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Intel Battlemage GPUs Sound Promising – But Leak Says Not Expected Until Q2 2024

After a lot of hype and speculation, Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics cards sadly proved to be a bit of a disappointment and, well, flop seems both adequate and accurate.. – It’s not that they were necessarily bad, but they fell quite notably short of both AMD and Nvidia in terms of gaming performance almost to the point of not even really stacking up that well against last-gen models from the Radeon 5000 and Nvidia 20XX series.

Intel is, however, still sticking with graphics cards for the immediate future at least and following a report via RedGamingTech, it seems that there’s some good and bad news in this regard. The good news is that Intel’s upcoming Battlemage series is promising two flagship models which, at least in theory, should offer significantly better comparative performance to both AMD and Nvidia. The bad news, however, is that it appears we shouldn’t expect them to arrive until Q2 2024!

Intel Battlemage – Getting Better, But Not Any Time Soon!

Starting with the good news, the source has claimed that Intel will really be looking to push the boat out with Battlemage offering a combination of excellent gaming performance while keeping power requirements (efficiency basically) at a notably low level. With TGPs of around 150W being cited, this is clearly significantly lower than seen in AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

While not providing any direct comparisons, the two flagship models (BMG-G10 and BMG-G21) may finally establish Intel as a truly effective third player. No, again, we doubt that these models will hold up against AMD or Nvidia’s high-end, but in this regard, they don’t really have to. There is a huge gap for entry-level/mid-tier affordable GPUs that Intel, with the right strategy, could really see success in. Particularly since Nvidia now apparently thinks mid-tier is circa $700!

The only problem, however, is that Battlemage isn’t expected to arrive until Q2 2024. And even then, based on how many problems Intel had with Arc Alchemist, I wouldn’t put too much stock in that timeframe being kept. Albeit, the leaked roadmap is quite old which could potentially suggest that Battlemage might be ahead of schedule. If it is though, I still wouldn’t expect any news from Intel on the subject until at least Q3 this year.

Could Battlemage get Intel’s graphics platform back on track though? Well, truth be told, at this point, I think that despite them being such a relatively new player in the GPU market, Battlemage will end up representing a kill-or-cure situation! If it succeeds, expect Intel to stick around in this market for a while. If it fails though… Well, I suspect Battlemage might be the last we see of Intel graphics cards.

What do you think though? Are you hopeful for Battlemage to finally establish the long-needed third-player in the graphics card market? How good would it have to be for you to consider buying one? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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