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Intel Arc - your honest thought about them?


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Not going to lie, finally there will be a third GPU player. While I am excited to see Arc on stores and they seem well-constructed, drivers are very badly executed. (Though Nvidia and ATI/AMD weren't on a much stable ground when they first make GPUs too.)

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The GPU space needs competition, and Intel one of the few companies more than capable of being a serious contender verses AMD and Nvidia.

The Nvidia side of the GPU market just got a bit of a shake up with EVGA, probably the largest of Nvidia's board partners, announcing they will no longer partner with Nvidia, and are leaving the GPU space all together it would seem, at least for now. EVGA cited many of Nvidia's highly questionable treatment of their board partners and anti-consumer practices, claims supported by most industry insiders and other board partners. 

Now would be a good time for Intel Arc to really push ahead while the rush is on to fill the void left by EVGA on Nvidia's side of the fence.

In an nutshell, I will always support competition in the market. It forces innovation and helps keep prices in check, and both of those things are excellent for the consumer.

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On 9/20/2022 at 9:10 PM, Strider said:

The GPU space needs competition, and Intel one of the few companies more than capable of being a serious contender verses AMD and Nvidia.

The Nvidia side of the GPU market just got a bit of a shake up with EVGA, probably the largest of Nvidia's board partners, announcing they will no longer partner with Nvidia, and are leaving the GPU space all together it would seem, at least for now. EVGA cited many of Nvidia's highly questionable treatment of their board partners and anti-consumer practices, claims supported by most industry insiders and other board partners. 

Now would be a good time for Intel Arc to really push ahead while the rush is on to fill the void left by EVGA on Nvidia's side of the fence.

In an nutshell, I will always support competition in the market. It forces innovation and helps keep prices in check, and both of those things are excellent for the consumer.

I agree. I love Intel's design and I really hope they succeed. However, the drivers are terrible, Intel needn't and shouldn't rushed them. 😔   

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On 9/21/2022 at 12:47 PM, xanthrou said:

I agree. I love Intel's design and I really hope they succeed. However, the drivers are terrible, Intel needn't and shouldn't rushed them. 😔   

Unfortunately, drivers are often slow to "mature", even Nvidia and AMD take a while to get their drivers in order with generational releases, and even  more so with architectural updates. I have a feeling Intel Arc's completely new Xe HPG architecture means it's going to take a while to get good drivers. At least AMD and Nvidia have something to build upon, Intel is doing this from the ground up.

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