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Intel Arc Alchemist: desktop graphics cards could use 3 8-pin connectors


Nathan Le Gohlisse

Hardware Specialist

April 07, 2022 at 3:10 p.m.

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Intel Arc Alchemist Limited Edition © Intel

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A board shown briefly at an Intel presentation suggests that desktop ARC Alchemist chips will be (very) power-hungry.

Watch out for your power supplies, they could be greedy! An Intel ARC graphics card, unveiled by Tom Petersen, one of Intel’s executives in the GPU segment (and former NVIDIA employee), would sport nothing less than three PCIe power connectors.

450W of TGP for the best desktop Intel boards?

In this case, this card is probably not a definitive or commercial model. It could also be a simple model for demonstration, or even a prototype, but it still puts us on the trail of a potentially very greedy GPU.

Intel Arc © © Guru3D

© Guru3D

And for good reason, these three connectors, if they were to be added to Intel’s definitive high-end cards on desktop PCs, would be able to provide up to 450 W to the GPU, note our colleagues from Guru3D. The latter would then benefit from a substantial TGP budget.

According to previous rumors, future Ada Lovelace cards from NVIDIA (RTX 4000) would however be even more greedy, with a TGP anticipated by some sources between 450 and 800 W depending on the references.

Source: Guru3D



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