According to Intel, it will release its new line of dedicated desktop GPUs or Graphics Cards in Q2 this year.
Despite the ongoing problematic chip shortage situation, companies haven’t stopped announcing new products, including CPUs, GPUs, and SoCs. This week, Intel tries to navigate through the current tough situation by revealing the latest release dates of its newly announced GPUs.
New Intel Arc GPUs will arrive in Q2 2022
According to a story by The Verge, Intel had disclosed several exciting news for PC gamers and fans of the company. As such, based on the report, the company said that new “Arc desktop GPUs” will finally arrive in customers’ hands soon.
As remembered, Intel announced this new line of GPUs back in January this year during the annual CES in Las Vegas. Since then, the company had been teasing further information about the products, and finally, today, announced that these Arc GPUs will arrive before the second half of the year.
Apart from these GPUs, the company also unveiled quite a bunch of new chips for laptops and desktops in the same CES event. Most notably, this year’s 12th generation CPUs based on the Alder Lake architecture aims to compete with the offerings of AMD and Apple and complement the mentioned new Arc GPUs.
Buyers might have to endure short delays
Unfortunately, again, due to the ongoing chip shortage situation, there might be short delays and intervals between the release of consumer and workstation GPUs. As such, as per Intel’s words, it can only assure customers that Arc GPUs will arrive on or even before Q2 2022.
On the other hand, the company said that GPUs designed for workstations or heavy professional work would only come out on or before Q3 2022. Still, it’s better to have quite a specific timeframe than to mindlessly wait for months.
Intel teases Project Endgame
Apart from graphics cards, Intel also announced what it calls “Project Endgame.” Based on the company’s official notes, Endgame is a service that will utilize its upcoming Arc GPUs.
Particularly, similar to renting and using more capable computers online, Endgame will allow accessing fast GPUs through the cloud. Again, according to Intel, this service will ensure “low-latency” and “always-accessible” fast computing power anywhere and anytime.
However, besides these things, there are no further details as to how will consumer use this. Only time will tell if it’s going to integrate with Windows, provide its own computer alongside a GPU, or simply launch another game streaming platform like Stadia and GeForce Now from Nvidia.
Additionally, there is no further information about how Intel will make this platform work, from the technical perspective, of course. Also, while not heavily discussed, fans and analysts have no guesses of how much a typical subscription for the service will cost.
Other updates from Intel include its work on Celestial, the third generation in the newly announced Arc GPUs lineup. Celestial, codenamed Xe3 HPG, is said to serve the “ultra-enthusiast” market segment, meaning it could rival AMD and Nvidia’s most high-end cards, namely the RX 6900 XT and RTX 3090 Ti, which were also announced in January.