Ahead of Intel’s Vision event this morning, the company has published a short update on the status of the ongoing launch of their Arc family of GPUs. Penned by VP and GM of Intel’s Visual Compute Group, Lisa Pearce, the blog post addresses a few questions around the Arc launch, and particularly when we should expect to see the launch of Intel’s first desktop cards.

Starting there first, Pearce has announced that the desktop Arc launch has for all practical purposes slipped, with Intel now outlining a more staggered approach to their desktop launch. The first Arc desktop products were previously slated to launch later in Q2, and while this technically remains true, Intel’s Q2 launch plans are now limited to the Chinese market. The worldwide launch of the first desktop Arc products will then follow that in Q3 of this year.

Furthermore, that initial launch is going to be limited to the low end (3-series) parts of the Arc product stack, all of which are based around the ACM-G11 GPU. This is the same GPU that’s being used in Intel’s first wave of mobile Arc products as well, so like in mobile, Intel is starting small and working their way up on the desktop. The desktop launch of the rest of Intel’s stack, the mid-range Arc 5 and high-end Arc Arc 7 products, will then follow in late summer. This will be a worldwide launch, however Pearce is very careful to note that it’s initially for “OEMs and system integrators”, with a retail release to follow later.

Given Intel’s slow, regional-focused rollout of their first Arc mobile products, these developments are not entirely unexpected. As Pearce accurately notes in her blog post, Intel tends to launch low-end (and low-volume) parts in China first, which is something we saw last year with the release of Intel’s Iris Xe (DG1) products. Compared in particular to the North American and European markets, the Chinese market is far more weighted towards entry-level parts, and logistically it makes for an easier launch since this is where many boards and board components are made to begin with.

Intel Arc Launch Decoder
  Arc 3 Mobile Arc 5 & 7 Mobile Arc 3 Desktop Arc 5 & 7 Desktop
China: OEM Launched Early Summer Q2 Later This Summer
China; Retail - - After OEMs After OEMs
Rest of World: OEM Shipping Now Early Summer Q3 Later This Summer
Rest of World: Retail - - After OEMs After OEMs

Meanwhile, Pearce’s blog post also offers an update on the ongoing rollout of Intel’s Arc mobile products. Acknowledging that Arc 3 laptop shipments are behind schedule, according to Pearce Intel has been hamstrung by a combination of unspecified software issues and China’s significant COVID lockdowns. As a result, Arc 3 laptops are only now finally becoming available on a worldwide level.

With the kinks apparently worked out, Intel is now preparing for the launch of the first mobile Arc 5 and Arc 7 products. Like Arc 3, the mobile parts will debut first. According to Pearce, the first Arc 5 and Arc 7 laptops will be available early this summer, hinting at a post-Computex (and likely Q3) release.

Overall, Intel has been planning a relatively modest launch from the start, with just a bit over 4 million GPUs slated for 2022. So the silver lining to their multiple schedule delays, at least, is that the company is getting some of the kinks worked out of the process while they’re still dealing with what’s ultimately small potatoes.  With future generations the stakes will go up – and so will the expectations.

Source: Intel

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  • thestryker - Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - link

    While I certainly agree with your sentiment as I'd love to see benchmarking it doesn't really make sense for them to send devices to reviewers when it'll be another few months to get into customer hands. PC World had someone up here in Oregon visiting Intel and they got to run a handful of benches on the A370m (around RTX 3050 mobile perf) and I think that's about the best we're going to see until laptops start shipping west.
  • Calin - Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - link

    Anandtech bought one of the first 10nm laptops (it was an OEM only special sold only in China) and reviewed it. The results were... mixed to say the least.
    So, hopefully they'll manage something like this with Arc too
  • whatthe123 - Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - link

    site can't even afford to do gpu reviews anymore, i doubt they'll get an early laptop from china unless it's sponsored
  • name99 - Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - link

    Seems like the cynics among us were justified. Both about the timeline, and about the claims that the Pat Gelsinger Intel had changed and was no longer deliberately lying about timelines.

    As the Who said: Meet the new Intel, same as the old Intel.
    i4, i3, iA20, iA18...
  • onewingedangel - Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - link

    It would make sense for Alchemist to be largely OEM/SI as Intel just needs to get a product out in the wild and get real world feedback and work on improving the software side.

    I hope it's not, but I expect owners of Alchemist to be glorified beta testers.

    Intel discrete graphics are unlikely to be an enthusiast choice until Battlemage or Celestial anyway, but as long as they can make up ground gen on gen, and be price competitive there is a niche for them to fill.

    I'd imagine Intel will have to live with low margins on the GPUs for a few generations and will hide that in package deals alongside CPU, Chipset, Thunderbolt, Networking, WiFi etc.
  • cyrusfox - Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - link

    As long as it provides good media acceleration for Video/photo (adobe suite) it will find wide adoption. I am ready to replace my gt1030, I have been for 2 years now but the low end has had nothing better for a long time...
  • 29a - Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - link

    "Furthermore, that initial launch is going to be limited to the low end..."

    I'm under the impression that the "low end" is the entire product line.
  • jayfang - Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - link

    The SEC has formally cautioned Intel about making statements that affect a market and not following through on those statements. This is probably why we are seeing these "just legally qualifying" launches.

    If Intel investor reports say Q1 2022 ARC Launch we see 2 laptops with ARC that no one can purchase.

    If Intel investor reports say Q2 2022 ARC Desktop Launch we see low end devices in fast to ship to market.

    The market affected is not just gamers hoping and holding on for decent bang-for-buck, but also OEM hoping for big margins, 100M$ marketing support & stable supplies.
  • Hulk - Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - link

    This feels like Canon Lake's "launch."
  • vefivivi - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - link


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