Intel’s Arc A380 graphics card is set to launch in the US at $129-$139, but it won’t be the company’s cheapest discrete offering as it features a miniature board single-slot low-profile A300 series that will likely cost around $100 and will be targeted at low-cost, small-form-factor desktops.
Alexey ‘Unwinder’ Nikolaychuk, the developer behind MSI’s Afterburner (and RivaTuner before it), posted an image of an as-yet-unannounced low-profile Intel Arc A300 graphics card with a dual-fan cooler, which Ilya Korneychuk reposted from PRO Hi-Tech (opens in a new tab). The cooling system was 3D printed, Nikolaychuk told VideoCardz (opens in a new tab), so this is not a commercial product. Meanwhile, this could be a design for a super-cheap Intel Arc A300 graphics card aimed at channel partners and PC makers.
Intel’s Arc A380 is a relatively compact entry-level gaming graphics card powered by the company’s ACM-G11 GPU with eight Xe cores (1,024 stream processors) and 6GB of GDDR6 memory connected to the GPU using a 96-bit interface. However, since they are aimed at gamers, they sometimes have increased clocks and power consumption, which is why they require an auxiliary 8-pin PCIe power connector. Meanwhile, in many cases, inexpensive PCs from major OEMs don’t have PCIe power connectors. Moreover, some cannot even accommodate a full profile graphics card as they come in a compact chassis. So Intel needs something smaller and more power efficient to address such systems as its Arc A380.
Intel is preparing (or at least testing) a single-slot, low-profile Arc A310 or Arc 320 miniature card that can fit into any PC with a spare PCIe x16 slot and requires no external power supply. To a large extent, it is a rival for AMD’s Radeon RX 6400 or Radeon Pro 6400 which is both small and low power. Meanwhile, unlike AMD’s Navi 24, Intel’s ACM-G11 has world-class media processing capabilities (hardware decoding/encoding of 4K H.264/H.265/AV1 streams) and four display pipelines.
We can only wonder what exact ACM-G11 configuration Intel wants to use with its miniature Arc A300 series graphics card, but we think we’re talking about a scaled-down version of the GPU here. Given that even the full-fledged Arc A380 graphics card will cost around $130, expect the scaled-down version of the miniature form factor to cost around $100 or even less.
We don’t know if these little cards will make it to retail, but if they do, they’ll be good options for home theater PCs (HTPCs) and cards quite capable of upgrading OEM systems. cheap.