Two months after launch, the first tests of the Intel Arc Alchemist A370M GPU were published. PCWorld. The A370M is an entry-level GPU in the Arc A-Series and is designed for budget laptops to compete with NVIDIA and AMD’s entry-level GPU offerings.
Intel Arc A370M Alchemist gets first gaming tests, shows competitive performance compared to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
The Intel Arc A370M is located in the entry-level discrete GPU segment and is based on the SKU ACM-G11, the smallest of the two SKU Arc Alchemist. He uses full configuration of the ACM-G11 GPU with 8 Xe cores (1024 ALU), 8 beam tracing units, a graphics clock speed of 1550 MHz, 4 GB of 64-bit GDDR6 memory and a TDP range of 35-50 watts. This chip will compete with the GeForce RTX 3050 and Radeon RX 6500 series.
Target Smith of PCWorld managed to get a reference laptop that was based on the design of the MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo and managed to run some tests. The laptop was only available for testing on the Intel Jones Farm campus, based in Portland, Oregon. This once again confirms the limited availability of Arc in regions other than Asia. Intel Arc A350M laptops are available to customers, but only in some markets in Korea and Asia and only in Samsung / Lenovo designs. Other laptop manufacturers have yet to present their portfolio based on Arc. Some called drivers the main reason for the delay, while others called the low number of GPUs.
Thus, by embarking on the tests, Intel was allowed to run only four tests in its controller testing environment, which includes one synthetic and three AAA titles. First, we have the result of Time Spy from 3DMark, where the Intel Arc A370M GPU scored 4,405 points in graphics tests. The comparative GeForce RTX 3050 is gaining 4396 points, which means that the A370M does offer higher performance (in synthetic loads). This is already a significant increase in performance compared to initial results which showed only 3196 points in the same test. These tests were performed with DTT enabled, causing severe performance losses demonstrated from Korean PC testers.
Intel Arc A370M Discrete GPU Test Suite (courtesy of PCWorld):
- 3DMark Time Spy: A standard demonstration of Time Spy with default settings.
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: highest DX12 1080p settings, beam tracing off, TAA on.
- Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker: 1080p at the highest settings (desktop).
- Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition: 1080p at high reference settings.
- Topaz Video Enhance AI: The eight-second .MOV 1080p file was increased to 4K using the mid-quality Artemis AI model.
Turning to the games, we first have a test of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, where the Intel Arc A370M is a bit slower than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 at 1080p High. Performance turns to Intel in the 1080p Shadow of The Tomb Raider benchmark, and the blue team leads at 9 frames above the NVIDIA RTX 3050. Finally, in the Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, the blue team loses at 3 frames per second at 1080p High, but neither of the two GPUs is capable of generating a reproducible frame rate of more than 30 frames per second. One thing to note is that none of these tests use the DLSS or XeSS capabilities that new GPUs can offer, and even hardware ray tracing was not used because the “normal” ray tracing preset only allows hybrid mappings and does not use full ray tracing. reflections.
Intel Arc A370M Gaming Test (Image: PCWorld):
So overall you are looking at 2% better performance for the NVIDIA RTX 3050 compared to the Intel Arc A370M GPU. This is definitely a decent performance, given exactly the level of graphics performance that Intel is targeting with this discrete entry-level GPU. The Arc A350M GPU was placed against the RTX 2050, which is also based on the Ampere GPU, while the A370M is located against the RTX 3050. Content creation is also one of the strong suits for Intel, where the GPU got 38% better performance thanks to DeepLink features that allow a discrete GPU to use the built-in Iris GPU on the CPU for higher performance.
Intel Arc A370M (PCWorld) GPU Performance
|Benchmark||Intel Arc A370M (MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo)||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED)||Intel Iris Xe (MSI Summit E14 Flip)||A370M vs. 3050||A370M vs. Iris Xe|
|3DMark Time Spy (Graphic Test)||4405||4396||1832||+ 0%||+ 140%|
|Final Fantasy XIV (1080p High)||7196||7639||4674||-6%||+ 54%|
|Shadow of The Tomb Raider (1080p supreme)||59||50||21||+ 18%||+ 181%|
|Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (1080p High)||19||22||N / A||-14%||N / A|
|Topaz Video Enhance AI||134||187||486||+ 40%||+ 163%|
Now, given these performance figures, we can definitely expect the performance of the NVIDIA RTX 3050, but these are just three games. However, it is safe to say that the 3050 is a faster GPU than the AMD RX 6500M, which is a red command claimed has much better gaming performance than the ARC A370M.
It looks like AMD called it a win, comparing Intel’s premature discrete graphics processor, and the end result could be better for the blue team if they configure their drivers correctly. The problem now is that most vendors will ship laptops with Arc, even with Alchemist A350M and A370M GPUs, in the third quarter of 2022 confirming recent reports of significant delays.
Intel Arc A-Series Mobility GPU line:
|Video card option||GPU option||GPU Die||Executive units||Shading units (cores)||Memory capacity||Memory speed||Memory bus||TGP|
|Arc A770M||Xe-HPG 512EU||Arc ACM-G10||512 EU||4096||16 GB GDDR6||16 Gbps||256-bit||120-150 W.|
|Arc A730M||Xe-HPG 384EU||Arc ACM-G10||384 EU||3072||12 GB GDDR6||14 Gbps||192-bit||80-120 W.|
|Arc A550M||Xe-HPG 256EU||Arc ACM-G10||256 EU||2048||8 GB GDDR6||14 Gbps||128-bit||60-80 W.|
|Arc A370M||Xe-HPG 128EU||Arc ACM-G11||128 EU||1024||4 GB GDDR6||14 Gbps||64-bit version||35-50 W.|
|Arc A350M||Xe-HPG 96EU||Arc ACM-G11||96 EU||768||4 GB GDDR6||14 Gbps||64-bit version||25-35 W.|