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Intel Teases Dual-Fan Arc GPU Using 1,000 Drones

Intel Alchemist
(Image credit: Intel)

We recently covered the announcement of Intel's Arc Alchemist discrete gaming GPUs, but the company's Graphics Twitter account recently posted a one-minute video showing a dual-fan GPU. Perhaps this will be the cooling design that will be used on the upcoming release of Intel's Alchemist GPU.

Intel hasn't confirmed the specs on Arc as a whole, but all indications are that it will top out at 512 execution units and 16GB of GDDR6 memory. According to a tweet by @GPUsAreMagic, the 512 execution units are sliced up into four groups of 128 EUs each. That's based on a rendered die shot included in Intel's video announcement, however, which could have little to do with the actual silicon.

Regardless, it seems Intel is not looking to go overboard with the cooling on Alchemist. Depending on the GPU configuration, two fans should be adequate, and that's a popular choice for mainstream products on our best graphics cards list. Or the drones may have just been drawing a generic GPU in the sky and the actual design will be completely different.

Alchemist will be hitting first for the Arc team, and according to a tweet from Anton Kaplanyan, the Arc GPUs will support the full DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set, including mesh shading, variable rate shading, and ray tracing. Intel will also support neural supersampling, which sounds a lot like Nvidia's DLSS. It will be interesting to see how Intel goes about that, as getting game developers to integrate yet another upscaling and supersampling algorithm could prove problematic — they already have DLSS and FSR as options, so it's doubtful games will want to include all three.

Alchemist is set for release in Q1 of 2022. We hope to learn more about the underlying architectural changes before then, and if all goes well Intel could actually offer some needed competition in the GPU market.

  • RodroX
    I see... so it looks like a video card..... so exactly who cares if you use 1000 drones or 1M drones, it wont be available till 2022, and thats if you believe intel.

    How about they show an engeniring sample instead?. It wont change anything for the time been but it may be more usefull to to draw useless conclusion :)
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  • Giroro
    I don't know why, but mostly this reminded me about how bad Intel is at making CPU coolers.
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  • maik80
    Where was the show?
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  • Krotow
    Intel, stop playing games. Show up a working prototype for comparison with competitor GPUs.
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  • RodroX
    Krotow said:
    Intel, stop playing games. Show up a working prototype for comparison with competitor GPUs.

    Its going to be a very long time before you see a working prototype, launch date is Q1 2022, knowing intel that means late march 2022 with luck lol
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  • Howardohyea
    Still about seven month to go, I think it's normal to not see any ES at this point. With Rocket lake I think it's about 4 month before launch that leaked benchmarks started flying around the place
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