This week, Intel surprised PC gamers by setting the price of its best GPU, the Arc A770, at $329, the same as Nvidia’s RTX 3060. Even though it’s still hard to find an RTX 3060 for $329, Intel is now undercutting Nvidia’s popular GPU by making the starting price of its A750 $289. Intel says this card should be able to compete with the RTX 3060.
We’re still waiting for independent reviews of the Arc A750, but Intel released 48 benchmarks last month that show it should be able to beat or come close to the performance of Nvidia’s RTX 3060 in modern games. The A750 was put up against the RTX 3060 in 42 DirectX 12 games and six Vulkan games, and the results look good.
Intel’s Arc GPUs are clearly aimed at budget PC gamers and people who want to get the most performance for their money. It will be interesting to see if the company can actually ship its cards at their suggested retail prices. The RTX 3060 from Nvidia is supposed to start at $329, but it’s still hard to find one at that price. At the moment, Amazon is selling an MSI RTX 3060 for $399 and a Zotac RTX 3060 for around $379, but nothing close to $329. At Newegg, the only cards with prices close to $329 are ones that have been refurbished or are open boxes.
On October 12, the first A750 and A770 cards from Intel will start to ship. What you can expect:
- A750 starting at $289
- A770 (8GB) costs $329 and up
- Starts at $349 for the A770 Limited Edition (16GB)
But it’s still not clear who, besides Intel, will make these latest Arc GPUs besides Intel itself. Intel’s website has a long list of partners, but most of them are OEMs. Only Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI make GPUs, but all three of those companies also make laptops. Intel has its own Limited Edition Arc models, but the company hasn’t announced any third-party board partners yet.
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At $349 for a 16GB Arc A770 that might be better than an RTX 3060, Intel might run out of cards if they’re as limited as Nvidia’s Founders Edition models are. In a press briefing, Intel fellow Tom Petersen says, “We don’t know if we’re going to have a supply problem or a demand problem.” “I hope we’ll have trouble meeting demand because then they’ll probably go fast.”
— PC Builder (@PCBuilderJason) September 29, 2022
Now that Intel’s Arc GPUs have prices and release dates, the only thing left to do is see if Intel can really match or beat Nvidia’s RTX 3060 at a cheaper price. The Verge will soon have more to say about this.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.