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Intel launches Arc Pro GPUs for creative apps

The Pro series includes two new GPUs intended for desktops, while the A30 is aimed at laptops

Intel's Arc Pro GPU range the A50, A40 and A30

Intel is launching a series of new laptop and desktop GPUs dubbed 'Arc Pro' that aims to compete with graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia. 

The Intel Arc Pro A40 and A50 are primarily available for workstations while the A30M is for more pro-focused laptops. 

Intel has designed all three to handle AI-based tasks and creative apps, such as Adobe Premiere Pro. Each is capable of hardware-based ray tracing and AV1 hardware acceleration. 

The Intel Arc Pro A40 will come in a small single-slot form factor, around 3.5 teraflops of graphical power, eight ray-tracing cores and 6GB of memory. The A50, however, is a dual-slot machine capable of 4.8 teraflops of graphical power. It features eight ray-tracing cores and 6GB of memory. The A50 is more suited to traditional workstations, though both will also include four Mini DisplayPorts for multiple monitor configurations. 

Intel is aiming these GPUs at creative workers that use apps such as Blender, HandBrake and Premiere Pro. The chip giant is also working to get the GPUs certified for apps within engineering, construction, architecture and manufacturing.

A mobile version of the A30m GPU will come with 3.5 teraflops of graphical performance, eight ray-tracing cores and 4GB of memory. However, it is designed to use between 35 and 50Wh of peak power, though display outputs will depend on certain configurations. 

In theory, all three GPUs should be well suited to gaming, though Intel has sought to manage expectations here by not offering up any indications on workstation performance. However, the Arc Pro range of GPUs will be made available from mobile and desktop partners later this year. 

The new GPU lineup comes several months after Intel released its entry-level Arc 3 GPUs for partner laptops. Those were followed up with a teaser for an Arc A750 limited edition desktop graphics card. The Arc Pro range is specifically for smaller PCs so there could well be a more powerful version released in the future.

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