An alleged Intel Arc Desktop Graphics roadmap has been leaked, indicating Alchemist+ GPUs in 2H 2023 and Battlemage GPUs in 2024.
Intel’s Desktop Graphics Roadmap Reveals Alchemist Refresh in 2H 2023, Battlemage GPUs in 2024
Raja Koduri has stated on numerous occasions that they are not abandoning their discrete GPUs or desktop graphics card lineup. RedGamingTech appears to have discovered a very legitimate-looking roadmap that discusses Intel’s future desktop graphics for 2023 and 2024. The roadmap appears to be fairly recent, as it covers all of the current Alchemist SKUs as well as a few that have yet to be released.
Arc Alchemist+ from Intel: Arc-A 2nd Gen Desktop Discrete Graphics for 2H 2023
The recent rumours about an Intel Arc Alchemist GPU refresh appear to be true. According to the roadmap leak, the new lineup will be known as the ‘Alchemist+’ family and will include two GPU SKUs, the ACM+ G21 and the ACM+ G20. The ACM+ G21 series will target high-end graphics cards with TDP ratings of 175-225W, whereas the ACM+ G20 series will target entry-level designs with 75-100W discrete graphics products.
According to an alleged roadmap leak, future Intel Alchemist+ and Battlemage Discrete desktop graphics lineup. (Photo courtesy of RedGamingTech)
What’s interesting is that the ACM-G21 will be the high-end Alchemist GPU’s successor to the ACM-G10, while the ACM-G11 will be the low-end Alchemist GPU’s successor. This could be related to chip production, which means that the entry-level GPU was designed before the G21 GPU.
Intel also intends to release two mid-tier SKUs in the current Arc Alchemist graphics card line, aiming for the 150W phase. Both GPUs are said to have 6 GB of memory and will be classified as performance or mainstream. It should be noted that Intel has yet to release its Arc A580 GPU for desktop PCs.
For 1H 2024, Intel Arc Battlemage: Arc-B Series Desktop Discrete Graphics
Intel intends to go big next year with the release of two powerful GPUs aimed at the fanatic dGPU phase. These two GPUs will make up half of the Battlemage family and will take advantage of the Xe2 dGPU architecture. According to the roadmap, early enablement of the Battlemage GPUs is planned for Q1’24, with the first GPUs expected to appear in the middle of 2024.
The Arc B-Series ‘Battlemage’ lineup will include the enthusiast-tier BMG-G10 GPU, which will ship with a TDP of 225W, and the performance-tier BMG-G21 GPU, which will ship with a TDP of 150W. RedGamingTech has a second slide that shows the following applied sciences within Battlemage Xe2-HPG Discrete graphics:
Improved Ray Tracing Micro-Architecture thanks to Next-Gen Memory Subsystem and Compression
Next-Generation ML-Based Rendering Technology
The most recent DeepLink capabilities are aimed at performance/enthusiast gaming.
According to Intel, the next-generation Battlemage GPUs are significantly better than where Alchemist was at the time, and work on Celestial has also begun.
The majority of the silicon workforce is working on Battlemage and platform engineering, and some software assets have also been, Raja. Koduri, Intel AXG Head & Executive VP
Our ASIC workforce is primarily focused on Battlemage. A portion of it is focused on our future, which is Celestial. And then there’s a very small portion on Alchemist today, but they’re completely different in terms of functionality sets. So things like a board and, what I’ll call, chip teams are currently available on Alchemist. Consider it as getting our board just right, our BIOS just right, and all the last-minute tweaking. However, the majority of our design team is focused on Battlemage.
Our strategy is to start here. And then we add major after major after major. And it’s not a difficult strategy to grasp because we’re starting with the quantity phase of the market and then progressing to more high-performance segments over time.
Tom Peterson of Intel, via PCGamer
It will be some time before we hear more from Intel, as they recently held their CES 2023 keynote and gave us no further update on the Arc GPU household or any new discrete graphics playing cards, but there are numerous occasions in the first half of 2023 when the company may simply give us the next-big update on its Arc GPU family.
Intel ARC Gaming GPU Lineup
|GPU FAMILY||INTEL XE-HPG||INTEL XE2-HPG||INTEL XE3-HPG||INTEL XE NEXT||INTEL XE NEXT NEXT|
|GPU Products||ARC Alchemist GPUs||ARC Battlemage GPUs||ARC Celestial GPUs||ARC Druid GPUs||ARC E*** GPUs|
|GPU Segment||Mainstream Gaming (Discrete)||Mainstream / High-End Gaming (Discrete)||Mainstream / High-End Gaming (Discrete)||Mainstream / High-End Gaming (Discrete)||Mainstream / High-End Gaming (Discrete)|
|GPU Gen||Gen 12||Gen 13?||Gen 14?||Gen 15?||Gen 16?|
|Process Node||TSMC 6nm||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Specs / Design||512 EUs / 1 Tile / 1 GPU||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|