In a rather unexpected move, Intel this week discontinued its Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics card, which was its flagship discrete graphics offering for desktops. Intel's partners will continue to offer their Arc A770 add-in-boards (AIBs) with 8 GB and 16 GB of GDDR6 memory.

Intel discontinues its Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics card rather abruptly: the company listed June 20, 2023 as the last product order date and the last product shipment date, which essentially means that it no longer produces and ships these boards. As soon as the remaining stock of these products will be depleted in the channel, they will no longer be available. Apparently, the product was a Limited Edition indeed since it is being EOLed less than a year on the market.

A quick check at Amazon and Newegg reveals that the Arc A770 LE board is available for as much as $497.35 at Amazon and is no longer available at Newegg. Meanwhile, Newegg has three CPU + A770 graphics cards bundles containing Acer's Predator BiFrost Arc A770 16 GB AIBs. Separately, this board costs $339 at Newegg.

Intel's own Arc A750 Limited Edition and Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics cards were meant to bring the audience the best experience possible with an all-new GPU family. In addition, they demonstrated that Intel wanted its Arc A700-series products to compete for the mainstream market segment without using fancy and huge cooling systems. Indeed, Intel's own Arc A750 LE and Arc A770 LE boards look very modest, yet provided everything that the company's ACM-G10 GPU had to offer in terms of performance and functionality.

By now, there are Intel Arc A770 graphics cards from numerous AIB producers, including ASRockAcerGigabyteGunnirMSI, and Sparkle, so Intel does not really need to offer its own cards to ensure that its top-of-the-line product is present on the market.

Interestingly, but Intel's Arc A750 Limited Edition graphics cards remains afloat for now. Perhaps, while Intel still has these boards in its own stock.

Source: Intel

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  • chaos215bar2 - Thursday, June 22, 2023 - link

    I have to admit, I have a hard time understanding why consumers should be expected to take Intel’s foray into dedicated GPUs seriously when Intel itself doesn’t seem to want to support it directly.
  • meacupla - Thursday, June 22, 2023 - link

    I guess we finally know why they called it the Limited Edition.
  • FWhitTrampoline - Friday, June 23, 2023 - link

    Intel's ARC GPUs are very nice for Blender 3D GPU Accelerated Cycles rendering, and that's just using the shader cores only code path currently on the ARC A770 or A750 GPUs because the ARC RT hardware is not yet fully supported by Blender 3D currently. Also Intel's OneAPI is easier to get installed and working properly on Linux OS based systems whereas AMD's ROCm/HIP is not easy to get installed and working properly even on the Limited Linux Workstation Distros that AMD officially supports for ROCm/HIP.

    So hopefully the Intel ARC Card Partners will still be offering some 16GB ARC A770 variants as the more VRAM the better for Blender GPU accelerated Cycles rendering workloads and ARC is a lot less expensive for Blender 3D rendering on Linux as Nvidia's been the only choice on Linux owing to the poor AMD Linux ROCm/HIP support on Linux that only goes back as far as Vega GPUs now currently and AMD's looking at maybe only supporting ROCm/HIP for RDNA/later GPU for any future ROCm/HIP releases.

    Intel's got loads of Matrix Math units that support AI so look at all the Pro Graphics software packages like Photoshop and see that AI based Filtering/Denoising and AI Image processing is very popular there for things like background removal, sans any Chroma-Key Green Background setup required there for video and single image production workloads.

    Intel's ARC GPUs may not be as polished for Gaming workloads but for Graphics workloads they are nice and very low cost there and Blender 3D will happily Cycles render across Multiple ARC GPUs on any system that's got the PCIe slots for that render farm usage there.
  • sheh - Friday, June 23, 2023 - link

    I don't if much could be inferred from this.
    Chip makers generally sell chips, not complete products. That's what AIBs are for.
  • GreenReaper - Friday, June 23, 2023 - link

    If anything this supports AIB vendors selling their own higher-end products. I don't see it as a problem. Intel probably never really wanted to be a vendor of their own cards.
  • QueBert - Saturday, June 24, 2023 - link

    One thing Intel's been doing a good job with is getting new drivers out. The Acer card looks pretty slick and Intel seems to be focused on getting bugs out and increasing performance.
  • Gigaplex - Thursday, June 22, 2023 - link

    "In a rather unexpected move, Intel this week discontinued its Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics card"

    How is this unexpected? Limited edition means limited.
  • boozed - Thursday, June 22, 2023 - link

    Mindboggling stuff!
  • PeachNCream - Friday, June 23, 2023 - link

    Gotta admit that is an oddly worded thought, but I think we have to be a bit forgiving because Anton's first language isn't English IIRC so the fact that there are minor glitches in assembling a thought might be overlooked.
  • Samus - Thursday, June 22, 2023 - link

    This isn't surprising at all. Intel is a company of margins. They probably make more money selling the GPU's than the boards, because they have to support the boards. This is the same reason they exited the consumer SSD market they essentially created: once they made their footprint, their job was done.

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