Intel Says Their Arc Discrete Graphics Won’t Be Canceled

Yesterday we reported on rumors that Intel might be doing away with their Arc discrete graphics cards. In particular, it was noted that the “dedicated gaming card line may be canceled before Celestial even gets a chance”. Currently, Intel is in the process of launching their Arc “Alchemist” graphics cards, with Arc “Battlemage” next year and “Celestial” after that. It seems that Intel quickly crushed these rumors. Raja Koduri, Intel Executive Vice President initially posted this tweet…

In the tweet, Raja posted a photo of Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics card running in the volume validation lab in Toronto, adding that the GPU is still “preparing for launch”.

Of course, there were responses to this tweet, and an interesting one came from GTechGeorge, who asked if Intel canceled Arc after the first two generations. Raja had this to say: “we are also ️ about these rumours. They don’t help the team that is working hard to bring these to market, they don’t help the PC graphics have to ask, who are they helping? ..we are still in the first generation and yes we had more obstacles than planned to succeed but we persevered…”.

Then GamerReport specifically replied that the rumors were about Celestial, not the current generation and whether Raja had any comments about future architectures. Raja replied with a slide from Intel’s Visual Compute Roadmap showing Celestial and stating that Intel is continuing to execute on this strategy.

What I also find very interesting is that Intel was so quick to deny these rumors. Companies typically refrain from commenting on rumours, but Intel was quick to respond to these rumours, which made sense in the face of a lot of bad press. I mean, are you going to invest in a current Arc graphics card when Intel scraps things in a year or so? Just hours after publishing our story yesterday, an Intel PR agency reached out and pointed us to the above tweets. Lots of damage control for Intel which makes you question things.

Remember, Intel sold their Optane team out of the blue, even after the next-generation products were shown months before. I think another distinction needs to be made as well, although the roadmap shows Celestial, it doesn’t really differentiate between a legitimate discrete graphics card and say a GPU tile on a CPU. Does Intel plan to keep trying to make discrete graphics cards to compete with NVIDIA and AMD, or will we just see a “Celestial” GPU tile on an Intel CPU? I think time will tell, I don’t think we will get a clear distinction from Intel.

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