A staggered approach will see its cards released first in China
Intel has provided more details on the launch roadmap for its long-awaited discrete Arc GPUs in a new blog post. The company plans to use a tiered approach, which will prioritize system builders and OEMs in China for its desktop graphics cards. Meanwhile, its laptop chips are currently exclusive to Samsung laptops in South Korea, but the hope is to expand to other manufacturers and markets soon.
Intel says it's working with other laptop makers like Lenovo, Acer, HP, and Asus to release their laptops with their entry-level Arc 3 GPUs "as soon as possible." Laptops with the more powerful Arc 5 and Arc 7 GPUs are scheduled for "early summer." The company says it expected availability to be "wider" at this point, but blamed software development and supply chain issues for the delay.
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GETTING STARTED IN CHINA WITH ITS LESS POWERFUL GPUS
On the desktop side, Intel is sticking to Q2 as the approximate release window. It says its first desktop GPUs will be its entry-level A3, initially available to Chinese system builders and OEMs (so not available as a standard component to put in a home-built machine) before expanding into everyone and for himself. -builders. "Later this summer," Intel plans to release its more powerful Arc A5 and A7 desktop boards, again starting with professional system builders before expanding.
It's a much more nuanced roadmap than what the company announced in February when it simply said GPUs would come to laptops in Q1, desktops in Q2, and workstations in Q3. But Intel gives some reasons for this staggered approach. First, when starting with system builders, you can focus on making your GPUs work with a host of other components, rather than anything a home builder might offer you. And second, the Chinese market apparently has "strong demand" for these types of entry-level GPUs, and is physically closer to the factories that make the card components at a time when shipping costs are rising. they have fired
Reasoning aside, the bottom line is that home PC makers in the US and EU are unlikely to get their hands on Intel's new desktop graphics cards until at least the end of summer. With Nvidia set to release a new 4000 series of graphics cards later this year, that could mean Intel's fledgling GPUs will face stiff competition from a very established player at launch.