The $289 Arc A750 and $329/$349 Arc A770 offer surprisingly strong 1080p performance, a unique mix of features and aggressive pricing that makes them well worth considering for a mid-range PC - for most gamers, anyway.
There's loads to cover here and time is short, so let's take a quick overview of the hardware, cover the software features we're most interested in and then get into the meat of this review: gaming benchmarks.We've got a brand new GPU test suite for late 2022, with a tranche of complete newcomers joining a remixed assortment of Digital Foundry favourites covering every major engine.
Of course, we'll also be taking a look at performance in some classic 'banana skin' DX11 titles in our video review, where we expect Intel's first-generation Arc GPUs to have slightly more difficulty.
We tested two Intel Limited Edition models (think Nvidia's Founders Edition cards), the $289 Arc A750 and the $349 Arc A770 16GB.
The A770 16GB LE is differentiated with three zones of LED lighting (along the top of the card, around the fans and on the back), while the A750 LE goes without, but both cards occupy the same dimensions (27x10x4cm), require the same eight-pin plus six-pin power inputs and indeed are based around the same Alchemist G10 silicon.
Notably, both also include support for AV1 encoding, which isn't part of Nvidia's 30-series or AMD's 6000-series graphics cards and should help to stream or record in better quality at the same resolution compared to H.264/H.265.Looking at the raw specs, the A750 and A770 ought to be strong alternatives to the RTX 3060 with advantages in most areas - including silicon produced on TSMC's 6nm node, the same as the recent PS5 refresh.
406 mm²), a lower boost clock (1777MHz vs 2100MHz), less memory (12GB vs 16GB DDR6), less memory bandwidth (360GB/s vs 560GB/s) and draws less power (170W vs 225W).
In a naïve comparison, the A770 looks like the better card - but Nvidia certainly has the advantage of experience, with many generations to hone both its architecture and its drivers against a newcomer to the discrete GPU space?
The A770 and A750 arrived too early to use Intel's 13th-gen parts - or AMD's Ryzen 7000 processors - so we've opted for something a little more mature, familiar and...
Naturally, we're running Windows 11 with the latest graphics drivers installed for each of our three vendors.
The idea here is to ensure that our graphics card is the bottleneck even at lower resolutions, and our game benchmarks have also been chosen with that in mind?Will you support the Digital Foundry team.
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