Alchemist + ‘Refresh’ in 2H 2023, Battlemage in 2024

Alleged Intel Arc Desktop Graphics roadmap leaked which points to Alchemist+ at 2H 2023 & Battlemage GPUs in 2024.

Leaked Intel Desktop Graphics Roadmap Points To Alchemist Update In H2 2023 And Battle GPUs In 2024

Raja Koduri has said on several occasions that they are not giving up on discrete GPUs or their lineup of desktop graphics cards. Now it looks like our friends at RedGamingTech have spotted a pretty legit looking roadmap that discusses future Intel desktop graphics for 2023 and 2024. The roadmap looks pretty recent as it covers all of the SKUs out there on Alchemist including a few that haven’t been released yet.

Intel Arc Alchemist +: 2nd generation Arc-A desktop discrete graphics for 2H 2023

It looks like the recent rumors about updated Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs might be true. A roadmap leak shows the new lineup being referred to as the “Alchemist +” family and is expected to include two GPU storage, the ACM + G21 and ACM + G20. The ACM+ G21 will be targeted at high-end graphics cards with a TDP rating of 175 to 225W while the ACM+ G20 series will target entry-level builds with 75-100W discrete graphics products.

An alleged leak in the roadmap points to Intel’s Alchemist+ & Battlemage discrete desktop graphics suite. (Image credits: RedGamingTech)

What’s interesting is that the successor to the ACM-G10, the high-end alchemical GPU, will be the ACM-G21 while the successor to the ACM G11, the lower-end alchemical GPU, will be the ACM-G20. This may be more or less related to the chip’s production, which means that the entry-level GPU was designed earlier than the G21 GPU.

Intel also plans to release two mid-range SKUs under its current Arc Alchemist graphics card line targeting the 150W segment. Both GPUs are said to feature 6GB of memory and will be allocated in the performance and mainstream segments. Note that Intel has not yet released the Arc A580 GPU for desktop computers.

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Intel Arc Battlemage: Arc-B-class desktop discrete graphics card for 1 hour 2024

Next year, Intel plans to make a big splash with the release of two powerful GPUs aimed at the enthusiast dGPU segment. These two GPUs will be part of the Battlemage family and will use the Xe2 dGPU architecture. The roadmap states that early enablement of Battlemage GPUs is planned for Q1 2024 while the first GPUs should appear in mid-2024.

The Arc B-Series ‘Battlemage’ lineup will include the enthusiast-grade BMG-G10 GPU which will ship with a TDP under 225W while the BMG-G21 GPU will target the performance segment with designs under 150W TDP. For feature sets, RedGamingTech has a second slide showcasing the following technologies in Battlemage Xe2-HPG discrete graphics:

  • Next generation memory and compression system
  • Improved ray tracing
  • Microarchitecture improvements
  • Next-generation ML-based display technology
  • The latest capabilities of DeepLink
  • Targeting performance/gaming enthusiast

We’ve heard from Intel that the next generation of Battlemage GPUs are much better than what Alchemist is at its current stage and that work on Celestial has begun as well.

The bulk of the silicon team is working on Battlemage architecture and the platform and some software resources have also been done […]

Raja Koduri, President and Executive Vice President, Intel AXG

Most of our ASIC team is in Battlemage. A small part of it on our heavenly future. And then there’s a very small part in Alchemist today, but they’re kind of different job combinations. So like a board, and what I’ll call it, the chip teams are in Alchemist now. Kind of think of it as getting our board right, getting our BIOS right, and doing all the final tuning. But the bulk of our design team is in Battlemage.

Our plan is to start here. Then we add to the top and then we add to the top. And it’s not really hard to understand the strategy because we started with the volume segment of the market, and then we’re going to grow into more high-performing segments over time.

Tom Peterson via PCGamer from Intel

It will be a while before we hear more from Intel since they held their keynote talk at CES 2023 and they didn’t give us any additional update for the Arc GPU family or any new discrete graphics cards but there is a lot going on during the first half of 2023 as the company might give us the big update. Next up for its Arc GPU family.

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Intel ARC gaming GPU lineup

GPU family Intel Xe-HPG Intel Xe2-HPG Intel Xe3-HPG Intel Xe Next Intel X Next Next
GPU products ARC Alchemist GPUs ARC Battlemage GPUs Celestial ARC GPUs ARC Druid GPUs ARC E*** GPUs
GPU part Mainstream games (separate) General / high-end games (separate) General / high-end games (separate) General / high-end games (separate) General / high-end games (separate)
GPU Gen Tech 12 Gen 13? Gen 14? Gen 15? Gen 16?
process node TSMC 6 nm TBD TBD TBD TBD
Specifications / Design 512 EUs / 1 Tile / 1 GPU TBD TBD TBD TBD
memory subsystem GDDR6 TBD TBD TBD TBD
release 2022 2023? 2024? 2025? 2026?

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