With the Arc A350M and the A370M, Intel has officially presented the first Arc Alchemist GPUs. However, there are no independent test reports so far. The first scores from 3D Mark have appeared today, which certify the performance of the smaller GPU on the level of the GTX 1650 Mobile series.
With the A350M and the Arc A370M, Intel has released the first mobile GPUs in the Arc series – we reported. However, there are no independent test reports, since we and other reviewers have not yet received any test samples. The 3DMark score for a Samsung Galaxy Book 2 PRO, in which an Arc A350M graphics unit is installed, appeared on Twitter today. The values certify that the smallest Arc Alchemist GPU performs at the level of Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Mobile series.
Considering the power consumption and the technical specifications, these values are within the expected range. However, it should not be forgotten that 3DMark is a synthetic benchmark that does not necessarily reflect the real application or gaming performance. Further test results have to be awaited here before the mobile Arc GPUs can be finally classified.
Intel Arc A350M as fast as GTX 1650 Mobile series
The A350M is the smallest offshoot of Intel’s Arc line-up with 6 Xe cores, resulting in 768 FP32 ALUs. In addition, the GPU has 6 RT cores and 96 matrix cores for AI calculations. Intel specifies the chip clock as 1150 MHz. 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM is connected to a 64-bit memory interface as video memory. The graphics unit’s TDP can range from 25 to 35 watts. The GPU should primarily be used in very thin and light laptops, such as the Samsung Book Pro2.
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A comparison with Nvidia’s smallest RTX offshoot is therefore not entirely fair, the RTX 3050 Mobile has 2048 Cuda cores available, whereby the TDP can range from 35 to 80 watts, which translates into base clock rates of 713 to 1530 MHz results. The RX 6500M with 1024 stream processors and a GPU power of up to 50 watts is not the direct opponent of the A350M either. Rather, it moves at the level of the MX 570 with 2048 Cuda cores at a TDP of 25 watts, or the GTX 1650 Mobile with 1024 computing units and a TDP of 35 to 50 watts.
This is also reflected in the performance values, which the users
posted on Twitter. The screenshots contain performance values of a Samsung Galaxy Book 2 PRO with Intel Arc A350M graphics unit for 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy with default and performance profile.
According to these values, the A350M is only slightly behind the MX570 in the Time Spy test and levels off between the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q and the GTX 1650. Compared to the Iris Max, which is based on the full configuration of the DG1, the A350M offers 84 percent more performance. The Arc GPU falls behind a bit in Fire Strike, which uses the DirectX 11 programming interface. This shows how much value Intel placed on DirectX 12 performance. In contrast to the other entry-level cards, however, the A350M offers a decisive advantage, as it supports hardware-based ray tracing and has matrix units for Xe Super Sampling.
In the following table we have compared the measured values of the A350M to measured values of comparable GPUs, which come from Notebookcheck: