There might be more Intel Arc GPUs coming to gaming PCs than expected

Intel Arc GPU render on blue backdrop

Intel’s gearing up for the release of its Arc Xe GPUs, and its foray into gaming PC graphics could be enough to make Nvidia and AMD sweat. Yet, while rumours suggest that the blue team’s offerings include a graphics card that rivals the RTX 3070, a driver update suggests that there could be as many as 32 different DG2 SKUs.

Spotted by LaptopVideo2Go forum user Andi_84, the driver features 32 new GPU DG2 IDs, around six times more than the DG1 did at launch. Scheduled to release tomorrow alongside Intel’s shiny new Alder Lake series of gaming CPUs, the update also includes support for integrated Xe-LP graphics, as well as Alder Lake-P high-end and Alder Lake-M/N low-powered mobile graphics.

Naturally, the driver’s newly acquired ID set hints that the new Intel lineup will feature more models than before. However, it’s not clear whether two separate drivers will be used for desktop and mobile variants, meaning there could be less individual SKUs than the software update suggests.

It’s worth noting that while Intel is expected to announce its Arc laptop GPU lineup early next year, rumours suggest its desktop graphics card equivalent might not show up until later on in 2022. Also, while it looks like the blue team is ready for the arrival of Arc Alchemist in terms of software, ongoing component supply shortages could lead to further delays.

Intel Arc Alchemist logo

While Intel’s desktop range could be late to the party, its laptop lineup might still beat Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series refresh to market. That said, there’s evidence to suggest that the green team is already preparing to counter the Arc Alchemist chip with a new RTX 3070 Ti mobile variant, so the big blue could have a fight on its hands when it eventually enters the graphics card fold.

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