Several new Intel Arc Alchemist laptops have been listed on retailer websites in the US and UK, signaling that Intel’s long-awaited discrete GPU may finally reach consumers’ hands after months, if not years of waiting.
The listings are limited to a few Lenovo and HP laptops on a handful of websites and only feature the Intel Arc A370M mobile GPU, which is an entry-level GPU compared to the A500 and A700 series GPUs that Intel is planning at launch yet. this year. However, it is a step up from the only other Intel Arc GPU available, the A350M. This latest GPU is just an option on the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro for now, and it’s not yet available outside of Asia.
The new laptops also vary widely in price, with the 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 3i gaming laptop selling for £761 and £849 in Lambda-Tek and Currys respectively in the UK. In the US, meanwhile, the 15.6-inch Asus ZenBook Flip 2-in-1 is priced at $1,399, and the 16-inch HP Specter 2-in-1 is priced at $1,999 at Best Buy.
None of the laptops are actually available to order just yet, with each listing saying it’s either coming soon or out of print, but the fact that the laptops are listed is all signs that their launch in the US and UK markets is imminent.
Hopefully we can get some soon so we can finally get a full look at Intel Arc GPUs.
Review: Intel Arc has been a long time coming
We’ve been looking forward to Intel’s take on discrete graphics for years, ever since we saw some early demos at CES 2020. Now that these GPUs are slowly starting to appear in the world, we really hope that Intel can do something to stop the Nvidia-AMD duopoly that exists in the graphics processing space.
It will be several weeks, if not months, before we get our hands on Intel’s discrete desktop graphics cards, so we still have a ways to go before we can really get a look at Intel’s best for this generation of GPUs. Still, the fact that there will be some new graphics cards this generation is exciting, and not just because it should help alleviate the lingering graphics card shortage.
What we’re most interested in seeing is some innovation and competition from Intel to help Nvidia and AMD work harder to deliver a better product, especially as it looks like graphics cards and processors won’t be as readily available as they have been in the past. . If we have to wait a while to get our hands on a graphics card, we’d like it to be worth the wait.