PCI Express 4.0
|Model||A380 CLI 6G OC|
|Interface||PCI Express 4.0|
|GPU Series||Intel Arc A-Series|
|Core Clock||2250 MHz|
|Effective Memory Clock||15.5 Gbps|
|DirectX||DirectX 12 Ultimate|
|HDMI||1 x HDMI 2.0b|
|DisplayPort||3 x DisplayPort 2.0|
|Max Resolution||7680 x 4320|
|Thermal Design Power||75W|
|Recommended PSU Wattage||500W|
|Features||Small Form Factor Design|
Striped Axial Fan
0dB Silent Cooling
Super Alloy Graphics Card
8K Resolution Support
|Max GPU Length||190 mm|
|Card Dimensions (L x H)||7.48" x 4.88"|
|Slot Width||2 Slots|
1 x Quick Installation Guide
|Date First Available||August 12, 2022|
Pros: Oversized fan and aluminum heatsink for cooling Runs relatively quiet Decent overclocking room Full Asrock support Good performance for price point compared to AMD and Nvidia equivalents
Cons: Buggy drivers still need improvement
Overall Review: This product has intrigued me since launch so when I was able to finally pick one up I did. The card itself is slightly bigger than most "ITX" cards I've encountered with a pretty beefy aluminum heatsink and a slightly larger than average fan. There is zero RGB on this card and it requires one PCIE lead for aux power. Using the newest (as of 8/27/2022) BETA drivers there are still some bugs to work out. I got a few errors trying to run the control software and certain benchmarking programs are problematic like Superposition which stutters quite frequently. Using Timespy, performance is right around 4400 GPU which places it solidly between a 1650 and 1650 super which actually is a good price:performance for this card. This was tested with an 11400 + 2x8GB 3200 ram. I played a bit of World of Warcraft and Fallout 76 at 1080p and performance was right in line which means solid but nor remarkable. 6GB of memory is very capable for 1080p. 1440p is a stretch for many titles depending on settings and 4k is unrealistic obviously. If you're looking for what I think is a solid 1080p card that is still ironing out early adopter bugs and issues, this is a solid choice for what it provides. If you want mature drivers and something that is ready to go across just about every game and suite and/or you seek greater than 1080p gaming, you might do better to look elsewhere. Solid 4/5
Pros: Encoding AV1 & QSV
Cons: I dont recommend for gaming
Overall Review: Fantastic secondary GPU for all your encoding / decoding needs. I bought this as my secondary for streaming (heres hoping AV1 becomes the standard for streaming for everyones case. However intels quick sync video has taken all the stress off of my 1080 when Im streaming and I can stream all my games at their normal FPSs as if Im not streaming. Great purchase for me. Highly recommend.
Pros: If you can only afford one video card for gaming, you would probably be better served to get something with broad compatibility with legacy APIs from AMD / Nvidia. With that said, I think Intel is on the right track and if they stay committed to sorting out compatibility with older APIs, they will have a competitive product. I bought this as a curiosity to see how the first gen GPUs from Intel perform and I plan to hang on to it to see how the drivers improve over time. To Intel's credit, they have been very up front about what to expect from the card and from my experience there were no surprises. Overall, the card works well out of the box, installed in an Asus Prime B460M-A motherboard with an i5-10400. I turned on resizable bar as suggested by Intel to get maximum performance. The driver install is easy and like another reviewer mentioned, I like that you do not need to create an account to install the driver. Make no mistake, this is a budget / entry level card and performance is on the lower end. It will run Apex Legends at 60+ fps without issue, but it struggles a bit with Star Wars BF II which is a little jerky at times. To my surprise, after a rough start, it ran Battlefield 2042 with FPS in the mid 40s but very playable. Again, it is an entry level card and seems closer to a GTX 1650, but without the broad compatibility. The card is efficient, only drawing 55 watts at peak and it runs and quiet.
Overall Review: Good first effort by Intel. Buyer beware if you need compatibility with older titles or games requiring significant gpu performance.
Overall Review: Hoping this will be the first of many Intel dGPUs
Pros: - It's an encoding beast. - Decent overclocking headroom despite tiny heatsink and Arc Control. - The 2nd best performing GPU consistently under $200 new, but without as many hang-ups as the "best" one. - Despite the 8-pin requirement, it sips power unless you start to go off the deep end.
Cons: - Arc Control - Drivers are still in flux, though not as bad as launch day ones. Be prepared for some regressions/odd behavior. - Arc Control - While great for slightly older titles, this class of card isn't going to survive newer games. - Arc Control - Only officially takes 66W max, but requires an 8-pin connector. - Arc Control - No memory overclocking support. - Arc Control - You need a fairly modern system to get the most out of it. Not for drop-in upgrades to your 4770K system.
