Intel Arc A380 is plagued with software flaws, poor frame rates and often unplayable


Early media reviews of Intel’s Arc A380 reveal it to be a shipwreck. Intel never seeded a sample, but just made the product available in China, some websites got their hands on a product. And they are not happy.

We’ll be going through Germany-based ComputerBase GPU up against AMD‘s RX 6400 and NVIDIA’s GTX 1650. The pilot is also a “construction site”, notes the reviewer. Graphical difficulties require multiple restarts.

Playing with the Intel Arc A380, even with the latest driver it’s like living in the middle of a minefield – watch out, playing drunk. There is no other way to describe the working days spent with the Arc A380. You don’t even know where to start. In its current state, it is totally incomprehensible that a large, reputable company like Intel could sell such a product to just one customer.

Additionally, the Arc A380 likes to struggle with stuttering in games which, for example, renders Fortnite unplayable despite sufficient FPS. There are a few other titles that suffer from the issue, The Witcher 3, for example, doesn’t run well either. However, frame rate is generally still a decent job in everyday life with the Intel Arc A380, many games have minor to major issues.

—Wolfgang Andermahr, ComputerBase

As it seems the product is a mess…depends on rBAR; in addition to this, Arc 380 drivers do not support ReBar on AMD’s Ryzen processors; the feature only works with this technology on Intel’s own processors. Second, it offers bad frame time stutters combined with low performance and high power consumption. Outside of China, Intel Arc A380 graphics cards are not currently available for purchase. The Arc Alchemist architecture will not be accessible to DIY customers in other locations, according to the company. Below are some screenshots with the results courtesy of the Computer Base, along with a frametime plot from Golem where you can play the content.

Geforce GTX 1650 Bow A380 RX-6400
chip TU117 (partially activated) ACM-G11 (full extension) Navi 24 (partially activated)
production TSMC 12FF (DUV) TSMC N6 (EUV) TSMC N6 (EUV)
transistors/area 4.7 billion @ 200 mm² 7.2 billion @ 157 mm² 5.4 billion @ 107 mm²
shaders 896 (14 SMS) 1024 (8 XeC) 768 (12 UA)
TMU 56 64 48
Radius units Nope 8th 12
GPU Clock 1485/1665MHz 2000MHz 2039/2321MHz
Video memory 4 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR6 4 GB GDDR6
interface 128 bit at 8 Gbps 96-bit at 15.5 Gbps 64-bit at 16 Gbps
bandwidth 128 GB/s 186 GB/s 128 GB/s + 0.46 TB/s
ORP 32 16 32
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB 1 MB
board power supply 75 watts 75-87 watts 53 watts
PCIe Gen3 x16 Gen4 x8 Gen4 x4

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