Today, MSI released their new low-profile Intel Arc A380 Graphics Card, which is their first Intel Arc A380 graphics card. This new card is designed specifically for pre-built systems aimed at small form factor (SFF) PCs and AV1 HW encoding machines.
This seems perfect for users looking for a small, low-profile dedicated graphics card that still provides adequate performance at a minimal expense.
MSI’s First Intel Arc A380 Graphics Card Low-Profile For Pre-Builds Systems
MSI branded the new Intel Arc A380 graphics card in custom housing and sold them in pre-builds for ($650). This is the first dedicated card from the Intel line which is now available from three AIBS, recently introduced MSI, GUNNIR, and ASRock.
All three manufacturers have confirmed their specific role of customisations on the same Arc PCB which means we’re going to see some boost in performance outcome that will be even better than the stock variant.
We discovered that, while the card is capable of some light to medium gaming, and can handle rendering work and some editing tasks, it has not yet been advertised for custom PCs, which means it is not available as a separate retail product, but only as a pre-built component in pre-built MSI systems.
However, other AIBs may consider selling it separately for gamers to test some Cinebench for comparisons with leading Nvidia and AMD chips. So far, we’re impressed not only by Intel’s efforts to launch its own discrete graphics card, but this could be a hint for Intel’s future integrated iGPUs.
The Arc GPU is based on the Alchemist ACM-G11 SKU which is the Intel Xe High-Performance Graphics (Xe HPG) microarchitecture platform. We have counted 8 Xe-Cores that are labelled as 1024 ALUs running at a base frequency of 2000 MHz.
Note: ALUs are similar to Nvidia CUDA cores and AMDs ‘Stream Processors’ as a fancy branding name for graphics processing cores.
The version is known as LP, which stands for MSI “low profile” modifications MSI highlighted his first Intel Arc A380 with only 75W TDP, requiring a 350W PSU to run in a small form factor PC.
This GPU is unearthed with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM with a 96-bit bus that supports a data transfer speed of 15.6 GBps and a bandwidth of up to 185 GB/s. We also see one HDMI 2.0b and one DisplayPort 2.0 with DSC.
The traditional two-fan design that MSI sculpture for ARC GPU measures 172 x 75 x 38 mm which is significantly small because it is designed for the ITX form factor.
In terms of availability, it appears that the MSI Intel Arc A380 graphics card will only be available with a complete PC system, which means no more upgrades for seasoned gamers! But we hope that Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 4000 and AMD RX7000 will soon break the ice and melt gamers’ hearts with more than powerful cards. So stay tight!
Concerning the price and budget, the MSI Arc A380 card is currently sold with a price tag of 1,300 Chinese Yuan, roughly $190 with VAT applied, and if we remove the VAT, the original retail comes to around $134, which is the official cost from MSI.
Since this card will only be available in MSI’s prebuilt PCs and All-in-One Systems, we believe the information (source: videocardz.com) that there are three different variants to be correct. And they all have the same Arc A380 graphics card and are paired with medium to high-power Intel processors.
Three Different Configurations of MSI’s Arc A380 Graphics Card in Pre-Builds Systems
1. The Most Powerful Arc A380 PreBuild PC Configurations
The Arc A380 GPU is paired with an Intel Core i5-12400F CPU on a high-power H610M Bomber motherboard in the most powerful configuration. It also has up to 32GB of memory, a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, and a 650W power supply, all housed in an MSI MAG chassis. This configuration of prebuilt gaming PC is designed for eSports titles and 3D gaming and costs around 4399 RMB (650 USD).
2. Arc A380 Medium-Range PC Configurations
The mid-tier option comes with an Intel H510M or H610M Bomber motherboard and featured i5-10400F processors. This model also includes 16GB of RAM, a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, and a MAG A550BN PSU with the same MSI MAG housing. This variant has a retail price of 3,855 RMB, (570 USD) and shows potential for day-to-day gaming and streaming.
3. Most Basic and Least Expensive Arc A380 Prebuilt PC Configurations
The less expensive model has a Core i3-10105F processor with an H510M motherboard. This configuration included 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD, and a MAG A550BN PSU in an MSI MAG small form factor (SFF) chassis. This low-cost prebuilt system with ARC graphics costs approximately 3599 RMB (532 USD).
Pricing may increase or decrease, depending on processor generation and other components in an Arc A380 pre build system or an All-in-One. These prebuild systems with MSI’s First Intel Arc A380 graphics cards should cost be settled at around $650 at maximum. Seeing MSI’s Pre-built PCs are coming into reality, we have confirmed that Intel AIB will carry their production with Arc graphics cards.