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Intel Arc A580 takes aim at RTX 3050, possibly launching soon

Newly discovered Intel Arc A580 specs and images suggest the graphics card may be on store shelves soon, but questions remain concerning its price and value.

The ASRock Arc A580 Challenger OC, a third-party design of the Intel Arc A580 graphics card, against a blue background

Following a year of unexplained absence, new details and images of cooler designs for the Intel Arc A580 are suddenly breaking cover. While an air of mystery still surrounds some parts of the graphics card, such as price, we do now know that it’s being positioned against last generation entry level models such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and AMD Radeon RX 6600.

Many thought the Arc A580 had been unceremoniously cancelled, given how long the Intel Arc A770 and A750 have been available, with no word on the pixel pusher since its initial announcement in September 2022. However, it appears both ASRock and Sparkle may be quietly preparing to release models of the graphics card after all.

Leaker momomo_us shared an image and specs of the ASRock Arc A580 Challenger OC via a post on X (Twitter), claiming a 300MHz overclock versus the stock 1,700MHz clock speeds shared by Intel. Intriguingly, they also point to the graphics card boasting a surprisingly high TDP of 650W.

Shortly following this, momomo_us also shared what appears to be a slide from an official Intel Arc presentation that explicitly name-drops the RTX 3050 and RX 6600 as competing products. Confusingly, the specifications contained in this slide greatly contradict the 650W TDP previously mentioned for a much more believable 225W.

Unfortunately, the pricing of the Intel Arc A580 is ‘TBD’ and we’ll likely see some variance in price points as there’s no sign of a reference design, leaving board partners to stick as close to the MSRP as best they can.

We’ll need to wait until we get hands-on with the Intel Arc A580 before we determine if the graphics card is worth a look, but we hopefully shouldn’t have to wait long now to find out. Given the frequency and detail of the leaks surrounding it, it’s a safe bet that its release date may roll around quite soon.