Intel’s Arc discrete graphics cards may be on the verge of being canned, or at least that’s what a prominent leaker believes.
renowned youtuber Moore’s law is dead (opens in new tab) (MLID) explains that the general sentiment from Intel insiders is that Arc GPUs, which started this year with the Alchemist models, will not survive much longer.
More specifically, the MLID cites one source – at the executive level – that claims, quite brutally, that the Arc is “finished” and another source that simply says that Intel is ending its low-key Arc efforts.
This really couldn’t be clearer, but of course, we must remember that this is just small talk, so we should still take this with extreme caution. As MLID makes clear in the intro to the video announcing this, it’s not the news anyone wants to hear, including himself.
Analysis: We hope this isn’t true – and there may be other possibilities for Arc
So let’s not get carried away here, but that obviously doesn’t sound right. We’ve heard rumors that Intel might cancel their discrete Arc project recently, but after that, Intel was pretty quick to get defensive and assure us that Arc graphics cards are here to stay, and that work has begun on 2nd generation Battlemage GPUs. already, style at full speed.
MLID notes that very recently a source was talking about Battlemage’s progress, but that Intel was considering not producing a whole range of graphics cards, such as Alchemist (A7, A5, A3), but perhaps only low-end models ( what to be B3). This would keep costs down and allow drivers to be further improved, with the last software side of the equation being a big issue for Intel and a major reason for the delays and disappointments surrounding the Arc Alchemist release.
However, this was the word on the vine before hearing from these new sources that are essentially saying that the Discreet Arc appears to be complete.
Looking back at the release of Alchemist, which has been a painstaking and stuttering affair to say the least, hasn’t given us an optimistic outlook for Intel’s discrete GPUs – in the past, we’ve even declared the cards looked doomed from the start. And in light of Intel’s recent financial struggles, with a negative balance sheet factor being Arc, it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise to see the low-key project canned — or at least severely cut.
Remember, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger just said that the company’s performance will likely deteriorate before it sees an improvement, and that further steps will be taken to reduce Team Blue’s product portfolio. Apparently, if this rumor is correct, ditching Arc GPUs could be part of that simplification.
As the MLID puts it, Intel simply cannot subsidize a division that it believes will not make money for the company for many years to come, given the difficult fiscal waters the company is currently navigating.
Now, that might not be true, so let’s hope that’s the case – but if Arc continues, it looks like it will likely be in a much slimmer form than the larger plans of a whole range of laptop and desktop GPUs as proposed by Alchemist. . MLID theorizes that we might see a discrete Battlemage product, like some sort of low-end laptop graphics solution, but what we apparently won’t get is a burgeoning array of GPUs to significantly challenge AMD and Nvidia.