Acer makes plenty of gaming hardware, including laptops, desktops, monitors and peripherals. Now it looks like it will enter the graphics card market with a little help from Intel’s Arc A770 GPU. So far, we only have a tweet showing off the Predator BiFrost (opens in a new tab)but that is enough to pique our interest.
Introducing the new @intelgraphics #IntelArc A770 GPU, which we’ve dubbed #PredatorBiFrost. Pave the way for a new generation of great gaming! pic.twitter.com/MmN4rAszItSeptember 30, 2022
The image shows a two and a half slot design with a pair of fans that seem to offer a combination of a blower design with an open air approach. It also features a dual 8-pin power connector, which means it has plenty of juice to play with. The card may even be pushed harder than Intel’s own limited edition version of the A770.
Because this is an Intel Arc A770 GPU (opens in a new tab), we know it’s the best card in Intel’s lineup, which means it has the full ACM-G10 silicon to play with. You are looking at 32 Xe-cores, a 256-bit memory interface, a graphics clock of 2,100MHz, and 225W Total Board Power.
What is not clear at this stage is how much VRAM the card requires. We know that board partners will make cards with 8GB of VRAM, although we should also see 16GB cards from them. So far, MSI, Gunnir, and now Asrock have been announced as official board partners.
This is, of course, assuming that Acer will make these cards available to DIY builders. There’s a reasonable chance these are OEM cards intended only for their Predator desktop systems and not available outside of that, but hey, we can dream.
If these were released, it would be an interesting time for Acer to enter the market, especially as we have seen EVGA announce that it will stop manufacturing graphics cards. (opens in a new tab) recently. It should go without saying that these Intel GPUs are significantly cheaper than the competition, which means that Acer et al. The opportunity to raise prices will be less – not a bad thing.
Intel is set to release its own Limited Edition Arc Alchemist A770 for $349 on October 12 (opens in a new tab)the same day Nvidia releases the GeForce RTX 4090 (opens in a new tab). We don’t have a date for the $329 8GB cards at this stage, though.