Early Intel gaming GPU benchmark places doubt on RTX 3070 comparisons

Intel's upcoming graphics card contender could struggle to keep up with Nvidia and AMD

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Intel’s gearing up to enter the gaming GPU fold with a range of new Xe HPG based cards, the first of which is codenamed Alchemist. While the first round of rumours initially suggested that the newcomer could rival AMD and Nvidia with specs that could go ‘head to head’ against an RTX 3070, Tum_Apisak spotted early benchmarks (via TechSpot) that show the upcoming graphics card is more likely to make a GTX card sweat rather than an RTX model.

In the Geekbench test, the chipset generated an OpenCL score of 34,816, which pretty much places it in the same ballpark as the 2019 Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q – an entry graphics card from 2019. It’s needless to say that this is lacklustre by today’s standards, especially since the card was previously hyped as a potential gaming PC frontrunner.

It’s worth mentioning that the Intel card’s leaked test bench scores are likely based on an early engineering sample. Even still, if the silicon valley titan is serious about taking on AMD and Nvidia, it’ll have to up its game before Alchemist’s planned 2022 release.

Before you get too disheartened, this specific bench test isn’t necessarily a direct insight into Intel’s plans. In fact, the company suggests that Alchemist will be 1.5 times more powerful than its recent Iris DG1 card. Essentially, this means that rather than running at 1,800MHz, the eventual GPU could feature clock speeds exceeding 2GHz.

Intel ARC High Performance logo and text font on blue rendered backgroundUltimately, we’ll have to wait for Intel’s Alchemist GPU to release before knowing whether it’s a true graphics card contender. While the chip’s early benchmark figures probably quash some expectations regarding performance, the card could still appeal to consumers. After all, graphics card availability is something of a sore spot at the moment. So, providing that Intel manages to stock a mid-range device without a hitch, its plans to shake up the GPU space could still go to plan.