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Intel Arc A780 comparable to the RTX 3070 Ti

Intel's high-performance GPU has impressive specs.

Updated: Apr 1, 2022 4:07 pm
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Intel released a video of the ‘Arc Control’ software, which was in their Arc Alchemist presentation video. 3DCenter noticed that it happened to display an Arc A780 graphics card, which is due to be one of the highest-end cards in Intel’s stack. Their lower-end cards appear to be taking a kicking in current benchmarks. But, these higher-end models appear to be a bit more capable, as the video revealed the specifications of the card, and therefore we can adequately gauge just how powerful might appear to be on paper stats alone. But, theoretical performance isn’t the be-all, end-all.

Arc A780 specifications

Arc Control’s performance monitoring screen shows us the GPU power, clock speeds, and VRAM clocks. These all allow us to get a better understanding of what Intel might be cooking up. Additionally, because we can also see the total GPU usage, we’ll be able to understand bits and pieces about the total power of the card itself, which should allow us to accurately estimate and understand just how powerful these cards will be. According to the screenshots taken from Intel’s presentation.

Intel Arc A780 specifications

We can discern a lot of important detail about the card, exactly where you might be able to place it both against the competition and what kind of performance you might be able to expect out of the card based on that. We can see that the total power going to the GPU is 175W, therefore, you can assume that the true TGP of the board could be up to around 200W. It’s thought that this chip went under the name ‘DG2-512‘. We’ve summarised all of the best bits of the information that we can accurately ascertain below.

  • GPU clock: 2250 MHz
  • VRAM clock: 17.5 Gbps
  • GPU power: 175W

The A780 could compete against the RTX 3070 Ti & RX 6700 XT

According to the analysis performed from 3DCenter, the performance of the Intel Arc A780 could be comparable to Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti and AMD’s RX 6700 XT, but notes that the A780 might be slightly slower than the two. On paper, the A780 looks to be an extremely powerful card, that’s capable of managing clockspeeds of up to 2.2Ghz, but since we have yet to see any real-world performance out of the card, we remain to be somewhat skeptical of the Intel Arc lineup, especially after the debut of their entry-level laptop cards ended up resulting in less than stellar performance when it came to just how hyped up these particular releases have been. It all ultimately depends on how we measure the performance of these discrete cards as and when they begin to launch.

However, that also means that you should stay reasonable when it comes to the speculative performance of something that we don’t have hard evidence for quite yet. So, the A780 is something to definitely keep your eye out for as we learn more about AMD and Nvidia’s next-generation Lovelace and RDNA 3 hardware.

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