Intel is moving forward with its planned release for the Intel Arc A7 desktop graphics cards, confirming pricing for the Arc A750 and A770 Limited Edition (LE), having already confirmed the price and release date of the regular A770.
While the last card is in the middle of $329, the LE variant – which has 16GB of upgraded VRAM, compared to the regular model’s 8GB – will cost $349, while the A750 comes in at an MSRP of $349. 289 very economical. There is also an LE version of the A750, but the differences seem to be just cosmetic. (Pricing and availability of these cards outside the US is yet to be confirmed.)
Intel is comparing the A770 to Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Tiand the A750 for the RTX 3060and the performance comparisons look great so far – especially considering that Arc cards are significantly cheaper than similar offerings from Nvidia and AMD – but of course, we’ll reserve judgment until we can test them ourselves.
The Limited Edition models are essentially the same as Nvidia’s ‘Founders Edition’ cards – manufactured and sold directly by Intel, with a sleek dual-fan design. The A770 LE will have RGB lighting, but the A750 apparently won’t, which is likely a move to keep the price down. It is unclear whether LE cards will really be ‘limited’ per se; Intel has not stated that it will only manufacture a set number of these GPUs.
Analysis: Intel’s pricing is so aggressive that Nvidia should reconsider
Intel is certainly getting bold with the Arc now, scheduling these cards to release on the same day (October 12) as Nvidia’s $1,599 flagship. RTX 4090. This is already set to be a busy day, with the Early Access to Amazon Prime sale, Microsoft Surface reveal event and Google Cloud event all taking place on the same day.
Later Pat Gelsinger’s cheeky comments regarding the exorbitant prices of Nvidia’s new cards, and Team Green’s insistence that GPU prices aren’t going to drop anytime soon, it looks like Intel is ready to pounce – and I couldn’t be happier about that, personally.
Competition breeds innovation, as they say, so Intel could be about to give the GPU market a much-needed boost when it comes to delivering competent gaming performance at a highly competitive price – assuming, of course, that Arc cards meet the demand. to our expectations.
Nvidia is clearly planning to keep its prices pretty high; we don’t know what low-cost cards he may have currently booked, such as RTX 4060, but it seems likely that we will see generation price increases. Considering these Arc cards are already cheaper than their RTX 3000 series counterparts, Nvidia will need to respond with price cuts if it wants to stay relevant in the budget space.
the war for best video card will probably never end, but with Intel entering the fray, I think the best budget GPU arena is about to get very interesting. It’s almost shocking given the awful time Arc has had in development; I went myself highly critical of that, but it finally looks like Team Blue is ready for battle, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.