Review Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition Review: Bringing Back Midrange GPUs

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I'd like to see benchmarks cappped at 60fps. Not everyone uses high refresh rate monitor and today, when electricity is expensive and most likely will be even more in the near future, I'd like to see how much power a GPU draws when not trying to run the game as fast as possible.
 
Limited Edition? More like DoA Edition...

Still, I'll get one. We need a strong 3rd player in the market.

I hope AV1 enc/dec works! x'D!

EDIT: A few things I forgot to mention... I love the design of it. It's a really nice looking card and I definitely appreciate the 2 slot, not obnoxiously tall height as well. And I hope they can work as secondary cards in a system without many driver issues... I hope... I doubt many have tested these as secondary cards.

Regards.
 
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The hardware is impressive. It looks the part, in fact that looks elegant powered up.

It does look like they are trying to push out fixes, unfortunately when you are swamped with working on fixes optimization takes a back seat. The fact that they have pushed out quite a few driver updates shows they are spending resources on that and if they keep at that.....we'll see.
 

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Looks like this card works best for those that want to max out their graphics settings at 60 fps. Definitely lagging the other two in driver CPU assistance.
And a bit of unfortunate timing given the market discounts in AMD gpu prices. The 6600XT for example launched at AMD's intended price of $379. The A770 likely had it's price reduced to account for this, but the more competitors you have, generally the more competition you will have.

I wonder how many games the A770 will run at 4k60 medium settings but high textures? That's what I generally play at, even with my 3080 since the loss in visual quality is worth it to reduce fan noise.
 

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When Intel can deliver drivers that don't crash simply opening a game i might be interested; however until the software side is figured out (something intel hasn't done yet in 20+ years of graphic drivers) I simply can't take this seriously.
I would recommend upgrading your processor to something that officially supports SAM first. My A380 1. games like trash on my h97 and h81 motherboards and 2. won't install Arc Control on either of those. If you tried the A770 on your 2700 you would likely get crashes and poor performance like you are expecting. The lack of rebar issues for Arc are much more severe than lacking SAM capability or rebar with Nvidia.
 
I would recommend upgrading your processor to something that officially supports SAM first. My A380 1. games like trash on my h97 and h81 motherboards and 2. won't install Arc Control on either of those. If you tried the A770 on your 2700 you would likely get crashes and poor performance like you are expecting. The lack of rebar issues for Arc are much more severe than lacking SAM capability or rebar with Nvidia.
Intel has already clarified ARC does work on systems that don't have ReBAR (it's not SAM; that's AMD branding of ReBAR) and what you're facing are just issues of the craptastic state of Intel drivers.

Regards.
 
Same. I have a BOATLOAD of media that I want to convert and rip to AV1, and my i7-6700 non-K feels sloooooowwww, lol.
I just want to toy around with how bad ARC seems to be right now, as I don't have a big library of stuff that I'd like converting or re-encoding to AV1. I'll swap my Vega64 and daily drive the ARC for a while... Well, if I can find it anywhere.

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FINALLY, Intel is back! Or at least, halfway back. It's good seeing them compete in this midrange, and I hope that they flourish into the future.
Indeed it's been a long winding road with Intel having re-entered the dedicated GPU market. For me it was good to see that the ARC in its first official appearance stacked-up relativity well. It was further a delight to see that the ‘naysayers’ where all proven to be wrong and having published many previous articles that the new Intel foray into the dedicated GPU market had actually died. What I liked most about the Intel ARC program is that it is owned by a U.S company with extremely deep pockets. I am most certainly not worried if Intel can keep iterating on the drivers or delivering on the follow-up and additional development of the product. Intel already invested over $1-Billion (CAPEX) into their new dedicated graphics program and will undoubtedly becoming a serious competitor. I now recall PM Churchill of Britain remarking during the stormy island seas of WWII: “It is he who has the biggest checkbook will win the war.” Besides Intel has now one less thing to worry about as well...and that is the eventual invasion of Taiwan by the Chinese communistic government!
 
Indeed it's been a long winding road with Intel having re-entered the dedicated GPU market. For me it was good to see that the ARC in its first official appearance stacked-up relativity well. It was further a delight to see that the ‘naysayers’ where all proven to be wrong and having published many previous articles that the new Intel foray into the dedicated GPU market had actually died. What I liked most about the Intel ARC program is that it is owned by a U.S company with extremely deep pockets. I am most certainly not worried if Intel can keep iterating on the drivers or delivering on the follow-up and additional development of the product. Intel already invested over $1-Billion (CAPEX) into their new dedicated graphics program and will undoubtedly becoming a serious competitor. I now recall PM Churchill of Britain remarking during the stormy island seas of WWII: “It is he who has the biggest checkbook will win the war.” Besides Intel has now one less thing to worry about as well...and that is the eventual invasion of Taiwan by the Chinese communistic government!
Er... ARC is made in TSMC... And they've contracted N6 and N5 for Battlemage and, maybe, Druid. They haven't mentioned using internal fabbing capacity for ARC either.

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Does memory bandwidth have a meaningful effect on encoding performance?
Not that I could tell. The A380 ripped through video encoding quite nicely. When I get a chance, I'll verify that nothing has changed, but the encoder block is fixed function hardware. I know that with Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti and GTX 1650 Super (both using the same 7th Gen NVENC), FFmpeg encoding rates were identical and so was quality (within like 0.5% of each other).
 
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Intel has already clarified ARC does work on systems that don't have ReBAR (it's not SAM; that's AMD branding of ReBAR) and what you're facing are just issues of the craptastic state of Intel drivers.

Regards.
That is what I said in the post you quoted for this.
I don't know why you are disagreeing.
I have a A380 and have tried it on z690,b660,h97, and h81 motherboards. The initial reviews of the A380 also demonstrated this.
 
That is what I said in the post you quoted for this.
I don't know why you are disagreeing.
I have a A380 and have tried it on z690,b660,h97, and h81 motherboards. The initial reviews of the A380 also demonstrated this.
You attributte bad performance and crashes to the lack of support of ReBAR. That is incorrect, factually at least, to the crashes. Bad performance, well, you have a A380, so it didn't have much performance to begin with*, so hard to gauge the deltas in such old hardware.

Regards.
 
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