All of that makes Arc a lot more serious than Larrabee, Intel’s last effort to break into the dedicated graphics market. Larrabee was canceled late in its development because of delays and disappointing performance, and Arc GPUs are actual things that you can buy (if only in a limited way, for now). But the challenges of entering the GPU market haven’t changed since the late 2000s. Breaking into a mature market is difficult, and experience with integrated GPUs isn’t always applicable to dedicated GPUs with more complex hardware and their own pool of memory.
Regardless of the company’s plans for future architectures, Arc’s launch has been messy. And while the company is making some efforts to own those problems, a combination of performance issues, timing, and financial pressures could threaten Arc’s future.
There’s a lot of chatter that Intel might axe Arc completely, before it’s really truly out of the gate. I really hope those rumours are wrong or overblown, since the GPU market desperately needs a 3rd serious competitor. I hope Intel takes a breather, and allows the Arc team to be in it for the long haul, so that we as consumers can benefit from more choice in the near future.
I hope the best for them. We need more competition in the discrete GPU market.
Nobody should expect a stellar product from the get-go. It takes time, they face a massive challenges, and it’s notoriously difficult to break into a mature market. Most small companies wouldn’t have a chance, but with intel’s billions and connections they may be able to weather the market and come out with a sustainable product…hopefully.
Many people will vote against chipzilla, which I get, but I still think consumers stand to benefit more having more competition rather than less of it.