Weekly review and outlook: Intel’s fastest arc and the consumption of new hardware

The Intel Arc A770 and A750, Intel’s fastest Alchemist GPUs for the desktop were tested this week. But the question of the sustainability of current hardware in the form of its power consumption also occupies and interests many readers.

Intel’s fastest Alchemist GPU is under test

For Intel, the Arc A770 and A750 based on the Alchemist chip architecture also mean the temporary end of the increase in performance, because the larger of the two SKUs fully exploits the large Alchemist GPU ACM-G10. Intel’s first graphics card architecture for the desktop doesn’t get any faster. A positive aspect of the test was that there were no more crashes and the two limited editions are of very high quality, but there were still image errors in the test with the current driver.

Both the Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition (16 GB) and the Intel Arc A750 Limited Edition (8 GB), quasi the Founders Editions directly from Intel, will officially be available in stores from October 12th. German pricing is yet to come, but at $349 for the A770 and $289 for the A750 before tax, the larger model will have a hard time staying under the price of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, which will be available from around 380 euros is available.

Ultimately, Intel does not manage to place an interesting alternative to Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon RX with the two Arc models – although performance is not the only criterion in which Intel is usually defeated. The conclusion is, therefore: Intel Arc is too late, not fast enough, and still has to struggle with too many limitations.

Sustainability: Is the power consumption of new hardware still up to date?

The question of whether the ever-increasing power consumption of new hardware is still up to date is currently only answered by around 4 percent of the ComputerBase community with “yes”, because for them only the performance is decisive. 74 percent, on the other hand, are of the opinion that this development must now come to an end as soon as possible. 22 percent are undecided, since the power consumption increases, but ultimately the efficiency is improved.

While only around 11 percent consider a TDP of fewer than 150 watts to be up-to-date for a GPU and most allow it 250 to 300 watts, the CPU is said to be more economical: almost 13 percent consider more than 125 watts to be appropriate.

It is again the start of the new Ryzen generation that can place itself at the forefront. With the news that the middle class for Ryzen 7000 will be significantly more expensive, this is not positive for readers. On the other hand, the report in second place is not positive for AMD, because AMD’s PC CPU business has collapsed by 40 percent, which prompted the company to issue a sales warning.


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