The most important news about Intel&s upcoming graphics cards (GPUs) is the worst. Contrary to previous expectations, it will now be the first quarter of 2022 at the earliest when you can buy Intel&s new graphics cards. Intel has already "delivered" more technical information for this, but it also does little to narrow down the expected upcoming performance a bit more. We simply don&t know enough about the upcoming clock rates and the driver behavior to draw any realistic conclusions. Intel also didn&t want to say anything about approximate prices and the actual availability.
But we now know what the first graphics card will be called: "ARC Alchemist". Probably to underline its own commitment to the GPU market, Intel also revealed the GPU codenames of the next three generations. "Battlemage", "Celestial" and "Druid" (the alphabetical order as well as the fantasy theme is striking). "ARC" is thus fixed as the product name for the Intel desktop GPU series.
Intel&s entry into the GPU market is eyed rather skeptically by many users: There are less doubts about the hardware capabilities of the cards, but rather about the drivers, which didn&t prove to be one hundred percent reliable in the technical predecessor (DG1), which is hardly available in fact, in many tech editors.
Nevertheless, the current market situation is an almost unique chance for Intel to gain a foothold in the GPU market, since Nvidia&s and AMD&s portfolios have been very poorly available for months (and probably far beyond the turn of the year). Demand for GPUs is correspondingly high.
For video editors, Intel&s GPUs could even become the cards of choice, because currently no other manufacturer supports as many codec variations in hardware as Intel.