all the specs and details of laptop GPUs

Entering the world of GPUs is currently not an easy task. Firstly because there are competitors who already dominate the market and whose experience has grown over the years, while others have surprised from their very first steps. And the second, of course, because the panorama of the production chain has not improved much. However, in Intel had already made it known that they were ready to take up the challenge with Bowhis first adventure in the dedicated graphics to stand up to Nvidia and AMD. Today, they finally detailed the specs of the laptop variants.

The first thing you need to know is that Intel Arc, similar to the nomenclature of processors, will be divided into three numbered series: Intel Arc 3, Intel Arc 5 and IntelArc 7. The first of these, the most basic of all and intended for ultra light and thin laptops, will be available today —for OEM partners— with A350M and A370M chips, targeting video game 1080p and up to 90 FPS (frames per second). The more capable GPUs, however, will see the light of day until the summer of this year. These are all the versions of the first generation with their respective characteristics:

Intel Arc 3 (A350M) Intel Arc 3 (A370M) Intel Arc (A550M) Intel Arc 7 (A730M) Intel Arc 7 (A770M)
Xe Cores 6 8 16 24 32
Ray Tracing Units 6 8 16 24 32
MHz 1150 1550 900 1100 1650
Memory (GDDR6) 4GB 4GB 8 GB 12 GB 16 GB
memory bus width 64 bit 64 bit 128 bit 192 bit 256 bit
Consumption 25-35W 35-50W 60-80W 80-120W 120-150W

Intel Arc Keys

Intel Arc supports its proposal in various sections. First of all, the Xe cores of the Xe High Performance Graphics microarchitecture, which was designed for gamers and content creators. The Californian company promises high performance and energy efficiency. The second point, of course, is essential when it comes to laptops.

Intel Arc Cores also stand out by integrating Xe Matrix Extensionsa technology that, compared to a traditional GPU, increases the computing capacity by up to 16 times to perform artificial intelligence processes.

On the other hand we have the engine Xe Multimedia Enginewhich accelerates video codecs and offers AV1, the hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding format. “AV1 is up to 50% more efficient than today’s most common codec, H.264, and 30% more efficient than H.265.2,” Intel says.