Similar to the CPU market which is dominated by Intel and AMD, the GPU sector only has two major players, Nvidia and AMD — until now. Intel, a household name that’s been around since the dawn of the personal computer, is set to take on both Nvidia and AMD in a welcome move that will hopefully shake up the market. From what I can gather the first Intel discrete graphics cards are set to be released in the first quarter of 2022 under the Intel Arc name with the GPU chip codenamed Alchemist.
The new GPU is rumoured to be in direct competition with Nvidia’s RTX 3070, complete with Ray Tracing, so Intel really has its work cut out as this is a huge mountain to climb.
There’s a huge amount of speculation flying around at the moment, but the general consensus seems to be that Intel needs to hit the ground running with aggressive prices and performance. The current top tier cards, RTX 3070 and RX 6800 XT which Intel will need to compete with are well above mid-range cards, but it is a sector they will need to aim for.
I for one am looking forward to another player entering the GPU market and judging from just the limited amount of forthcoming information from Intel, we can expect to see the first examples during the first three months of 2022.