Intel Arc Graphics is getting closer to launch at CES 2022


The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has just started and Intel has already made some big enough announcements to kick off. In addition to its new line of Alder Lake desktop and mobile chips, Intel has also decided to share an update on its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics product. The company has confirmed that it is already shipping Intel Arc graphics (codenamed Alchemist) to its OEM partners.

We’ve heard a lot of rumors recently about Intel Arc graphics and how the company is about to ship the finished product. However, this is the first time that we have received official confirmation from Intel regarding Arc’s graphics development since its Architecture Day in 2021. Intel has confirmed that it is preparing to release up to 50 new designs of Arc. mobile and desktop clients. It works closely with many OEMs including ASUS, MSI, Acer, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, etc. We don’t have an official release window for these designs, of course. However, it does give us a really good idea of ​​what to expect from a consumer perspective once GPUs are ready to go.

Intel Arc GPU

Intel Arc XeSS technology and Deep Link

It’s no secret that Intel’s new Arc graphics will bring advanced technologies to launch, including hardware-accelerated ray tracing, Xe Super Sampling (XeSS), Deep Link technology, and more. According to Intel, XeSS is currently integrated into a multitude of games. It works in close collaboration with a range of studios including Kojima Productions for an exclusive integration. Kojima Production’s Death Stranding Director’s Cut edition on PC reportedly includes XeSS integration and other core optimizations for 12th Gen Intel Core processors.

Notably, Intel would also work with many other publishers including 505 Games, Codemaster, EXOR Studios, PUBG Studios, Techland, Ubisoft, etc. It certainly looks like a promising start for Intel’s XeSS technology. We hope that it will be widely available on a bunch of titles of this generation and that it will be a tough competition to DLSS technology from Nvidia.

Finally, Intel also confirmed that it is working closely with partners to integrate Deep Link technology to accelerate performance in a range of key workloads. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, for example, is one of the applications that supports Deep Link Hyper Encode. Compatible software will essentially use both integrated and discrete graphics processors to speed up creation by simultaneously encoding the same video stream.

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