Now that the
clone midrange GPU wars have begun in earnest with the arrival of the RTX 4060 family and Radeon 7600, Intel is trying to insert itself into the scrum. It can be easy to forget Intel is a viable option these days, as the company’s GPUs haven’t quite wormed their way into the GPU zeitgeist just yet. When talking about an AMD card, we compare it with Nvidia and vice versa. However, Intel Arc can be a great option if you play certain games. Now, amidst all this debate about the correct pricing of a 1080P GPU, Intel has dropped the hammer on AMD and Nvidia by undercutting them on price. It has dropped the MSRP of its Arc A750 GPU to a staggeringly low $199. The only catch is that it seems to be only on Newegg.
As a refresher, the Arc A750 is on the third step of the Arc podium below the A770, which is offered in both 8GB and 16GB variants. The A750 is 8GB only and was initially priced at $289 last year. It was a good deal then and would still be a bargain today given the current GPU market. Then it dropped to $249, and it has seemingly found its final resting place at $199. However, this price could also be temporary. This GPU has better memory specs than any other GPU at this price point, with 8GB of 16Gb/s GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory bus. It has a 225W TDP, high for this price range, but it still only requires a six-pin and an eight-pin PCIe power cable, which seems quaint.
Of course, the card does have some caveats, and it’s not for everyone. Aside from being a GPU made strictly for 1080p gaming, it’s also primarily optimized for DirectX 12 and Vulkan games. Intel has stated previously that it wants its GPUs to be made for current and future titles, so generally speaking, it’s not good with DX11 and older games. However, since its launch, the company has made significant strides in optimizing its drivers, especially for DirectX 9 games. In February, Intel announced it had found “one weird trick” that enabled a 43% boost in DX9.
Overall, it’s the kind of GPU that has earned the middling praise of being “not that bad, really.” For 1080p gaming and some 1440p action, it’s decent, depending on the games you play. When PCMag reviewed it at launch, it was hobbled by poor drivers, but the drivers have come a long way from what we’ve seen online. Now that it’s $199, it’s a pretty great deal if you are using a GPU that is several years old—especially because it has all the next-generation technology one would expect in 2023, such as ray tracing and supersampling.
Side-by-side comparison of the A770 and A750.
Given its newcomer status, it is hard to say whether this new price will help clear the shelves. People are understandably nervous about buying an Intel GPU. Its history of buggy drivers will also probably give people pause, but it seems like Intel intends to improve that aspect of the GPU-owning experience. For now, it’s clearly the best bang-for-the-buck GPU at $199, and nothing comes close.
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