Intel’s Arc GPU still on the right track when it comes to next generation services, Battlemage and Celestial, plus GPU Alchemist just got a major update that ensures they work much faster with some Best PC games.
Raja Koduri provides updates on several topics in an interview conducted by Utility 360 (opens in a new tab) (G360), in which Intel’s graphics specialist gave us firm confirmation that the chip giant is still keeping its intended future roadmap for the GPU. Specifically launching Battlemage in 2023and Celestial in 2024 (though third-generation cards could slide to 2025).
G360 asked: “Are you going to stick to the roadmap for Battlemage and Celestial?”
Koduri replied, “Yes, definitely.”
G360 also questioned Koduri about the optimization for the “top 100 games” which are still DX9 and DX11, older titles are an area where the Arc graphics driver has been below average and the director Intel executives noted that in this respect: “I think you should see a big update before Christmas.
And indeed just a few days after this interview took place, Intel released a new driver update containing those promised improvements – and they really are a leap in performance.
With Arc driver version 126.96.36.19959, we are talking about major improvements to League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (the popular games on DX9) as well as games like DOTA 2 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX11). For instance, Counter-Strike has gone up 77% at 1080p, which is pretty unbelievable, and League of Legends still has a very significant 37% increase (compared to the Arc driver back in October).
Analysis: Promising GPU path ahead?
Regarding the roadmap, it’s good to hear Koduri sounds very positive about the upcoming Battlemage and Celestial graphics card – his answer is uncertain, although he will not be invited to confirm Battlemage for next year. Of course, with the launch of Alchemist — and to be fair, any hardware launch schedule in general — it would be foolish to start making any concrete promises at this stage.
The other good news here is that when Battlemage arrives, we can expect a huge leap in performance not only from the generational benefit brought by the new hardware, but also from the Arc drivers being honed. continuous.
This latest driver is still in beta – which means it’s only for testing right now and can be a bit tricky – but a release version is sure to be out soon, offering performance improvements. Huge performance with some games is Intel’s real weakness. This comes after a series of driver updates that have provided a host of improvements, such as profit up to 20% during a month with the flagship A770 GPU.
If that kind of progress continues – and works to fix glitches and ensure better overall compatibility across a wide range of games, as well as enhanced frame rates – then Intel will be in a bad state. much better to challenge Nvidia and AMD. There is a definite opportunity in the lower end of the market, with the king of the GPU hill Nvidia constantly looks to the budget arena.
Intel already has about 4% to 5% market share We’ve been hearing about the discrete GPU world lately, and that could double if Battlemage pulls off some increasingly powerful frame rate boosting magic. Furthermore, if the next-generation RDNA 3 products also grow strongly and strengthen AMD’s market share, then Nvidia’s 70% to 90% position in the computer graphics card space can be maintained. The table can also be broken eventually.
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