During a conversation with PCGamer, Intel revealed that their Arc GPUs will have competitive prices, and not only that, they will also offer better ray tracing performance compared to the competitors. Intel is also planning the next generation of Arc GPUs, which will come after Alchemist.
Jacob Ridley, Senior Hardware Editor at PCGamer, recently attended IFA 2022 in Berlin. There he met some of the most important people at Intel, including Tom Peterson and Ryan Shrout. After this meeting, we’ll have a lot of inside juice about the Arc GPUs, as well as the company’s RTU (Ray Tracing Unit) and its performance. There has also been some discussion about the prices of the GPUs.
“The RTU [ray tracing unit] that we have is particularly well suited for delivering true ray tracing performance. And you’ll see that when you do ray tracing on equations with a [RTX] 3060 versus A750 or A770, we should be doing very, very well.
Yes, we are definitely competitive or better than Nvidia with ray tracing hardware.
We’ve tried to make ours generic because we know we’re not the established GPU vendor, right. So all our technology has to work more or less with a low dev rel (developer relationships) or dev tech engagement. So things like our cache structure and our hierarchy, you know, our thread sorting unit, the two techs that we’re going to talk about in this video, they work without any development or development work.
I’m a bit devastated by this. Because to your point there are some things that you would normally expect to be left behind. And the reason you should expect them to lag is because they are hard and they have to come after you have a solid foundation. But for better or worse, we just said we need all these things. And so we did XeSS, we did RT, we did AV1, we have quite a bit on the board, right? I think we learned that in this case we might have a lot on the board and all the planes are going to land, and that took us more time than we expected.
So maybe next time we would have handled it a little differently.”
– Tom Peterson from Intel via PCGamer
Speaking of competition, it seems that Intel has its eyes on NVIDIA more than AMD. Intel has already announced that its pricing strategy is competitive and has also published 50 game benchmarks for the Arc A750 graphics card, which has proven to be 5% faster compared to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060.
Not only does Intel want to come out better in pricing, but it also claims that its RTU has much better Ray Tracing performance. Tom Peterson has stated that RTU will deliver “true” Ray Tracing performance, while the Arc A770 and Arc A750 are better than NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 graphics card in this regard.