Intel has hinted at how much some of its high-end Arc graphics cards will cost.
As VideoCardz (opens in new tab) discovered, this goes back to Intel’s scavenger hunt competition, which began in early 2021, offering a prize package for the winners, including an Arc GPU – the problem is, those graphics cards haven’t been released yet, of course.
Meaning the promised Arc A770 and A750 GPUs have yet to be sent to the winners (obviously), so Intel offered an alternative prize for those who didn’t want to wait any longer.
These alternatives have just been revealed, and they are the Core i7-12700K or Core i5-12600K processors. So now people who previously opted for a different award can get one of these CPUs, or if that’s not to their liking, choose to take the original award and wait for an A7 series graphics card. Please note that this decision needs to be made by August 19 (next Friday).
What’s interesting about this is that Intel’s synopsis mentions that the overall prize pool will be of “equivalent” value to the original Arc GPU plus the freebie package (as you might expect). So we can see that the A770 roughly corresponds to the value of a 12700K processor, and the same should be true for the A750 in relation to the 12600K. Currently, MSRPs for these processors are $409 and $289, respectively, in the US.
Analysis: Putting the Pieces of the Pricing Puzzle Together
This is a suggestion – and it is just that, a tip we should take with great caution – that the A770 can be sold for $400 in the US (about £330, AU$570), and the A750 for $300 ( around £250, AU$430), or maybe just below those potential MSRPs.
This makes sense, as we’ve just seen Intel’s launch benchmarks for the Arc A750, which show the graphics card performing deftly against Nvidia’s RTX 3060. Intel if it wanted to produce a mid-range GPU that would whittle down Team Green – and that’s presumably what Team Blue will be aiming for. The rumor mill had previously released figures around the $300 mark for the A750’s price, so again, this is another piece that fits the overall puzzle here.
As for the high-end A770 GPU, launching it at around $400 would put the card at the same price point as the RTX 3060 Ti, and based on what we’ve heard so far about the rumored performance, that again would make sense. It all depends on how aggressively Intel wants to price its beefier Arc Alchemist graphics cards, and given the difficult launch and many delays surrounding these desktop GPUs so far, perhaps the company wants to give buyers more reason to buy than we’ve seen so far. . away (with graphics driver quality concerns no doubt being off-putting to some people).
Is the fact that alternative prizes being shipped soon a sign that maybe these Arc GPUs aren’t too far away from launch too? That’s one way of reading it, perhaps, but with the way the Arc desktop launch has gone this far, we wouldn’t hold our breath.
With all the delays, the concern is that these Arc graphics cards are up against the next-gen lines from AMD and Nvidia, although that said, the RTX 4060 is far from one of the first Lovelace GPUs released from the gate.