Intel Arc Alchemist A370M GPU Gaming Benchmarks Show Competitive Performance Against NVIDIA RTX 3050

Two months after launch, the first Intel Arc Alchemist A370M GPU benchmarks have been published by computer world† The A370M is an entry-level GPU within the Arc A series and is designed for budget laptops to compete with the entry-level GPU offerings from NVIDIA and AMD.

Intel Arc A370M Alchemist GPU Gets First Gaming Benchmarks, Shows Competitive Performance vs. the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050

Positioned within the entry-level discrete GPU segment, the Intel Arc A370M is based on the ACM-G11 SKU, the smaller of the two Arc Alchemist SKUs. It uses the full ACM-G11 GPU configuration with 8 Xe Cores (1024 ALUs), 8 ray tracing units, 1550 MHz graphics clock, 4 GB 64-bit GDDR6 memory and a TDP range of 35-50 W. This chip would be the GeForce RTX 3050 series and Radeon Tackling RX 6500 Series.

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PCWorld’s Matt Smith managed to get hold of a reference laptop based on MSI’s Summit E16 Flip Evo design and managed to run some benchmarks. The laptop was only available for testing at Intel’s Jones Farm campus in Portland, Oregon. This once again confirms the limited Arc availability within regions except Asia. Intel’s Arc A350M laptops will ship to customers, but only in select Korean and Asian markets and only in Samsung/Lenovo designs. The rest of the laptop manufacturers have yet to introduce their Arc-powered portfolio. Some have cited drivers as the main cause of slowdown, while others have cited low GPU counts.

So in the benchmarks, Intel allowed only four benchmarks in their controller testing environment, including a single synthetic and three AAA titles. First, we have the Time Spy result from 3DMark, where the Intel Arc A370M GPU scored 4405 points in the graphics tests. The comparable GeForce RTX 3050 scores 4396 points, which means that the A370M does indeed offer faster performance (in synthetic workloads). This is already a major performance improvement over the first results which showed a score of only 3196 points in the same test. Those tests were done with DTT enabled, which causes major performance losses, such as: demonstrated by Korean PC testers.

Intel Arc A370M Discrete GPU benchmarked within 3DMark Time Spy synthetic workload. (Image Credit: PCWorld)

Intel Arc A370M Discrete GPU Test Suit (Courtesy: PCWorld):

  • 3DMark Time Spy: Time Spy standard demo at default settings.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: DX12 1080p Highest settings, Ray Tracing off, TAA on.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker: 1080p at the highest (desktop) settings.
  • Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition: 1080p at high benchmark settings.
  • Topaz Video Enhance AI: An 8-second 1080p .MOV file is upscaled to 4K using the Artemis Medium Quality AI model.

Moving on to games, we first have the Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker benchmark where the Intel Arc A370M is slightly slower than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 at 1080p High. Performance turns to Intel’s side in the Shadow of The Tomb Raider benchmark at 1080p Highest with the blue team leading at 9 FPS over the NVIDIA RTX 3050. Finally, in Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, the blue team losing at 3 FPS at 1080p High, but neither of the two GPUs is capable of producing a playable frame rate above 30 FPS. One thing to note is that none of these benchmarks take advantage of the DLSS or XeSS capabilities the new GPUs have to offer and even hardware ray tracing has not been used as the ‘Normal’ ray tracing preset only allows for hybrid reflections and does not make full use of ray tracing. reflections.

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Intel Arc A370M gaming benchmarks (Image Credits: PCWorld):

So overall you’re looking at 2% better performance for the NVIDIA RTX 3050 over the Intel Arc A370M GPU. This is definitely decent performance as this is exactly the level of graphics performance Intel is aiming for with this entry-level discrete GPU. The Arc A350M GPU is positioned against the RTX 2050, which is also based on the Ampere GPU, while the A370M is positioned against the RTX 3050. Content creation is also a strong point for Intel, where the GPU scored 38% better performance thanks to the DeepLink capabilities that allow the discrete GPU to use the integrated Iris GPU on the CPU for faster performance.

Intel Arc A370M Discrete GPU benchmarked within Topaz AI creation workloads. (Image Credit: PCWorld)

Intel Arc A370M GPU Performance (PCWorld)

Benchmark Intel Arc A370M (MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED) Intel Iris Xe (MSI Summit E14 Flip) A370M vs 3050 A370M vs Iris Xe
3DMark Time Spy (Graphics Test) 4405 4396 1832 +0% +140%
Final Fantasy XIV (1080p high) 7196 7639 4674 -6% +54%
Shadow of The Tomb Raider (1080p highest) 59 50 21 +18% +181%
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (1080p high) 19 22 N/A -14% N/A
Topaz Video Improve AI 134 187 486 +40% +163%

Given these performance figures, we can certainly expect similar performance to the NVIDIA RTX 3050, but these are just three games. One thing is certain, however, that the 3050 is a faster GPU than the AMD RX 6500M, one that the red team claimed has much better gaming performance than the ARC A370M.

It seems AMD called it a win comparing a premature Intel discrete GPU and the final performance could end up being better for the blue team if they tune their drivers properly. The problem right now is that most vendors will ship Arc-powered laptops, even with the Alchemist A350M and A370M GPUs, in Q3 2022 confirming recent reports of a major delay

Intel Arc A-Series Mobility GPU Arrangement:

Graphics card variant GPU variant GPU die Execution Units Shadow units (cores) Memory capacity Memory Speed Memory bus TGP
Bow A770M Xe-HPG 512EU Bow ACM-G10 512 EUs 4096 16GBGDDR6 16 Gbps 256-bit 120-150W
Bow A730M Xe-HPG 384EU Bow ACM-G10 384 EUs 3072 12GBGDDR6 14 Gbps 192-bit 80-120W
Bow A550M Xe-HPG 256EU Bow ACM-G10 256 EUs 2048 8GBGDDR6 14 Gbps 128 bit 60-80W
Bow A370M Xe-HPG 128EU Bow ACM-G11 128 EUs 1024 4GBGDDR6 14 Gbps 64 bit 35-50W
Bow A350M Xe-HPG 96EU Bow ACM-G11 96 EUs 768 4GBGDDR6 14 Gbps 64 bit 25-35W

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