Intel officially entered the graphics card market with the Arc line, made with portable computers in mind.
The first generation of Arc-A graphics cards for notebook computers will debut with three different products: Intel Arc 3, Arc 5, and Arc 7. Arc 3 will be available today, while Arc 5 and Arc 7 will be released in early summer. According to Intel, ARC 3 aims for a 1080p gaming experience on laptops equipped with the Arc A370M.
Laptops equipped with the Arc 5 or Arc 7 point to superior performance, with greater memory capacity. You can compare the performance of Intel GPUs below.
Like AMD and Nvidia, Intel will also release an application for users to manage their Arc graphics cards. It’s called Intel Arc Control. It will allow you to update graphics drivers easily, create custom profiles and use other additional features, such as a virtual camera and built-in streaming.
Intel was also keen to point out that the Arc-A line uses the new Xe architecture, which allows for high resolution and high refresh rate HDR and is compatible with the Display Port 2.0 10G connection protocol. According to Intel, these cards can support uncompressed 4k/120Hz gaming.
As Intel has previously confirmed, the Arc line supports XeSS, the company’s Supersampling technology, which competes directly with AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution and Nvidia’s DLSS. In short, this type of technology allows games to reach a higher resolution without demanding so much effort from the hardware. Although it is the latest of the three technologies, there are already several games that will be compatible with XeSS, such as Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Hitman 3.
Intel kicks off the ARC generation today with the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro, the first laptop to use the Arc 3 GPU as an option. The company promises that more models will be released in the coming weeks and months from brands such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and MSI.