Intel Confirms A770 is Very Close to An Official Launch

It’s still a huge matter of frustration among the PC community that Intel’s Arc graphics cards have still yet to officially hit Western shores. With them originally scheduled to arrive around last February, over six months on, and with nary an Arc GPU in sight (outside of China), it clearly indicates that their first-generation of models haven’t gone entirely to plan.

With Arc graphics cards seemingly getting imminent for launch, however, it seems that after very long wait, we’re finally going to find out just how good (or bad) they really are. With this in mind though, when will they actually be dropping? – Well, following a Twitter post by Intel GPU chief Raja Koduri, he has said that their top-spec A770 is finally ‘getting ready for launch’.

Intel Arc A770 – Preparing for Launch

As to why Intel Arc has taken so long, the vast majority of leaks and speculation has consistently focused on problems when it comes to their drivers and hardware compatibility. An issue which has seemingly taken Intel nearly a year to resolve! – With this announcement, however, it does seem that with the A770 getting ready for launch, the full Intel Arc launch event surely can’t be much longer away!

There is, however, clearly a lot of speculation as to where the A770 will sit in the grand scheme of comparative performance. Some sources claim it’ll be around on par with something like the Nvidia 3060 Ti/3070 whereas others are somewhat less optimistic. – In a point we’ve raised many times though, with next-gen models from both AMD and Nvidia on the way, with price cuts seemingly dropping for current gen models, it does increasingly feel like Intel isn’t leaving themselves much in terms of market space wiggle room.

Overall, if Intel Arc, and the A770 particularly, are disappointing, they’ll be quickly forgotten despite all the hype and attention they got during development. – I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again though, while Intel would’ve clearly been much better served to drop these when originally planned, Arc being good honestly isn’t that overly important. Arc existing, as a long overdue third player in the GPU market, is!

What do you think though? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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