Intel Arc A750 benchmarks beat RTX 3060 by up to 5% when conditions are right

Hope lingers.

Intel Arc A750

Intel is doubling down on its marketing efforts to help frame upcoming Arc desktop graphics cards in a positive light ahead of availability later this year.

The chip giant’s eagerly anticipated GPUs have been considered the first major threat to the AMD-Nvidia duopoly in decades, but taking on such established competitors is no small feat. Arc products have been beset by delays throughout the calendar year, leading some to speculate that Intel may already be considering cancelling future Arc generations.

Refuting any such suggestion, a swathe of in-house benchmarks have been released via the Intel Gaming blog, providing yet another look at purported Arc A750 performance. The Limited Edition card, whose pricing and availability remain shrouded in mystery, was tested across a total of 48 titles and compared directly to rival Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060.

Intel Arc A750 vs. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

Performance victories ebb and flow depending on title, yet across the board, Intel comes out on top to the tune of three-to-five per cent. No surprise given that these are Intel’s own numbers, yet RTX 3060-like performance from what is expected to be a mainstream part sounds promising on paper.

That’s the thoery, however as with all things Arc, there are plenty of caveats to consider. None more so than the fact that Intel openly admits “Arc graphics will be at its best in games when running on a modern API like DX12 and Vulkan,” and all 48 benchmarks are tested as such.

Early driver issues have plagued Arc performance in common DX11 titles, eroding any performance advantage, and other hardware requirements will also raise an eyebrow. Arc A750 requires at least an Intel 10th Gen or AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU, and motherboard support for Resizable BAR – whereby graphics memory is made accessible to the CPU – is thought to be critical in delivering optimal Arc performance.

There’s also the small matter of time to market. Had Arc 750 desktop GPUs arrived at retail at the turn of the year, rival shortages might have played to Intel’s advantage. As things stand, mid-range cards such as the GeForce RTX 3060 and Radeon RX 6600 XT are more readily available than they have been for some time, and Intel is playing catch-up with older parts whose next-gen successors lay in wait just around the corner.

Arc GPUs face an uphill battle, but few have the engineering or financial resources to overcome such hurdles. While significant challenges remain, we can’t wait to be able to test Arc hardware for ourselves. In the meantime, Intel’s DX12 gaming results, at both 1080p and 1440p, are available in full below.

GameArc A750RTX 3060Arc A750RTX 3060
1080p Ultra1080p Ultra1440p High1440p High
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Battlefield 204275777171
Battlefield V133143106117
Borderlands 383757468
Call of Duty: Warzone1309811575
Call of Duty: Vanguard9513675107
Chivalry 2134120108116
Cyberpunk 207775695954
Death Stranding: Director’s Cut13213110296
Deeprock Galactic249222181146
Dirt 573638381
Dying Light 280716657
F1 2021141125172149
F1 20225665115129
Far Cry 695998786
Forza Horizon 58385100106
Gears 585947379
Ghostwire Tokyo991037268
GRID Legends101112109124
Hitman 3167165121114
Horizon Zero Dawn911008282
Masquerade: Blood Hunt157163120116
Metro Exodus78667564
Microsoft Flight Simulator65605957
Monster Hunter Rise14314210093
PUBG: Battlegrounds11410110895
Red Dead Redemption 261536863
Redout 2150138113101
Resident Evil Village160133124111
Sniper Elite 5142125124110
The Division 2951018994
The Riftbreaker312290216196
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands92777168
Watch Dogs: Legion71668178
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands169189225210