Anyone who’s shopped around for a quality graphics card over the past year will have noticed the industry’s supply shortages and expensive resale prices due to crypto mining trends and semiconductor shortages. Now, Intel will launch its latest GPU innovation, the Intel Arc Alchemist, in the first quarter of 2022. Could Intel thwart NVIDIA and AMD?
Why are graphics cards so hard to come by?
Graphics cards are an essential part of the desktop that is responsible for the screen output of your PC. If you’ve been trying to buy or build a PC, you may have encountered a huge spike in the price of GPUs, which are widely obsolete. The main cause of the GPU shortage is the shortage of silicon chips and the increased demand for consumer electronic devices since the pandemic. Samsung is one of the world’s largest suppliers of computer chips, also known as semiconductors. During the pandemic, the company had to stop production. The manufacturers of graphics processors also fell behind due to the production stop of the chips.
The upcoming Intel Arc Alchemist
NVIDIA and AMD compete each year to create the best graphics card. Intel plans to enter the market and compete with the Intel Xe line, although it’s been over a decade since Intel produced a desktop graphics card. The price of the Alchemist graphics card is yet to be confirmed, but industry speculation suggests that it will likely be cheaper than either NVIDIA or AMD cards. Intel plans to sell more than 4 million ARC Alchemists in 2022, which if successful could prompt the two current industry giants to reconsider their pricing strategies. Either way, the Intel GPU can be a great opportunity to get a high-end card at a fair price. According to Intel’s roadmap, the ARC Alchemist should be launched in the first quarter of 2022.
Why you should keep an eye on the upcoming Intel GPU
Intel hired Vineet Goel as vice president and general manager for the Xe architecture (Intel GPUs) in September 2021. Goel was AMD’s senior director of GPU architecture and was later promoted to vice president of AMD GPU architecture. But what does this mean for Intel? The hiring of one of AMD’s leading experts could impact the performance of future AMD graphics cards. It also allows Intel to move forward with Goel’s experience and input into the design and product of the ARC Alchemist and other Intel graphics cards to be released in the near future.
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