Earlier today, rumors spread like wildfire that Intel has scrapped Intel’s Arc GPUs internally and will likely be completely eliminated after the third generation of Intel Arc Celestial GPUs. This first appeared on September 10, but today’s update fueled the rumors, which of course led to Twitter exploding with the news that the Arc GPU was dead.
However, Raja Kodori, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Accelerated Computing and Graphics Systems Group (AXG), strongly denied the rumors via his Twitter account.
We 🤷♂️ about these rumors too. They are not helping the team that is working hard to bring this stuff to market, nor are they helping the computer graphics community.. One has to wonder, who are they helping? We are still in the first generation and yes we have more hurdles than we planned to appear, but we persisted …September 12, 2022
Intel is proceeding as planned
An anonymous source at Intel confirmed to me that these rumors are false and that “the roadmap has not changed for Arc.” Arc GPUs are moving forward as planned. Just two days ago, on September 10, Koduri tweeted a pre-launch image of an Intel Arc GPU being put through its paces in a lab in Toronto, Canada.
I bumped into this beauty at the Volume Verification Lab in Toronto..Get ready to go! pic.twitter.com/HReEfz1d2bSeptember 11, 2022
Leaker Moore’s Dead Law tweeted, “Intel is effectively killing ARC Discrete. No kidding, it’s done.” A tweet and associated YouTube video, which cited a number of purported quotes from Intel insiders about the current state and Arc’s plans, got on this unbridled train of rumors.
This evening (morning?) I leaked something I wish I didn’t have to… Intel is effectively killing ARC Discrete. No kidding, it’s been… Tweet embedSeptember 10, 2022
In the end, sometimes rumors are no more than that, and sometimes they are an incorrect interpretation of information received or heard somewhere. While anything is possible in the future, the official and unofficial data confirming that Intel is going ahead with its discrete Arc GPU release is compelling. We can’t wait to see how future generations of Arc handle whatever our lab is up to. Whatever the results, more competition in the GPU game is beneficial to consumers and may push AMD and Nvidia to create more innovative GPU solutions.
via Tweak Town