The implementation of Intel's Arc GPU has been a confusing and staggered process, plagued by delays and leaks everywhere. But the Arc A380 discrete desktop card is finally about to hit the US market, starting at $129, and new information suggests it may not be the most popular desktop GPU Intel has on the market. process.

Alexey Nikolaychuk, the developer responsible for MSI Afterburner, has posted an image of a currently unannounced Intel Arc A3 GPU that will use a single I/O slot and draw power directly from the motherboard's PCIe slot, meaning no need none. additional power cords. That seems to put it squarely in competition with AMD's Radeon RX 6400, which retails for €159.

The as-yet-unnamed Arc GPU (which is likely to be an A320 or A310) is currently estimated at around €300, and we don't know what it will look like yet: the version photographed by Nikolaychuk has an aftermarket 3D-printed cooler. it's tied down, but we can assume it'll be a "low profile" GPU that can easily fit into small form factor PC cases.

The unnamed Arc GPU is much smaller than current generation RTX cards. (Image credit: Ilya Korneychuk/Twitter)

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What we don't know is whether this GPU will actually make it to the mainstream market; it could end up being available only to OEMs for pre-built compact PCs. Still, even that could bode well for Intel, especially after all the struggles with the Arc release.

Nvidia's Lovelace GPUs look poised to absolutely dominate the high-end gaming graphics card market, so Intel might be making a smart move to counter AMD's budget GPUs here. While we have no idea how this Arc A3 GPU will perform, it is believed to be powered by Intel's ACM-G11 GPU, which has superior display and media processing capabilities to the Navi 24 architecture that powers Intel's RX 6400. AMD.

Obviously it won't be for next-gen gaming, but this new GPU could be a boon for compact media center systems (like home theater PCs) and similar low-power computers. It could also serve as a viable upgrade for OEM PCs without a discrete graphics card, since it doesn't require an additional PCIe power cable.

If it's significantly cheaper than the RX 6400, Intel could step in and secure a super cheap space very quickly. Nvidia doesn't have any real horses in this race right now; the unfortunate GTX 1630 was dead when it arrived, and it doesn't look like the RTX 4000 series is a serious budget offering, so if Intel's Arc A3 line proves value for money, Intel could push AMD from the bottom . end – a blow to its main competitor.

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