As the retail debut of Intel’s top-tier graphics card portfolio approaches, more information is becoming available regarding the critical market questions of cost, launch dates, performance, and availability. In addition, more A700-series GPU-related queries from Intel were addressed today, with claims that every card in the Arc A700 GPU series outperforms Nvidia’s 18-month-old RTX 3060.
After announcing a $329 MSRP for its A770 GPU earlier this week, Intel reiterated that it would release three A700 GPU series devices on October 12: The previously mentioned Arc A770, which costs $329 and has 8GB of GDDR6 memory; a second Arc A770 Limited Edition, which costs $349 and has 16GB of GDDR6 memory with a slightly greater memory bandwidth; and the somewhat less powerful A750 Limited Edition, which costs $289.
The A750 LE is effectively a binned version of the A770’s chipset with 87.5 percent of the shading units, ray tracing (RT) teams turned on, and a very slight boost clock reduction, in case you missed the message about the sub-$300 GPU when it was released.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II remaster from this year, Gotham Knights, and other titles will be included in the downloadable games and software that Intel previously promised would be included with new sales of Arc A700 series GPUs made by January 2023. A refresher on Intel’s first-gen Arc GPU type. GPUs had a perplexing “performance-per-dollar” rating.
In a press conference call, Intel reps declined to elaborate on the early shipping totals for the first three A700-series GPUs other than to opine that the larger-memory A770 LE may be running low on stock. Intel should have specified which add-in board (AIB) partners will be a part of the A700 series’ October launch, which further complicated the issue of the GPUs’ availability.