Tuesday, August 17th 2021

Intel Teases Arc Graphics Card Dual-Fan Cooler Design

Intel has recently released a promotional video teasing the dual-fan cooler design of their upcoming Arc gaming graphics card with 1000 drones. The company used 1000 drones fitted with lighting to create various shapes including a dual-fan desktop graphics card which has a strong resemblance to the previously leaked design for a DG2-512EU engineering sample. The two images also both include 9 blades on the fans giving further authority to the previous rumor. The first Intel Arc "Alchemist" products will begin shipping in Q1 2022 with the flagship desktop graphics card rumored to feature 512 Execution Units paired with 16 GB GDDR6 memory targeting RTX 3070 Ti performance. Intel is also preparing a NVIDIA DLSS/AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution competitor codenamed XeSS and will include hardware-accelerated raytracing support with the Arc lineup.
Source: @IntelGraphics
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27 Comments on Intel Teases Arc Graphics Card Dual-Fan Cooler Design

#1
outpt
Do I need to start standing in line now?!
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#2
GoldenX
"XeSS is the closest to action you will get."
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#3
Tsukiyomi91
assuming the drivers work and not like a hot mess, then they can compete.
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#4
TumbleGeorge
So ugly plastic like made in prehistoric times from dinosaur $hits.
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#5
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Looks like a colorful/kfa/galax cooler... ugaf
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#6
Fouquin
eidairaman1Looks like a colorful/kfa/galax cooler... ugaf
Ding ding ding ding! First thing I thought of when it was originally 'leaked'. Not quite the same but it's got that same vibe.

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#7
Verpal
TumbleGeorgeSo ugly plastic like made in prehistoric times from dinosaur $hits.
As long as Intel GPU comes in at reasonable price I don't mind if they are covered in actual human feces and require extensive user cleaning.
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#8
Tsukiyomi91
the cooler design isn't even the final design or even ready for production. Jeezus. Also, I think some of y'all have forgotten on how y'all responded to the GTX10 Series, RTX 20 and 30 Series leaked cooler design and said it was also ugly. Y'all don't remember saying those already?

@Verpal I think too many people are taking things at face value instead of actually judging the product for its worth.
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#9
DeathtoGnomes
eidairaman1Looks like a colorful/kfa/galax cooler... ugaf
I was gonna say, leftover coolers from AMD?
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#10
Vayra86
Tsukiyomi91the cooler design isn't even the final design or even ready for production. Jeezus. Also, I think some of y'all have forgotten on how y'all responded to the GTX10 Series, RTX 20 and 30 Series leaked cooler design and said it was also ugly. Y'all don't remember saying those already?

@Verpal I think too many people are taking things at face value instead of actually judging the product for its worth.
There is nothing to judge for worth, that is precisely the problem and the whole reason to be skeptical.

Or just make fun of Intel who's been on that train for years now. You know. Have some fun while it lasts, once they release something good, that option becomes too silly :)
But let's summarize what we've really got now then so you can understand that madness...

- We saw DG versions of Xe on extremely large dies and even 4P was marketed as something fantastic. Rather than focusing on efficiency, the focus there is 'go bigger to kill all the things'. Not exactly the most encouraging thought if you consider the train AMD was on not too long ago with very, very large chips. Once they shrunk they got competitive. Striking facts: not once was any DG performance compared against any exisiting product, only some random numbers here and there.

- We saw power figures around - and north of - 300W.

- We saw lackluster gaming images that speak of RT where none is enabled in the images we get, running at 30 FPS supposedly captured on a GPU somewhere in a lab.

- We saw the branding. Oh we saw so much branding. And Raja's beard.

- We're getting the saddest 'Tuber on the planet to produce some images of a cooler design with piano plastic. That was hot... in 2001.

I mean, come on. Not a word on supposed release date, slots, tiering of GPUs or even product line to begin with, no performance figures, zip, nada. Next thing you know they've hired the old Iraqi minister of Foreign Affairs, you know, this guy, to come across as more credible...



So yeah, all is fine, now put something on shelves :)
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#11
ZoneDymo
strong resemblance...its literally just about the most generic "this is a gpu" shape you can make....
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#12
Bomby569
That's just an engineering sample people, just needs some shit to try it on top of the card, that will not look anything like the finished product. But would still be better then the stupid blower car design
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#13
spnidel
who fucking cares how it looks, nobody buys GPUs to look at them while they're playing games
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#14
Chrispy_
We haven't ever seen the last five "teases" because Intel completely failed to release those products to the public.

