Save $50 Off on Intel's Arc A770: Real Deals

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If you're looking for an alternative to either team red (AMD) or team green (Nvidia), then the only other real option is the entries from team blue (Intel), and in this specific case we have Acer's take on the Intel Arc A770 — the Acer Predator BiFrost Intel Arc A770 that's down to $349 having had $50 knocked off of its price on Amazon.

With a speedy 18Gbps of memory speed, thanks to a large 16GBs GDDR6 VRAM running on a 256bit of memory bandwidth, the Arc A770 can utilize the most out of its 2.2 GHz clock speed, and even boost to 2.4 GHz thanks to its OC setting. Cooling is provided by a thin vapor chamber and two fans, one a 92mm static pressure Frostblade fan and the other an all metal ultra-thin densely packed bladed fan for helping to dissipate the heat from the vapor chamber. 

The Intel Arc A770 works in conjunction with Xe Super Sampling to enhance AI-upscaling and frame generation in your favorite games to help improve the framerate and resolution of whatever title you're wanting to play.  The Arc A770 also supports AV1 encoding, with is a very fast and accurate way of encoding footage to platforms like Twitch and Youtube, and other platforms that support this fledging technology. 

A negative of this card however is its drivers, which at launch didn't have great support for DX9 titles and even now have had some inconsistent performance issues on older games. We reviewed the Intel Arc A770 and noted some of the performance issues in certain titles, but you will have to check on currently supported games as Intel is continually updating driver support for the Arc -series GPUs.

Acer Predator BiFrost Intel Arc A770 Graphics Card: now $349 at Amazon

Acer Predator BiFrost Intel Arc A770 Graphics Card: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45723&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0BHKNK84Y%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">now $349 at Amazon (was $399)
With a 2.2 GHz clock speed that can boost to 2.4 GHz, the Intel Arc A770 has the power to play the latest games, and with its 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM, it offers some longevity as newer RAM-hungry titles are released. 

This isn't the most powerful or best graphics card for gaming, but according to our testing it does compare favorably to an Nvidia RTX 3060 or an AMD 6650XT, and if you can get your hands on one for a similar price to these cards, then there is a bargain to be had. Have a look at our GPU Hierarchy for an idea of where the Intel Arc A770 sits overall against its competition. 

Along with Acer's Predator BiFrost Intel Arc A770 comes its namesake Predator BiFrost utility app which allows you to monitor the performance of your GPU as well as configure the fan speed and lighting, and specify some of the graphical settings for your card.

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Stewart Bendle
Deals Writer

Stewart Bendle is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.

  • King_V
    Eh . . it definitely beats the RTX 3060 price/performance, at the expense of greater power draw, but it's almost matched in performance by the much cheaper RX 6650XT, and outperformed and undercut in price by the RX 6700 (non-XT).

    There's even an RX 6700 XT model at $349.99 as of today according to PC Part Picker.
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  • cyrusfox
    Was hoping for a discount on the Intel version, may be waiting on the used market to come down to my price point
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  • firerod1
    It is getting close to a 6700 xt in some titles now.
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  • ohio_buckeye
    If they keep improving you might prefer the a770 for the extra vram as newer games seem to want more and more.
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  • King_V
    ohio_buckeye said:
    If they keep improving you might prefer the a770 for the extra vram as newer games seem to want more and more.
    Are we at the point where 1080p is really demanding more than either 10 or 12 GB VRAM, or even 8GB VRAM? By the time that becomes a serious issue, if at all, these cards will be old.

    firerod1 said:
    It is getting close to a 6700 xt in some titles now.
    That seems implausible. The 6700 XT has, overall testing based on the hierarchy chart, a 25-30% lead over the A770 at 1080p, about 19% at 1440p, and 10% at 4K.

    I suppose there might be a few outlier titles where the A770 might have a smaller gap than that, sure. Possible. Which games are "close"?

    Regardless of that, though, why pay the same price for lesser performance across the board?
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  • ohio_buckeye
    According to charts I saw for the new Harry Potter have you are pretty close to bumping up against 10gb vram use at 1080p. Sure that’s one game but you can imagine that’s going to start happening more and more.
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