Intel Arc desktop GPU start delayed

Intel has recently been busy with the Arc press tour. The company’s Tom Peterson and Ryan Shrout have unveiled two new desktop GPU models, including the A750 and A770, along with their Limited-Edition designs. However, the tour lacks details such as when these GPUs will be released or what their price will be.

Intel has confirmed that the first batch of Arc LE cards have arrived for reviewers and will now be tested internally and eventually shipped to the tech media. When exactly this will happen is still unclear.

A rendering of Moore’s Law is Dead explains the lack of details about the Arc GPUs. Looking at the internal roadmaps that have been leaked, we see that Intel has communicated mixed information about the Arc GPUs and this has added to the confusion surrounding the launch of the Alchemist series.

Intel’s graphics division had released those slides to other Intel divisions nearly a month ago. The roadmap contains the names of all SKUs and according to this roadmap the launch of the AIC (custom board) was planned for August. The AIC roadmap covers one particular SKU, the A380, but Intel only commented on the release date of the custom design a month ago.

The roadmap confirms that there will be at least five models planned, and of these five we already know about the Gunnir and the AsRock. It’s pretty obvious that others will include Gigabyte, MSI, and ASUS. The roadmap also reveals that Intel planned to launch the Arc A770, A750, A580 and A380 for system integrators in July. But so far, no system integrators or even manufacturers have announced new systems with these GPUs. So far, we’ve only seen the A380 in turnkey PCs.

Intel’s roadmaps share confusing messages regarding the Arc desktop ‘Story’ to be unveiled in September. The slide clearly says ‘don’t launch’, which could be either a wrong choice of words or some confirmation of delaying the launch until September.

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