In a move that’s only mildly annoying given the fact that GPU hobbyists have gotten used to disappointment, Intel is apparently delaying the launch of its new Arc graphics technology a bit. Just a few weeks ago, Intel was boasting a “first quarter 2022” release for its long-awaited graphics technology in marketing materials and via language on its website, but apparently that’s no longer the case. The company removed the phrase “Q1” from its website, leaving only “2022” as the launch window.
We are not sure what changed, but we know it is a recent development. Its humble author wrote an article on Intel showing a demo of its discrete Arc graphics card on December 13, and on that video says Q1 2022 at the end.
However, the real trick is when you go to the landing page Intel designed for its Arc technology, wording changed. We loaded the Wayback Machine webpage to see what it was like before, compared to now, and the results are below (compared to today).
The news of the delay is a bit surprising, because all the signs pointed to Intel reaching its deadline. As recently as three days agoIn her CES keynote, an Intel executive stood on stage and announced that she was currently shipping Intel Arc mobile GPUs to her OEM partners for gaming laptops, and right next to her was a graphic that read: “Coming in the first quarter of 2022.”
OEM integration isn’t instantaneous, but the fact that Intel has backtracked so late in the game suggests that it takes more time to build the hardware supply, or that OEMs need more time to prepare systems for shipment.
That means all the lights were green on Tuesday, but something changed on Wednesday or Thursday, which is when Videocardz He was alerted to the discrepancy by an anonymous reader. Anandtech author Ryan Smith contacted Intel about the sudden change, according to his post on Reddit, and they told him: “Currently, the company does not offer any specific product launch details (such as mobile vs. desktop). The most detailed information they are providing at this time is that they indicate that the first Alchemist products will be on the market in the first quarter of 2022 ”.
This news is sure to disappoint gamers who have been waiting patiently for what seems like years for Intel to enter the field of GPUs. The pandemic-related chip shortage has led to such a glut of GPUs that only the notion The fact that a new graphics card is theoretically available for purchase from a large company like Intel was enough to get people excited, especially since Intel promised to take on Nvidia and AMD with a very competitive GPU. At the same time, the company has been fairly quiet about almost every aspect of its first-generation product, the Arc Alchemist. Even after all this time and all this public relations, we still don’t have the final specs, price, release date, etc. We don’t even know if the company will launch Arc first on mobile devices, desktops, or if both will arrive simultaneously. . This lack of information felt a bit strange just a few weeks ago as it was close to launch, but now that Intel has cleaned up its website, it makes a little more sense. Given the fact that gamers haven’t been able to buy a decent GPU at a reasonable price for over a year, this news from Intel only adds a little more salt to the wound.