Intel first announced Arc, its line of discrete graphics cards to rival Nvidia and AMD, back in 2021. Since then, we’ve been provided with various snippets of information, but the graphics card collection is still largely a mystery. Will it be more powerful than competing cards from Nvidia and AMD? How much will it cost? Will there be enough stock amidst GPU shortages?
It looks like some of these questions could finally be answered at an Intel Arc event due to take place next week, with Intel finally ready to "reveal its latest discrete graphics milestone".
Here’s everything you need to know about the event, including timings, how to watch it live and what to expect.
When will the Intel Arc Event take place?
As revealed by Intel, the Arc-themed event is set to take place on 30 March 2022 at 8am PT, which translates to 11am ET for those on the East Coast of the US and 4pm BST for those tuning in from the UK.
How can I watch the Intel Arc Event?
Like most big tech announcements in 2022, you can watch the Intel Arc event from the comfort of your own home via live stream.
We’ll embed the YouTube live stream here once it goes live, so simply bookmark this page and head back on 30 March 2022 to see what Intel has planned for its next-gen graphics card collection.
What should I expect from the Intel Arc Event?
Hosted on the Intel Arc Graphics website, it should come as no surprise that Intel will be sharing news on its new graphics card collection – but those hoping for the reveal of a desktop GPU may be disappointed, as Intel has instead teased “a first look at our new discrete graphics for laptops”.
That no doubt confused fans, which is why VP and GM for the Visual Compute Group at Intel, Lisa Pearce, took to the Intel blog to explain.
Pearce suggests that "Intel technology powers a significant share of the world’s notebooks" and that "by beginning to launch our mobile products first, we aim to bring all our technologies (CPU, graphics, media, display, I/O, etc.) to bear to deliver great experiences". That should set the groundwork for the desktop GPUs to launch further down the line.
Interestingly, the VP also provided an insight into just how well the laptop GPU will perform, claiming that the first Arc discrete GPU designed for the mobile market will "enable up to a 2x improvement in graphics performance vs integrated graphics alone while maintaining similar form factors".
That’s allegedly based on an average FPS count at 1080p Medium settings on Metro Exodus, though specific framerates aren’t provided. But, if true, we could see future lightweight ultrabooks capable of casual gaming – and that’s truly exciting in a world where most gaming laptops are heavy and unwieldy.
If you want to find out more about Intel’s upcoming GPU collection, take a look at the latest Intel Arc GPU rumours.