The first laptops with Intel Arc 3 discrete graphics began shipping earlier this year, although notebooks with Intel’s entry-level GPU still aren’t exactly common.
Even less common? Notebooks with Intel’s higher-performance Arc 5 and Arc 7 discrete GPUs. The chip maker said we’d have to wait until this summer for those models to arrive. But customers in China can now pre-order one of the first notebooks sporting an Intel Arc 7 GPU.
The Machenike Discovery Edition 2022 is a notebook with a 16 inch, 2.5K WQHD display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 165 Hz refresh rate. Under the hood it has a 45-watt Intel Core i7-12700H 14-core, 20-thread processor and Intel’s Arc A730M GPU, which features:
- 1.1 GHz GPU clock frequency
- 24 Xe cores
- 24 ray tracing units
- 384 execution units
- 3072 FP32 cores
- 12GB GDDR6 memory
- 192-bit memory bus
- 80-120W TGP
While Arc A730M is only the second most powerful mobile GPU Intel plans to launch this year (the Arc A770M has more cores, more memory, a higher clock speed, and higher power consumption), the A730M GPU should be a big step up from the Arc 3 A350M and Arc 3 A370M GPus that are currently available.
Just don’t expect notebooks with Intel Arc 7 graphics to come cheap: a Machenike laptop Intel Arc A730M is going for around $1275 in China. While that’s not an unreasonable price for a gaming laptop with a decent discrete GPU, it’s not exactly pocket change either. And it’s likely that laptops with similar specs will cost a bit more when they reach North America and Europe in the coming months.
|Arc 3 A350M||Arc 3 A370M||Arc 5 A550M||Arc 7 A730M||Arc 7 A770M|
|GPU||DG2-128 (ACM-G11)||DG2-128 (ACM-G11)||DG2-512 (ACM-G10)||DG2-512 (ACM-G10)||DG2-512 (ACM-G10)|
|Ray Tracing Units||6||8||16||24||32|
|GPU Clock||1150 MHz||1550 MHz||900 MHz||1100 MHz||1650 MHz|
|Availability||Now||Now||Early Summer 2022||Early Summer 2022||Early Summer 2022|