Intel ARC: Will High-End Mobile Cards Surpass the RTX 3060?
Given the new benchmarks it would seem that Intel is aiming to be the choice of gamers who still play at the resolution of 1920x1080p, or Full HD.
Intel has shared a new set of benchmarks for its ARC A7 series mobile GPUs, testing seventeen different games at 1080p on the A770M and A730M cards and comparing them to NVIDIA’s Max-Q laptop variants: RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Ti respectively. . These results seem to show that Intel Arc GPUs slightly outperform NVIDIA’s RTX cards, with an average performance increase of around 12% for both ARC cards compared to their counterparts. The A770M beat the RTX 3060 in 14 of the 17 games tested, while the A730M beat the RTX 3050 Ti in 12, but the biggest individual difference was in Control, where the A730M outperformed the 3050 Ti by almost 50%.
However, benchmark data provided by a manufacturer should always be viewed with caution, as Intel obviously wants to spark interest in these new GPUs , and there is still no way for us to verify these results, since ARC A7 GPUs are currently only available in a small number of laptops sold in China. The ARC laptops tested by Intel are pre-production models, while the NVIDIA laptops are existing units from MSI and Asus.
While Intel may seem at a small performance advantage, it should be noted that Nvidia’s Max-Q cards are still the most energy-efficient option, furthermore Intel hasn’t provided exact operational TGPs for the ARC cards, but we know that the ARC A730M runs at least 20W more than the 3050 Ti Max-Q and the A770M we tested could use up to 65W more than the 3060 Max-Q.
The preproduction laptops used for the ARC testing were both equipped with the latest 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processors and DDR5 RAM , while the RTX 3060 and 3050 Ti gaming laptops both used less powerful 11th generation chips and DDR4 memory.
- Intel’s high-end mobile Arc GPU outperforms Nvidia RTX 3060 in new benchmarks (TechRadar)