Intel’s first Arc Alchemist graphics cards will be officially unveiled in just a few days on March 30th, and will soon be followed by the launch of the first batch of gaming laptops with these GPUs.
We had already found out about the press event on March 30th, although we now know the exact time – 8am PST (that’s 3pm GMT) – and a new teaser tweet (showing video of a closed laptop to indicate that this will be the case for laptop graphics cards) was accompanied by an interesting response from the Intel support account on Twitter.
Yes! We are about to launch our brand new Intel Arc graphics solution. The OEM devices with Arc GPUs will be launched later this month. You can get a first look at our discrete graphics cards for laptops on March 30th at 8:00am PST via https://t.co/rKmNtFEPYFMarch 26, 2022
As you can see, that latter tweet clarifies that this launch is for the first Arc graphics cards and that “OEM units with Arc GPUs will be launching by the end of this month” (meaning laptops, of course).
So it looks like we’ll be getting our first look at Alchemist cards on March 30th, when multiple notebooks with those GPUs launch at the same time or the day after.
Analysis: Arc is finally taking off – but when will we see the big guns?
As VideoCardz, which spotted the tweet, points out, there are several leaks of laptops expected to sport the first Arc GPUs, and these include the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Acer Swift X, via retailer listings were spotted skipping the gun.
The revealed Alchemist graphics cards are expected to be the lower-end laptop models (probably two of them). More powerful gaming laptop GPUs will be in the pipeline, and Intel’s desktop graphics cards, slated for launch in Q2, will also come later. As some of the more cynical comments online are pointing out, perhaps the date you should mark in your journal is the penultimate day of June.
Jokes aside, the release date for desktop Alchemist GPUs is likely still a long way off — like in at least a few months, or so we heard from the rumor mill recently. Speculation points to a May or June launch, and that makes sense given the delays we’ve seen from Team Blue so far.
As we’ve said before, we think it’s reasonable for Intel to take its time and get these cards (and graphics drivers) right rather than risk making a bad first impression when they go on sale; a perception that can hover over the arc area for some time afterwards, even after all missteps have been corrected.