Gigabyte has quietly began to ship its Intel Arc graphics playing cards. Initially, GIgabyte will provide custom-designed Arc A310 and Arc A380 fashions for entry-level programs, although the producer might ultimately produce extra superior Arc A700-series merchandise. The Intel Arc A380 and A770 16GB at present rank among the many greatest graphics playing cards, based mostly largely on their worth to efficiency ratio and video options — it’s also possible to see how they stack up in our GPU benchmarks hierarchy. For now, Gigabyte’s Arc graphics playing cards seem to solely be out there in Russia and Kazakhstan.
Gigabyte at present has three graphics boards in its Intel Arc fleet: the Arc A310 WindForce 4GB with a dual-fan cooling system that may match into compact PCs, the Arc A380 WindForce 6GB with the identical dual-fan cooler, and the factory-overclocked Arc A380 Gaming OC 6GB with as much as 2.45 GHz clocks and an enormous triple-fan cooler that resembles these used on high-end graphics playing cards. Each Arc A380 boards characteristic a further six-pin auxiliary PCIe energy connector, probably permitting overclocks past their authentic clocks.
Gigabyte’s Arc graphics playing cards value between $141 and $193 with out gross sales tax, relying on the mannequin, which is kind of according to costs for Intel’s Arc A380 within the USA (opens in new tab).
These three boards aren’t listed at Gigabyte’s official web site but, however they’re stocked in shops like Citilink, DNS, Rino, and quite a few others in Russia and Kazakhstan. It is fairly shocking that Gigabyte solely sells its Intel Arc graphics boards in Russia and Kazakhstan, as these are comparatively small however aggressive markets.
Maybe the corporate is ready to roll-out Arc A750 and Arc A770 choices earlier than addressing extra demanding markets. If Gigabyte is certainly critical about utilizing Intel’s Arc GPUs, it ought to begin promoting Arc A750 and Arc A770 within the U.S. as at present such boards are solely out there from Intel, ASRock, and Acer right here, so one other provider might discover itself in an excellent place.
It is also potential that Gigabyte would not need to upset its present relationship with AMD and Nvidia to make sure it has sufficient GPU allocation from them. There’s additionally a query of how a lot demand there may be for Intel’s Arc merchandise and the margins on these playing cards.
In any case, now that Gigabyte’s delivery Intel Arc add-in-boards, the corporate formally turns into the one firm to supply options from all three of the massive GPU firms. That is an enormous deal, for Gigabyte in addition to Intel Arc.