According to a recent source, Intel Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards may be delayed again more, maybe until late summer 2022. If the story is accurate, it will be terrible news for Intel, as both AMD and Nvidia are expected to deliver next-generation GPUs around that time.

Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs have had a long, winding, and rough ride in their desktop incarnations. Originally scheduled to start in 2021, they were moved back to the second quarter of 2022, and then to summer 2022.

Now, it appears like Intel may be unable to meet that target as well, with Igor’s Lab reporting that the launch window might be anywhere between July 1 and August 31, 2022. This might mean that the desktop version of Arc Alchemist will be available by late summer. We heard similar reports last month, and today’s news comes from many anonymous sources, so it seems very plausible, according to Igor’s Lab.

We may expect at least seven new versions when the cards ultimately hit the market.

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Why is Intel possibly delaying Arc Alchemist for desktops again? There might be several causes, but hardware, as Igor’s Lab speculates, is unlikely to be one of them. We’d definitely be looking at an even longer wait if there were hardware issues. Intel may be experiencing driver troubles, and given that even the greatest GPU will struggle without the proper driver, it makes sense for Intel to postpone things until everything is resolved.

Some of the problems may not even be related to Intel. The firm may be experiencing issues with partner card creation, aftermarket support, or game integration. Intel has lots of expertise in introducing new goods, but discrete graphics cards are a first, therefore they must be designed from scratch.

It makes perfect sense for Intel to attempt to get everything right the first time. Saying it joins a saturated market is a bit of an exaggeration right now (thanks, GPU scarcity), but it does enter a field that has long been dominated by two titans.To persuade gamers to use Intel Arc Alchemist over Nvidia or AMD, the former must be extremely competitive in terms of performance or pricing.

Intel has only a few months to compete with AMD and Nvidia.

This is where things get more difficult for Intel Arc — we already know that its performance will not be a challenge to Nvidia or AMD’s high-end industry. Its performance has frequently been compared to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070, which is a fantastic card in its own right, but many gamers may prefer something with a little more punch. However, it has the potential to shake things up in the midrange sector, especially if Intel is able to reduce prices and offer its new graphics cards at a reasonable price.

The release date is becoming increasingly important for Intel Arc Alchemist’s success.

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Nvidia is hard at work on its next-generation Ada Lovelace (RTX 4000-series) graphics cards, while AMD isn’t far behind, with its RDNA 3 GPUs due out this year.

With both Team Green and Team Red preparing to release new generations of graphics cards this year, Intel is simply running out of time to dominate the news cycle. If Arc Alchemist is released around the same time as Nvidia RTX 4000 and AMD RDNA 3, Intel may struggle to generate excitement for its new product.

This is exacerbated by the fact that, while Intel Arc will definitely deliver a lot, it will fall short when compared to next-generation graphics cards. If it can target the mid-range segment this generation, it may only be equivalent to entry-to-midrange GPUs the next. As a result, Intel only has a few months if it wants to make a big mark with its new GPUs.

At the end of March this year, Intel successfully debuted the mobile version of Arc Alchemist. Even yet, considering the months of delays and the fact that Arc Alchemist signals Intel’s debut into the discrete GPU market, this was a significant move.

However, the mobile selection was initially relatively limited, with only three Arc cards, all of which were pretty entry-level.

We’re still waiting for these GPUs to find their way into laptops since supply is quite limited. What’s more, what little there is to be available is rather pricey.

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