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Intel Arc A380 graphics card tested for compatibility with 50 games of different years - the result surpassed the expectations

Intel Arc A380 graphics card tested for compatibility with 50 games of different years - the result surpassed the expectations

German edition of PC Games Hardware managed to get hold of Intel Arc A380 graphics gas pedal and conducted its full-scale testing.
However, journalists didn't focus on the graphics performance of this graphics card, but on its compatibility with popular games, having tested it in 50 projects released between 1999 and 2022.Image source: VideoCardzAt the moment, Intel graphics have serious problems with games using not the latest graphics API DirectX 11 and DirectX 9.
As Intel itself said earlier, it's focusing on optimizing Arc graphics for games with Vulkan and DirectX 12.
In other words, we should expect very mediocre performance from Arc cards in old gaming tittles.
We should clarify that Intel didn't refuse to optimize old games on old APIs.
The recently released Arc Graphics Driver 31.0.101.3276 Beta removes a large part of the problems with game compatibility and the functionality of the Arc Control software for managing Intel Arc graphics.
However, the company still has a lot of problems and bugs related to its graphics card software to fix.PC Games Hardware notes that most of the games tested on the Arc A380 graphics card, including very old ones, were compatible with Arc graphics, which is a very good result, especially considering that Intel is a newcomer to the discrete graphics market.
With problematic games, journalists noticed visual artifacts when using SSAO and HBAO+ anti-aliasing settings, texture problems and freezes.
The only game out of 50 that refused to run on Arc A380 was Max Payne 2.
This game uses a DirectX 8 API.
A full list of tested games and information on their compatibility with the Arc A380 can be found in the table below.
Green marked games that work without problems, yellow - bugs, red - critical errors.
Source image: PC Games HardwareWhich writes portal VideoCardz, Intel will likely introduce a more productive graphics gas pedals Arc 7 series (A750 and A770) next month.
These graphics cards can compete with the most popular models of NVIDIA and AMD current generation.
However Intel solutions will not be able to compete with the flagships.
Also not too good for Intel is the fact that these companies in the near future will present graphics cards on new architectures, which would complicate the Intel's position even more.

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