Monday, August 16th 2021
It's been a crazy day for PC graphics, with Intel announcing its big entry into the gaming graphics space with the new Intel Arc brand of graphics processors, arriving in Q1-2022. The first of these, codenamed "Alchemist," has been known as the "DG2" for some time now. Intel revealed that not only is this a high-performance product, but also meets DirectX 12 Ultimate requirements, including real-time raytracing. The company is also working on an AI-accelerated supersampling feature rivaling NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FSR. Later in the day, Intel Graphics put out a delectable video of AAA gameplay as rendered on an Intel Arc graphics processor, and it looks nice! We're shown titles like "Metro Exodus," "Rift Breaker," "Crysis Remastered," and "Forza Horizon 4," rendered at 1440p, with eye-candy rivaling any contemporary performance-segment GPU from NVIDIA or AMD.