Intel’s high-end Arc graphics cards, the A7 series, have been spotted in a few leaked benchmarks with interesting results – which we admit we need to sprinkle liberally with the usual caveats.
So treat this as a rumor but VideoCardz (opens in new tab) reports that Geekbench results appeared for the Intel Arc A770 and A750 GPUs (the Limited Edition versions, i.e. those made by Intel themselves, very similar to Nvidia and its Founders Edition cards).
Both graphics cards were tested with Vulkan and OpenCL on a PC with an Intel Core i9-12900KS processor (the fastest Alder Lake chip). In the Vulkan test, the A770 managed to rack up 73,536 points, with the A750 hitting 66,609 not far behind.
With OpenCL, the A770 achieved 99,482 compared to 88,828 for the A750, so again it was a similar story (albeit with the lower-spec A7 graphics card a little further back).
Analysis: Putting things in perspective
This is an interesting leak because these are the first external results for A7 GPUs outside of the perks we’ve heard from Intel. If you remember, Team Blue promised that the Arc A770 is a rival to Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti, and the A750 aims to take on the RTX 3060, based on Intel’s own performance comparisons. Which, of course, as with any internal benchmarking, needs to be taken with some spice, as the most favorable metrics are always chosen for obvious marketing reasons (everyone does this, of course).
Now, in these benchmarks we see that the A770 is almost on par with the RTX 3060, not the 3060 Ti – and the A750 is slightly behind the RTX 3060 (by about 10% of that).
But before we get carried away with the notion that these Intel GPUs might be a slightly weaker sauce than the company promised, we have to remember that this is just a benchmark, and only the more vague hint at how these A7 graphics cards might fare in terms of real-world gaming performance (only the Vulkan score is also relevant in this regard, mind you).
Of course, Geekbench scores aren’t the best way to judge games either, even in the world of synthetic benchmarks, and an example of the results shared here is the shaky scores of the AMD RX 6700 XT (which is certainly much faster for gaming than the RTX 3060, but not in these results).
In any case, what we can glean here is limited, and we need to wait for full testing and analysis of the Arc A770 and A750 to know how they will actually shape up. The good news is that what we already know is that Intel is targeting prices very aggressively, something we’ve been expecting from the start with Arc GPUs, and that should shake up the market for more affordable graphics cards.
Nvidia’s RTX 4060 isn’t coming anytime soon, so Team Green will have buyers relying on the RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti for now, so we expect them to need to be priced more competitively as Intel enters the market.
Assuming – and given how the Arc launch has gone so far, we probably shouldn’t assume too much – that the launch goes on schedule and smoothly with a good amount of stock of Intel’s A7 GPUs. Fortunately, Limited Edition is just a name chosen by Intel – as mentioned, like Founders Edition – and not an actual indication that volume will be limited, meaning we won’t see many GPUs on shelves.