I'm getting real tired of all the Intel dGPU marketing and press release shit. LAUNCH THE DAMN PRODUCT ALREADY.
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#15
maxfly
Typically typical, twin fan, glob-o-plastic air moving fun.
Q1 22, yay! lets hurry up and wait another 5 or 6 months...yawn. chugga chugga, chugga chugga toot toot!
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#16
watzupken
Another AI upscaling instead of consolidating this technology is a sad move. Going forward, I can imagine some games support DLSS, some XeSS and an in-between FSR. If FSR gets smarter, i.e. using AI to upscale, in future edition, then we have 3 split technology.
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#17
spnidel
watzupkenAnother AI upscaling instead of consolidating this technology is a sad move. Going forward, I can imagine some games support DLSS, some XeSS and an in-between FSR. If FSR gets smarter, i.e. using AI to upscale, in future edition, then we have 3 split technology.
and then microsoft comes in and standardizes the tech into one common solution again
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#18
Operandi
Intel marketing is the worst. Literally the worst, they are completely clueless and spending millions to let everyone know how clueless they really are.

Drone light shows isn't helping, if they are going to talk about this at all they should show us something real since there are all kinds of leaks out there of crappy looking prototypes. They don't have to go into detail but show a real card running something, tease out the physical design, and go over some high-level specs.
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#19
Cheese_On_tsaot
I am really digging Intel right now, new competition is awesome.
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#20
Vayra86
Bomby569That's just an engineering sample people, just needs some shit to try it on top of the card, that will not look anything like the finished product. But would still be better then the stupid blower car design
We're way past blowers for anything midrange and up. Unless there's a delta fan in there somehow. Nvidia was the first, AMD followed suit. Blowers were always noisy already and throttled the last few generations where they did appear. Realistically they were never really up to the task. Yes, you can make the GPU not catch fire. But don't ask how :D
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#21
Chrispy_
Vayra86We're way past blowers for anything midrange and up. Unless there's a delta fan in there somehow. Nvidia was the first, AMD followed suit. Blowers were always noisy already and throttled the last few generations where they did appear. Realistically they were never really up to the task. Yes, you can make the GPU not catch fire. But don't ask how :D
I like blowers. Sometimes you don't want that waste heat going back into the case.

The reason blowers get a bad rap is because it's not a fair comparison; For some reason blowers stopped at 10.5" cards that were strictly dual-slot and height-restricted to the same dimensions as the expansion slot. Meanwhile most of the power-hungry Ampere cards are 13" long, triple-slot and utterly dwarf the expansion slot with no chance of ever fitting in a case that adheres closely to the ATX specifications. They occupy more than 250% the volume of a "regular", in-spec card.

Yes, blowers are rubbish compared to those behemoth 1.9Kg cards that sag like hell and threaten to rip non-reinforced PCIe slots out of the motherboard - but so are 10" dual-slot, standard-height open-cooler cards. If someone made a decent, oversized blower it could be just as good as these huge open coolers and with the massively useful benefit of directly exhausting all hot air away outside the case.
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#22
Vayra86
Chrispy_I like blowers. Sometimes you don't want that waste heat going back into the case.

The reason blowers get a bad rap is because it's not a fair comparison; For some reason blowers stopped at 10.5" cards that were strictly dual-slot and height-restricted to the same dimensions as the expansion slot. Meanwhile most of the power-hungry Ampere cards are 13" long, triple-slot and utterly dwarf the expansion slot with no chance of ever fitting in a case that adheres closely to the ATX specifications. They occupy more than 250% the volume of a "regular", in-spec card.

Yes, blowers are rubbish compared to those behemoth 1.9Kg cards that sag like hell and threaten to rip non-reinforced PCIe slots out of the motherboard - but so are 10" dual-slot, standard-height open-cooler cards. If someone made a decent, oversized blower it could be just as good as these huge open coolers and with the massively useful benefit of directly exhausting all hot air away outside the case.
Blowers do have their purpose, obviously. It's just that graphics cards have gone pretty hot and lose quite a bit of performance when they do. Its no longer a half dozen boost bins of 13mhz like in the Kepler days. You can lose north of 200mhz easily. So at some point a blower kind of becomes a self-defeating exercise, even if they sized it up, its not quite as efficient at the same noise level. You'd be better off just getting a smaller or lower TDP GPU in there that can stretch its legs.
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#23
maxfly
Vayra86Blowers do have their purpose, obviously. It's just that graphics cards have gone pretty hot and lose quite a bit of performance when they do. Its no longer a half dozen boost bins of 13mhz like in the Kepler days. You can lose north of 200mhz easily. So at some point a blower kind of becomes a self-defeating exercise, even if they sized it up, its not quite as efficient at the same noise level. You'd be better off just getting a smaller or lower TDP GPU in there that can stretch its legs.
The problem with blowers is no one ever took advantage of the obvious. Case flow! You've almost always got a 120 or 140 blowing right at it. So take advantage of the airflow with by creating a simple flexible plastic duct going from the 120 to the gpu and bam 10-20c temp drop.
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#24
GhostRyder
If its aimed at a 3070ti, that cooler is not my favorite just based on the way it looks.

Ill judge it when I see it however.
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