Promising: Intel’s upcoming flagship Arc made its first appearance in the online benchmark database. An unnamed Intel partner took an engineering GPU sample for testing on the Geekbench OpenCL benchmark using the slightly outdated i5-9600K validator platform, and here’s what we learned …
V straight numbers, the GPU is not doing well. V four running achieved the average OpenCL score is about 67,000 points, and the highest score is 69,000 points. For comparison: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, released about a year ago, is in the range of 150,000 to 180,000 points.
But don’t be discouraged. Think about it: According to the metadata collected by Geekbench during runs, the GPU frequency hovered around 1.3GHz. At this frequency, with 512 EUs, the GPU has a theoretical performance of 11 TFLOPS.
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT has a similar 11 teraflops and scores from 60,000 to 70,000 points. Hence, Intel architecture has the same TFLOPS performance in OpenCL as AMD.
The question is, will Intel be able to match AMD’s high performance TFLOPS?
According to Geekbench, the GPU was rated at 2.1GHz. If it worked at this speed, and not at 1.3 GHz, then it would have 17 teraflops, which is on par with the RX 6800 (not the XT). So, the answer to this question is yes, if 2.1 GHz is achievable.
And to be honest, 2.1 GHz isn’t that high. If the rumors are correct and Intel is using the TSMC N6 node, then they could potentially raise the frequency high enough to break into the performance territory of the RX 6800 XT and RTX 3080.
Remember that this is pure guess, but we Not the first state that Intel GPUs will appear somewhere near the RTX 3070 or RTX 3080. Intel itself hinted that their flagship will cost slightly higher than the latter – from 740 to 790 dollars. However, as today’s OpenCL results show, Intel may still be working hard to achieve this.