First independent tests of the Intel Arc A380 show mixed results
Last week was a historic moment for Intel because it launched its first desktop graphics card, the Intel Arc A380 aimed at the entry range, being a “basic” GPU with which to take its first steps before launching more powerful models to compete with mid-range GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD.
A few hours ago a Chinese portal called Shenmedounengce published the first independent performance tests with this first desktop GPU from Intel (specifically with a model of the A380 assembled by Gunnir), offering quite disparate results between what appears in the 3DMark benchmark with the performance after the games, something that may be influenced by the drivers of the graphics card that has been one of the reasons why Intel delayed it for a few weeks.
These tests have been performed using a computer with a mid-range Intel Core i5-12400 processor along with DDR4 RAM, comparing the Intel Arc A380 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and a GTX 1650, while on the AMD side we find in the comparison the Radeon RX 6400 and Radeon RX 6500 XT.
First of all, as you can see above, Intel’s A380 is the second most powerful graphics card in 3DMark’s Port Royal and Time Spy benchmarks, obtaining much better results than AMD’s graphics cards and NVIDIA’s GTX 1650, being surpassed only by the RTX 3050. However, below we can see a comparison with different games like GTA V or League of Legends (thanks, Google Lens) in which we can see how the performance of the Arc A380 is lower than the AMD RX 6400 or the NVIDIA GTX 1650, a curious fact given the difference in the 3DMark tests. The reason for this gap must be the poor integration of Intel drivers with games, something that Intel, used to being the one who dictates the rules, is going to find hard to accept: they will have to work hand in hand with developers until their cards perform with the same finesse as those of AMD or Nvidia.
Intel’s A380 is an entry-level GPU that is likely to be released only in the Asian or Indian market. It features an ACM-G11 chip with 8 Xe cores at 2.45 GHz along with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory and a 96-bit memory bus to deliver 15.5 Gbps bandwidth.