR that indicate they need some more driver work (in the built in bench there were texture issues similar to what a GTX580 has, but they were fixed and now a static ghost image appears behind everything about 1/3 the way through the final scene).
    If the shaders scale the high end won't be like a 2070 but like a 3070.
    Edit: I do have a 3080in my system and disable it in device manager when I want to test my UHD770, but maybe there are some driver conflicts present because the Nvidia driver is still installed. Not worth enough to me right now to uninstall it when I get the notion to fool around with igpu.
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  • jacob249358
    rtx 2070 performance is fine for flagship. The fact is most people don't need much more than that. If intel can pump out a bunch of gpus with decent drivers ranging from 1650 level to 2070 level performance the market will be great.
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  • Eximo
    jacob249358 said:
    rtx 2070 performance is fine for flagship. The fact is most people don't need much more than that. If intel can pump out a bunch of gpus with decent drivers ranging from 1650 level to 2070 level performance the market will be great.

    Flagship at what price? If $500, not great in terms of performance per dollar. Radeon 6600 XT can be had for just over $400 and is on par with an RTX 2070 / Super. Plus it is a known quantity.
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  • rluker5
    Eximo said:
    Flagship at what price? If $500, not great in terms of performance per dollar. Radeon 6600 XT can be had for just over $400 and is on par with an RTX 2070 / Super. Plus it is a known quantity.
    I just noticed a770, 12GB. It is the cut down 384 eu version, not the 512, 16GB flagship. Add 1/3 perf and you get to the 3070.
    Edit: just read 12GB is supposed to be the 448 eu version. Hopefully higher clocks will make up the rest.
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