Intel Arc feature

Intel’s first high-performance GPU is coming in Q1 2022, will support Ray Tracing, AI super sampling & DX12 Ultimate

Intel today revealed the brand for its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics products, Intel Arc. The Arc brand will cover hardware, software and services, and will span multiple hardware generations.

The first generation, based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture, will be code-named Alchemist (formerly known as DG2). Intel also revealed the code names of future generations under the Arc brand: Battlemage, Celestial and Druid.

As the press release reads, the first Alchemist products will arrive in the first quarter of 2022. Moreover, Alchemist will feature hardware-based ray tracing and artificial intelligence-driven super sampling, and offer full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate.

Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions, said:

“Today marks a key moment in the graphics journey we started just a few years ago. The launch of the Intel Arc brand and the reveal of future hardware generations signifies Intel’s deep and continued commitment to gamers and creators everywhere. We have teams doing incredible work to ensure we deliver first-class and frictionless experiences when these products are available early next year.”

It will be interesting to see whether Intel’s supersampling solution will be closer to NVIDIA’s DLSS or AMD’s FSR.

Lastly, here is the Intel Arc graphics pre-production silicon in action.

Stay tuned for more!

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