Intel Offers New Details for Arc Alchemist Discrete GPU
Intel teased a few more details about its first Arc discrete GPU for gaming and content creation PCs, code-named Alchemist, that is due out in the first quarter of 2022. The chipmaker said the “flagship configuration” of Alchemist will feature 32 Xe cores, with each core consisting of 16 Vector Engines and 16 Matrix engines, bringing the GPU to a total of 512 execution units. In addition, the GPU will feature hardware support for ray tracing, mesh shading, variable rate shading and dedicated matrix engines called XMX for AI acceleration, the latter of which will enable XeSS, Intel’s answer to Nvidia’s DLSS super-sampling technology. The company also confirmed that Alchemist will support Deep Link technology, which allows applications to take advantage of the discrete GPU and the CPU’s integrated graphics at the same time for better performance. The first advertised capability for Deep Link in Alchemist is Hyper Encode, which will speed up the process of transcoding a single video file.