First benchmarks for A370M, performance on par with RTX 3050

First benchmarks for A370M, performance on par with RTX 3050

First benchmarks for A370M

New details emerge regarding the A370M GPU, Intel's entry-level card for the notebook market of the Arc Alchemist family. The guys from PCWorld have in fact recently published online the results obtained following benchmark tests carried out on a laptop based on MSI's E16 Flip Evo Summit at Intel's Jones Farm campus in Portland, Oregon.

The board , equipped with 8 Xe Cores, 4 GB of GDDR6 memory and 8 Ray Tracing units, has been tested with different tests, one on Time Spy and three on triple A games. In the first test the A370M achieved a score of 4.405, against the 4.396 obtained from the RTX 3050. However, it should be noted that Dynamic Tuning Technology (DTT) was active during the benchmarks, which reduces performance, as seen recently, which suggests that the A370M can achieve even better results.

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Credit: PCWorld So satisfactory results for the new Intel GPU that manages to keep up with Nvidia's RTX 3050 and presumably also the RX 6500M, even if AMD claims that its card be faster. A future optimization of the drivers and the deactivation (or improvement) of the DTT technology could lead to a further increase in the achievable performance. Unfortunately, however, the problem of availability remains, with laptops equipped with Arc GPUs currently available in limited stocks and not in all markets.

Official benchmarks reveal Intel Arc A370M is on par with the RTX 30500 0

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It looks like Intel's Arc GPU series is going to give Nvidia and AMD a tough competition. Devices having the new GPU have already started shipping, like the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro and Lenovo Slim 7i. According to new official benchmarks from PCWorld, the Arc A370M can go head to head against Nvidia's RTX 3050 mobile GPU.

The A370M represents the entry level Arc 3 series followed by the lower-end Arc A350M. The A370M comes with 8 Xe cores as well as a graphic clock of 1550MHz. The maximum memory that's supported is 4GB with DDR6 modules and a 64-bit wide bus. Power consumption depends on the laptop and can range between 35-50W.

The benchmarking was done on an MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo notebook that featured Intel's reference design for the A370M. For the RTX 3050, the devices tested were HP Spectre x360 and the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED.

The tests started with 3DMark which is a classic synthetic graphics benchmark. The Intel Arc 370M had a strong score of 4,405. The HP Spectre x360 16 scored 3,722 while the Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED scored 4,396.

Next up was Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker at 1080p. The A370M scored 7,196 while the Spectre scored 7,639. This shows that the A370M falls slightly behind the RTX 3050 although the difference is hard to notice in the real world.

The next game was Shadow of the Tomb Raider where the A370M ran at 59 frames per second at 1080p quality while on the Spectre x360, the RTX 3050 ran at 50 frames per second. Here, team blue is ahead by 15 percent.

Next, there's Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition set at 1080p which was still the most demanding game of all that were tested. In this one, the A370M ran the game at a sluggish 19 frames per second, while the Spectre x360's RTX 3050 ran the game at 22 frames per second. The game requires ray tracing to run it in the first place, which tells us that ray tracing isn't the A370M's strong suits but it can still play them.

The final application for benchmarking was the Topaz Video Enhanced AI application, where the A370M managed to beat the RTX 3050 by 53 seconds with a total completion time of 134 seconds and 187 seconds respectively.

To sum everything up, the benchmark scores tells us that Intel's entry level products are arguably great and can perform on par with Nvidia's latest RTX 3050 GPUs. It would be quite interesting to see the Arc 5 and Arc 7 series against the current GPU kings.

Source: PCWorld