Wednesday, August 25th 2021

Intel Arc Graphics Cards Set to Feature Official Overclocking Support at Launch

Intel Vice President and General Manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions Roger Chandler has recently announced that the companies upcoming Arc gaming graphics cards will include overclocking support at launch through the official driver UI. This offering may resemble that of AMD's with their Radeon Software that offers various overclocking tools including clock speeds, power settings, and fan curves. Intel has also been working on various other driver improvements in the lead-up to release including enhancing shader compiling and improving throughput. The post also confirmed the implementation of complete DirectX 12 Ultimate compliance which will enable variable-rate shading tier 2 and mesh shading. Intel is expected to release the first Arc gaming graphics cards for desktops and notebooks in Q1 2022.
IntelWe're even integrating overclocking controls into the driver UI to give enthusiasts the tools they need to push the hardware to the limit.
Source: Intel (Medium)
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28 Comments on Intel Arc Graphics Cards Set to Feature Official Overclocking Support at Launch

#1
HD64G
Wow! A first... for Intel maybe...
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#2
maxfly
Not really. They've almost always encouraged ocing their cpus. Theres even a intel cpu ocing tool. There was an article last yearish maybe? About the guy that headed the dept/division that was in charge of implementing ocing features. Of course i have no idea what his name is now.

So yeah, gotta keep up with the Joneses!
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#3
ZoneDymo
only for the K series on a Z motherboard, otherwise its tough titty
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#4
GoldenX
So after killing support after Haswell, we can OC Intel GPUs again?
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#5
watzupken
maxflyNot really. They've almost always encouraged ocing their cpus. Theres even a intel cpu ocing tool. There was an article last yearish maybe? About the guy that headed the dept/division that was in charge of implementing ocing features. Of course i have no idea what his name is now.

So yeah, gotta keep up with the Joneses!
I actually don't feel Intel encourages OC. They have locked OC away by putting it behind some very steep paywall for a K series chip and a Z series chipset. And truth to be told, given how hard they push the flagship series nowadays, there is very little headroom for OC to begin with. You need some extreme cooling, high end motherboard and good silicon lottery to push it harder. While it is also true for their competitor, AMD, when it comes to overclocking headroom, at least AMD generally don't lock OC on their CPUs and they also allow OC on mid range chipsets.

In this case, I feel Intel is trying to portray a gaming friendly experience by allowing OC in their driver just like AMD. But my opinion is, Intel should focus on making their drivers stable/ well optimised before jumping on additional features. In particular OC where it can complicate things by contributing to further stability issues.
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#6
maxfly
watzupkenI actually don't feel Intel encourages OC. They have locked OC away by putting it behind some very steep paywall for a K series chip and a Z series chipset. And truth to be told, given how hard they push the flagship series nowadays, there is very little headroom for OC to begin with. You need some extreme cooling, high end motherboard and good silicon lottery to push it harder. While it is also true for their competitor, AMD, when it comes to overclocking headroom, at least AMD generally don't lock OC on their CPUs and they also allow OC on mid range chipsets.

In this case, I feel Intel is trying to portray a gaming friendly experience by allowing OC in their driver just like AMD. But my opinion is, Intel should focus on making their drivers stable/ well optimised before jumping on additional features. In particular OC where it can complicate things by contributing to further stability issues.
Super Duper
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#8
Wirko
Intel Arc Graphics Cards Set to Feature Official Warranty Voiding Support at Launch
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#10
iO
Ha, wouldn't it be hilarious if Intel also releases locked SKUs, which only allow memory OC or have a maximum clock limit or some sh!te like that.
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#11
Tardian
iOHa, wouldn't it be hilarious if Intel also releases locked SKUs, which only allow memory OC or have a maximum clock limit or some sh!te like that.
Like OEM?
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#12
freeagent
I wouldn't be surprised if their GPU's are savage clockers.
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#13
ThrashZone
Hi,
Bios oc'ing/ adjustments a dirty word now days
Last thing people want/ need is more bloatware along with uefi security holes
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#14
freeagent
ThrashZoneHi,
Bios oc'ing/ adjustments a dirty word now days
For me its the only way to fly :)

Edit:

I do have the software installed, and I have a dark pc now... ahh.
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#15
ThrashZone
freeagentFor me its the only way to fly :)

Edit:

I do have the software installed, and I have a dark pc now... ahh.
Hi,
I mean gpu oc'ing is one thing and yeah I do like and use msi afterburner and all but I do prefer limiting cpu oc settings to bios.

