Last year, we got a chance to take a look at the Intel Arc A380 GPU, Intel’s first discrete GPU solution aimed at the entry-level market. It’s time to shift our focus to the more powerful and mainstream option: the Intel Arc A750. Leveraging their extensive expertise in manufacturing and dominance in the CPU space, the Intel Arc A750 aims to deliver high gaming performance with a range of advanced features that rivals the competition.
Intel Xe High-Performance Graphics Architecture
At the heart of the Intel Arc A750 lies the groundbreaking Intel Xe HPG Architecture. The Intel Arc desktop GPUs come with the Intel Xe HPG Architecture exclusive technologies and features namely Intel Xe Matrix Extensions AI Engines, Xe Super Sampling, Full AV1 Hardware Acceleration, and Intel Deep Link. Intel Arc initially launched on laptops but now we finally have a discrete GPU solution with the Intel Arc A380, A750, and A770.
Intel XMX AI Engines
Intel Arc GPUs have XMX AI Engines which uses AI to provide more compute capability for accelerating workloads to enhance gaming performance. The AI implantation allows for up to 16 more performance compared to traditional vector units. These dedicated AI engines are designed to optimize rendering, improve image quality, and enable advanced AI-driven features, resulting in more realistic graphics, smoother gameplay, and improved efficiency.
Intel Xe Super Sampling or XeSS for short is Intel’s answer to Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s Fidelity FX Super Resolution. Like DLSS, XeSS uses AI deep learning to perform image upscaling which makes the rendered frame close to native high-resolution rendering. However, unlike DLSS which is reserved for RTX or higher-end GPUs, XeSS is simply available in all Intel Arc GPUs from the entry-level Intel Arc A380 which we featured last year, all the way to the Intel Arc A750 and A770 GPUs that we have here. Also, unlike AMD’s FidelityFX which is completely on a driver slash software level, XeSS is integrated into the hardware as it uses the XMX AI engines as mentioned earlier.
AV1 is something to be excited about as a content creator and streamer. Intel is the first GPU brand, beating Nvidia and AMD to release a GPU that supports full AV1 hardware acceleration. AV1 is almost 5x faster hardware encoding compared to software encoding and is up to 50% more efficient than the traditional H.264 encoding. Using AV1 will free up CPU and GPU workload allowing for higher FPS in games while maintaining a high-quality video stream. Unfortunately, AV1 isn’t fully adopted yet in the industry but Intel has partnered with Industry giants like Adobe, Blackmagicdesign, OBS, Magix, XSplit and many more to roll out the AV1 codec as soon as possible.
Intel Deep Link
If you happen to have an Intel CPU paired with an Intel Arc graphics card, then you can take advantage of the Intel combo with Deep Link. Intel CPUs paired with Intel ARC Graphics can take advantage of increased performance by utilizing features exclusive to the combination such as Hyper Encode and Hyper Compute. Deep Link is a bigger deal on laptops as they have the Dynamic Power Share feature which intelligently routes more power to either the CPU or GPU for performance depending on whether your task is CPU or GPU-intensive.
INTEL ARC A750
The Intel Arc A750 is a trimmed down version of Intel’s flagship Intel Arc A770. It features 28 Xe Cores, 28 Ray Tracing units, 448 XMX Engines. It has a clock speed of 2050 MHz and is equipped with 8GB GDDR6 256GB memory for a total power consumption of 225W. The model we have here is the limited edition 16GB variant in a slim 2 slot form factor that’s perfect for ITX builds. As of writing, only the Limited Edition and ASRock Challenger are the available models for the A750.
BENCHMARKS SETUP AND TEST METHODOLOGY
|Intel Arc A750 Test Bench Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 13900K|
|COOLER||ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 360mm V2 – Noctua NT-H2 Thermal Paste|
|MOTHERBOARD||ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi|
|MEMORY||Kingston Fury Beast RGB 32GB(2x16GB) 6000MHz DDR5|
|GPU||Intel Arc A770 | Intel Arc A750 | RTX 3060 | RTX 3050|
|STORAGE||WD Black SN850 2TB SSD|
|POWERSUPPLY||FSP Hydro GT Pro 1000W|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Windows 11 Pro Build 22H2|
Gadget Pilipinas’ testing philosophy is to provide detail-oriented results as accurately as possible so that our readers can replicate our tests given that these conditions are met. Different benchmarking apps and sequences are used depending on the component or device being tested. We use CapFrameX 1.7.1 as our primary FPS capture and analysis tool for all our gaming benchmarks. The latest build version of Windows 11 Pro and WHQL-certified drivers are used for our benchmarks. Readings such as temperatures and power draws are recorded using HWINFO64, and other relevant software for cross-checking.
For the following set of benchmarks, we used the Intel WHQL certified Game On Drivers version 18.104.22.16814 and Nvidia WHQL Game Ready driver 531.79. All GPUs are running on their respective out-of-the-box settings, no alternations have been made in clock speeds, fan speeds, temperature, and power limits.
Intel Arc A750 BENCHMARKS
3DMARK: Firestrike, Timespy,& Port Royal
COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE
Far Cry 5 & Far Cry 6
Rainbow Six Siege
Cyberpunk 2077 w/ XeSS
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
F1 2020 and F1 22
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE II w/ XeSS
SPIDERMAN MILES MORALES w/ XeSS
Intel Arc A750 Temperatures and Power Consumption
Intel has come a long way since the release of its Intel Arc A series GPUs when it comes to performance. While the Intel Arc series was known to perform inadequately when the GPUs first launched, our latest benchmarks across 13 games in various rendering APIs and genres show that is no longer the case as the Intel Arc A750 is able to run these games at over 60 FPS on high settings – all thanks to consistent driver improvements.
Intel’s progress in terms of optimizing its drivers brings out more value to these GPUs as time passes by and as more games are getting launch day support with Intel features such as XeSS. Speaking of XeSS, Intel’s implementation of its first-generation upscaling technology brings a much more noticeable framerate improvement that’s closer to the percentage uplift of the latest DLSS and FSR technologies.
Considering that this is Intel’s first take on the discrete GPU market, it’s quite impressive to see the performance gap being so close and in some cases on par with the current GPUs. Intel was able to come up with a decent midrange GPU while being able to equip with the latest features such as Ray Tracing, XeSS, and AV1 support.
With its current Philippine price ranging from Php 15,500 to Php 17,900 depending on the retailer, the Intel Arc A750 is positioned in between the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060. With the performance measured in our benchmarks, the A750 greatly justifies its marginal price premium over the RTX 3050 while undercutting the RTX 3060 depending on the types of games you play – especially if the game supports Intel XeSS AI upscaling. So, if you’re looking for a new graphics card under Php 18,000 with flagship-like and futureproof features, then the Intel Arc A750 should be one of your choices.
The Intel Arc A750 and A380 graphics cards are available at select Intel Retail Partner Stores
Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.