Intel introduces new Arc GPUs for laptops and finally competes against AMD and Nvidia

Intel today introduced its new Intel Arc GPUs in the mobile A-series, which will soon be available in various laptops.

The company confirmed its plans to release three variants of the laptop GPU, including Intel Arc 3, Arc 5 and Arc 7 – a format for demonstrating performance very similar to how Intel Core processor levels are labeled.

Intel Arc 3, which will function as the entry-level, will be introduced in the first batch of laptops in April 2022, with the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro being one of the very first adopters.

There will initially be two different Intel Arc 3 GPUs including the A350M and the A370M. Both will feature ray tracing cores to support advanced light rendering technology and pack 4GB of GDDR6 memory.


Intel claims that the Arc 370M will be able to hit 60fps or more for games like Hitman 3, Doom Eternal, Total War Saga: Troy, and The Witcher 3 when playing at 1080p resolution. In addition, the company suggests that the laptop chip can reach 94 fps in Fortnite, albeit with medium graphics settings.

Interestingly, Intel didn’t compare these performance results to mobile GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. The company claimed that it would like users to do the test comparisons instead, although it does raise some doubts as to whether Intel is confident it can offer competitive performance with its two rivals.

However, the Intel Arc 3 GPUs are clearly designed for entry-level gaming performance and will be available in laptops priced at just $899.

If you’re craving more power, Intel will also launch Intel Arc 5 and Arc 7 laptop GPUs in “early summer,” which consist of the A550M, A730M, and A770M chips.

Intel has yet to provide benchmark results for these more powerful GPUs, but claims Arc 5 will target “advanced gaming” performance, while Arc 7 is designed for “high performance gaming.”

Intel isn’t just relying on the hardware to challenge AMD and Nvidia as it also unveiled its extensive plans for Intel Arc software. Ray tracking is supported, and Intel is also introducing its Xe Super Sampling Technology (XeSS), which is the company’s proprietary AI-enhanced upscaling technology for games.

This effectively boosts the frame rate of supported games when playing at high resolution, with functionality similar to Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR. After launching XeSS in Summer 2022, 14 games will be supported including Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Death Stranding.


Intel Deep Link will also make Arc GPUs more efficient when paired with 12th Gen Intel Core processors, with technologies like Dynamic Power Share and Hyper Encode appearing to result in corresponding performance gains of 30% and 60%, respectively.

Intel will even launch a new app called Arc Control that will automatically keep your graphics drivers up to date, allow you to monitor/tweak performance and stream video feeds from your games if you fancy a Twitch to be a star in the making.

Though Intel goes into detail about its new laptop GPU offerings, Intel remains quiet about its upcoming Arc desktop graphics cards. We’re still expecting to hear more about it later in the year, but Intel wants to focus on its mobile GPUs for now since it already has so much experience in the laptop market. Intel introduces new Arc GPUs for laptops and finally competes against AMD and Nvidia

Chris Barrese

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