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Intel Arc laptop from Lenovo leaked


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Intel Arc laptop information has been released, relating to its implementation in Lenovo gaming laptops. Lenovo has announced the latest versions of their IdeaPad Gaming laptop series, the IdeaPad Gaming 3 (which is powered by an AMD CPU), as well as the IdeaPad Gaming 3i (which is powered by an Intel processor). It seems the 3i version of the IdeaPad Gaming laptop will include options for either Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics cards or alternatively Intel Arc GPUs.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i with Intel Arc A370M graphics card

Earlier today the following leak was released, which shows the maximum specifications possible in the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i, which includes the option of the Intel Arc A370M GPU (see under ‘Performance for Budding Gamers’ on the left).

Intel Arc laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i

What is Intel Arc?

Intel Arc (not to be confused with Intel ARK which is Intel’s Automated Relational Knowledgebase, used to compare specifications of existing Intel chips) is the upcoming series of dedicated GPUs from Intel, which are set to compete with Nvidia and AMD, particularly at the low-mid range of the price spectrum, though the most powerful (the A700) will also be looking to challenge the likes of the RTX 3070 and the RX 6800 XT. Besides the desktop versions, there will be laptop iterations of these graphics cards too (as we can see in the image above).

Intel Arc will use completely new architecture, and though we’ve got some early performance indications of how they will stack up, it’s difficult to know how they compare with AMD and Nvidia’s range based on specs alone.

Will Intel Arc work with AMD Ryzen CPUs?

Generally speaking, Intel Arc GPUs will work with AMD Ryzen CPUs as far as desktop machines are concerned, but we don’t know at this stage whether this will be a worthwhile combination, or whether you’ll lose out on big performance synergies from having matching brand Intel CPUs and GPUs.

In terms of laptop versions of the Intel Arc graphics card, it’s likely you’ll see these combined more often with Intel CPUs, as we can see with the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i (the AMD-powered IdeaPad Gaming 3 not having the option of being paired with the Arc).

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 2022 specifications

The core specs of both the 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i, and the 16-inch version can be seen below (info taken from Videocardz).

  IdeaPad Gaming 3i (15”, 7) IdeaPad Gaming 3i (16”, 7)
Dimensions & Weight 21.8mm+ & 2.4kg+ 20.9mm+ & 2.5kg+
Display 15.6” WQHD IPS, 16:9, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, 350 nits 16” WQHD+ IPS, 16:10, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, 500 nits
CPU Intel Core i7-12700H max Intel Core i7-12700H max
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU (6GB GDDR6; Listed Boost Clock 1425MHz, TGP 105W
OR Intel Arc Graphics GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU (6GB GDDR6; Listed Boost Clock 1425MHz, TGP 105W
OR Intel Arc Graphics GPU
RAM 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 max 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 max
Storage 1TB SSD PCIe NVMe (M.2)3 max 1TB SSD PCIe NVMe (M.2)3 max
Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
1 x Audio Jack (Microphone & Earphone)
Right
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
Rear
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) (Thunderbolt 4*, DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ 45
1 x DC-in
Left
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
1 x Audio Jack (Microphone & Earphone)
Right
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
Rear
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) (Thunderbolt 4*, DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ 45
1 x DC-in
Colors Glacier White, Onyx Grey Onyx Grey

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i price & release date

The following details are taken from the official press release, as reported by Videocardz:

  • The 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i laptop will have a starting MSRP of €999. The Lenovo gaming laptop is expected to release in May 2022.
  • The 16-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i will retail starting at €1,099. The release date of the Intel Arc powered Lenovo laptop is June 2022.




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