There have been many cases of just asus ai suite being complete junkware and hard to get rid of and now they push armoury crate that isn't any better just more bloatware installed automatically if the bios setting isn't known lol

So Intel now pushing it's bloatware things/ drivers are just getting forced and guess win-10 and 11 will install this stuff automatically too just like the razor crapware lol
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#16
mechtech
If they are using TSMC to make these I would assume few to none on the shelves also?
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#17
maxfly
mechtechIf they are using TSMC to make these I would assume few to none on the shelves also?
If they are any good at mining or gaming, yep. They will be MIA from the git.
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#18
Pinktulips7
HD64GWow! A first... for Intel maybe...
YES OFF COURESE!!! WHERE IS AMD???
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#19
Chrispy_
Cool we can overclock the cards THAT AREN'T RELEASED YET.

Intel's dGPU was supposed to compete with the GTX 1060.

Yes, that five year old graphics card was current when Intel were originally intending to release their dGPU.

RELEASE THE PRODUCT ALREADY. We'll overclock them once we have them, thanks.
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#20
XiGMAKiD
A better teaser news would be "Intel to support open source driver development"
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#21
GoldenX
XiGMAKiDA better teaser news would be "Intel to support open source driver development"
Well, they already do.
Their mesa driver is VERY good. Used to be the best option until Skylake and Gen 9 graphics arrived.
The ANV driver needs a lot of love.
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#22
Tardian
freeagentFor me its the only way to fly :)

Edit:

I do have the software installed, and I have a dark pc now... ahh.
Try MS Flight Simulator. :D
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#23
watzupken
iOHa, wouldn't it be hilarious if Intel also releases locked SKUs, which only allow memory OC or have a maximum clock limit or some sh!te like that.
Truth to be told, I generally find it pointless to overclock CPUs and GPUs nowadays. Most of these are pushed hard in the first place, which means your overclocking headroom is limited. In addition, the gains from overclocking is also somewhat intangible. Take for example my boring adventure trying to overclock a RX 6800 XT, where I managed to bump it to around 2.45 Ghz on air, up by around 200 Mhz from the stock boost clock. And the gains in game is nothing worth mentioning. So instead of gunning for higher clock speed, I end up gunning for a lower power draw by under volting it. At least the gains in power saving is a lot more substantial.
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#24
Tardian
watzupkenTruth to be told, I generally find it pointless to overclock CPUs and GPUs nowadays. Most of these are pushed hard in the first place, which means your overclocking headroom is limited. In addition, the gains from overclocking is also somewhat intangible. Take for example my boring adventure trying to overclock a RX 6800 XT, where I managed to bump it to around 2.45 Ghz on air, up by around 200 Mhz from the stock boost clock. And the gains in game is nothing worth mentioning. So instead of gunning for higher clock speed, I end up gunning for a lower power draw by under volting it. At least the gains in power saving is a lot more substantial.
Undervolting ... I totally agree. My goal is a near-silent PC powerhouse.
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#25
GreiverBlade
so, giving a granted as "OMIDOG! look at that! we gonna give what everyone else do! feel grateful! we are so generous!" well, that's a first ...

probably already mentioned by someone ... will there be K ARC and non K ARC ... :laugh:
personal take : will this be a rental OC capability? ... because i still haven't gone over my 6600K not being able to OC after a few time with a 100/200mhz OC (roughly 18 month :laugh: )

also i hope they will not get cocky with the price and disturb nV and AMD pricing
although the only solution for that would be banning cryptos all together ... or definitely doing something about GPU mining, not the half assed nV method which is just a "look we do something /not really, just kidding we made it easy to be circumvented so we can still profit! fools!/ about crypto" ... but greed prevail
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