Yes, Intel's Feeble Arc A380 GPU Can Run Crysis

Arc A380
Arc A380 (Image credit: Gunnir)

The Arc A380 may not be one of the best graphics cards around. However, Intel's entry-level Arc Alchemist graphics card has what it takes to run Crysis, which was the golden standard for gaming.

YouTuber PCGH Benchmarks & Analysis (opens in new tab) recently took the Gunnir Arc A380 for a spin in Crysis, which didn't faze the budget Arc graphics card. Do note that this is the original Crysis, which came out 15 years ago, and not Crysis Remastered, which debuted two years ago. Notwithstanding, the decade-old title didn't faze the Arc A380 at all.

The Arc A380 performed admirably in Crysis, delivering over 60 FPS at 1080p (1920x1080) on very high settings and anti-aliasing set to 4x MSAA. We also saw glimpses of the Arc A380 peaking over 80 FPS. Unfortunately, it's public knowledge that Arc doesn't offer outstanding performance outside DirectX12 or Vulkan titles. Nonetheless, the Arc A380 still offered great performance numbers in Crysis, a title that leverages DirectX 10. The YouTuber reported that the game ran beautifully, and we didn't see any frame stuttering.

Intel's current Arc drivers are holding the Arc A380 back, so the graphics card could still have some performance in the tank. Currently, the drivers lack optimization for legacy APIs and require more development to tackle APIs before DirectX 12. However, Intel recently admitted to reusing its integrated graphics software for Arc, which explains why the drivers gimp the performance on Arc Alchemist's discrete graphics card.

At the beginning of the year, Intel had promised to ship river four million discrete graphics cards in 2022. So far, the chipmaker has only released the Arc A380, which is only available in China. The company is still optimistic that it'll be able to get desktop Arc into gamers' hands later this year.

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.

  • Phaaze88
    Umm, can one really call it feeble if it can do that? It IS Crysis, after all.
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  • rgd1101
    yeah, a 15 years old game.
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  • Phaaze88
    Yeah, but a 15 year old game that was ahead of its time.
    Plus, Arc is supposedly terrible with older APIs.
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  • bit_user
    I might buy an ARC just to toy around with it. I'll probably wait for the 7-series to land.

    I'm equally interested in its graphics and compute prowess. I think Intel is further along on the compute side, but we'll find out soon enough.
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  • peachpuff
    I hope it can run solitaire too...
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  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    Crysis 10th Anniversary 1080p Benchmark Results (tomshardware.com)


    That would mean it has about the power of the HD 7970, which isn't exactly a bad level of performance.
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  • peachpuff
    Alvar Miles Udell said:
    Crysis 10th Anniversary 1080p Benchmark Results (tomshardware.com)
    That would mean it has about the power of the HD 7970, which isn't exactly a bad level of performance.
    That's an 11 year old card...

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  • chalabam
    Wow! great card for 2007
    I wait for a card capable of running Tensorflow
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  • LolaGT
    The company is still optimistic that it'll be able to get desktop Arc into gamers' hands later this year.

    Any time now, yep, millions of 'em.
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  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    peachpuff said:
    That's an 11 year old card...


    Yes, with about the power of the modern RX 6400 based on processing power, a card AMD's AIBs sell for $150, and remember this is Intel's entry level card, so the comparison is valid.

    So yes, it's not bad for a company who is no doubt giving their graphics division an unlimited budget and ending up with drivers worse than AMD (didn't think that was possible), and helmed by Raja Koduri.
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