A few days ago we talked about the event SIGGRAPH 2022, dedicated to visual effects, rendering and industry-leading graphics technologies. It was because Intel decided to show the potential of its Intel Arc here with multi-GPU support. This is why we can see today its top of the range, the Bow A770 in blender rendered in real time with laser trace Yes Live Denoising.
Intel Arc graphics cards give a lot to say, because with the arrival of Intel we will have a new competitor in the market. Although many don’t remember it, Intel had already developed dedicated graphics in the past, many years ago. Therefore, returning to this sector without having the vast experience of its rivals has caused many problems. The best known is the poor performance of Games using old APIs, where they even dropped support for DirectX 9. However, not everything is a game, so let’s see how the Arc A770 performs with Blender in a test of rendering with ray tracing.
They tested the Intel Arc A770 in Blender with Cycles and Ray Tracing
Example of what I showed at #SIGGRAPH2022. Dense scene with indirect lighting in #B3Drender Cycles raytracing in realtime viewport with live denoising, rendered on #IntelArc A770 GPU in a NUC 11 Extreme PC pic.twitter.com/db89fSuGgP
— visualbob 🖱️🎨 (@bobduffy) August 13, 2022
It’s been a few days since Intel announced its multi-GPU support dedicated exclusively to work programs, excluding games. The return of this technology, similar to NVIDIA’s SLI and AMD’s CrossFire, debuted with a test of to return in Blender. While we couldn’t see a test where multiple GPUs would be used to see their performance, we did have one from a user. this is Bob DuffyIntel Graphics Community Manager, who showed the test with a high-end Intel Arc A770 showing its potential in 3.3LTS Blender with anAPI from Intel.
This was tested on the popular program using the Cycle renderer with Ray Tracing and Denoise in real time. The scene consists of 428 objectsmore 4.3 million vertices and more than 8.6 million triangles, adding the presence of indirect lights to the calculation. Unfortunately, the scene appears to have been personally created by Duffy, known on Twitter as visual bob and is not available for download to compare performance.
That said, despite the low quality of the video, we can see that real-time rendering with Ray Tracing and Live Denoising only takes a few seconds to deliver decent quality. We could consider that the Arc A770 masters Blender perfectly and offers decent speed, but we can’t guarantee anything either. Well, as we said, we have no comparison to NVIDIA or AMD graphics.
The A770 was inside an Intel NUC 11 Extreme
Something that caught our eye in the video is that while the Arc A770 graphics card was running Blender, we could see the computer that had it next to it. It’s nothing more than a Intel NUC 11 Extreme, which is currently available for purchase, as it corresponds to the 11th generation of Intel processors. Regarding the graphics themselves, they match the Arc Alchemist flagship, promising the best performance. The Arc A770 will be a GPU with 32 Xe-cores Yes 512 United Statess, offering a total of 4,096 cores.
Will have 16 GB by heart GDDR6 and an interface 256 bitwith a frequency in Boost mode that will exceed 2.4GHz. Regarding its consumption, we have already seen that it reaches 190W at frequencies base Yes 285W when it works with increase at higher speed. Seeing that the consumption is lower than the next generation of graphics cards, as long as the performance and the price match, this could be a good option. In games maybe not, as its performance is inconsistent, but in the absence of comparisons, it’s likely that for Blender and rendering programs, it performs as expected.