Overall Review: It's Arc. We've all heard the reviews. We've seen the videos. We've laughed (or cried in my case) at the glitches and the hangs and the crashes. We all want Intel to succeed in an odd role reversal, if only because Nvidia has completely lost its mind in regards to pricing. Some of us are actually crazy enough to give them a chance, and despite a rocky start, I think that Intel is on to something here. When it comes to gaming performance, Intel's efforts on trying to improve it have come a long way. While DX9 performance isn't perfect, Intel's implementation of DXVK has made great strides in making the A380 comparable to other cards in this price range. While initial performance was rocky and very limited, these days I could probably pick most of the games in my Steam library and have a great shot at running them without editing config files. DX12 performance is probably going to be the best you're going to get in this price range new. Cyberpunk 2077 can do ~45 FPS low (with medium textures) at native 1080p without overclocking and about ~50 with some aggressive overclocking. As "impressive" as that sounds though, at least compared to other cards in this price bracket, it's also telling, because newer releases are (finally) starting to move on from the 1060/580 as the baseline for performance and thus these cards are about to get a rude wake-up call when it comes to "playable" performance. I wouldn't buy this or any card new below $200 if you're interested in the absolute latest titles. I really have no idea how XeSS improves performance in regards to real-world gaming since none of my titles support it, but I assume that it might buy you a bit more time with some of the newer releases. While I'm hardly a video encoding expert, I do/did enough to know that Arc is more than capable in this regard now. Though support in Handbrake was really derpy when I bought the A380 two months ago, nowadays it easily achieves 250+ FPS for 1080p transcodes to AV1 and I simply can't see a decent alternative from the competition at this price point in the foreseeable future. If all you're looking for is something to stick in your media server (assuming that it works) and do videos all day, then this is your card. Pretend Arc Control doesn't exist and buy immediately. Overclocking is mostly good, though Intel tries their hardest to make it as convoluted as possible with Arc Control. I can reliably set an offset of 45 "Performance Boost" and 80mV on the voltage curve to hit around 2700 Mhz, which yield about a 10-15% performance boost. After that, blue screens start to happen with quite a bit of regularity. Despite the promise and the requirement of the 8-pin, you can't make the GPU eat up more power than 66W without getting into the third party tool. Even then, spending some time with that often resulted in my poor little card eating up >85W while dropping clocks to 2150 Mhz and raising the temps to dangerous levels. Even then, memory overclocking is currently unsupported and it doesn't seem all that likely that Intel will enable it in the future. Undervolting is also not supported in Arc Control currently, so those of you trying to eek out the best optimizations should just wait and pray that Intel might get around to it. Arc Control and the installation/upgrade process is probably the worst part of this product and if it was in the same state that it was in when I bought it, I would wholeheartedly tell you not to buy this or any Arc product. It was so broken when I initially tried to update my drivers that I had to re-install my computer. Even now on the latest driver, opening the overlay greets me with a web app disguised as a desktop one that can't even display the advertising correctly. There is some rudimentary fan control in the app right now, but you have to edit a JS file just to get fan curves enabled. All-in-all, Arc Control is bad enough that outside of overclocking, you should just try to forget that it exists. If you must purchase a GPU for under $200 and you're not completely limited by power or Re-Bar support, the A380 just might be a decent purchase. It beats the GTX 1650 and RX 6400 in terms of most features and raw performance, though the 6400 has the decency to be available in a single-slot, low-profile version if that's a concern. While there are some minor foibles to be dealt with, Intel really has put in the legwork to make bring out the best in Arc.
Pros: Price/Performance in latest titles is solid
Cons: Older DX9/10 titles suffer. In example, can't get a solid 60+ fps in FEAR @ 1440p Drivers are a bit buggy
Overall Review: I would recommend this GPU to buyers who want a new GPU at an affordable price and are okay with some shortcomings. And who are also extremely tech savvy. I personally mostly older titles with Elden Ring being the only modern game I've been playing this year. Most of my other standbys are Fallout 4, Team Fortress 2, Dark Souls series, Emulators, and indie titles such as Elderborn. In all these games I am able to get very good performance @1440p with Medium or High settings. The driver issues don't bother me too much as I never really feel the desire to open and use the Arc GPU menu (that's not excuse it should work), and I'm okay with playing at 1080p with some lowered detail settings if needed. Cards on the table, I do want to see Intel succeed in the GPU market its been a two player market for more than two decades now. Some competition would be nice. And I feel this is a strong initial offering for the asking price.
Pros: If you're looking for a card that can handle modern games (not just games on DirectX 12 but even on DirectX 11) at decent playable settings then this card maybe for you. Now what do I mean by playable setting? Well, I understand that everyone has different standards of playable, but here I'm defining it as: Being able to play games at 60 FPS minimum with videos settings set to preset Medium. I used Elden Ring and Destiny 2 for this. I know it's not a lot but it's what I had installed. Specs: CPU: Ryzen 9 3900x MB: Asus Prime X570-P RAM: 32GB G.Skill Ripjaws V Storage: 500GB Team Group T-Force PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 850W GT So your results may vary depending on specs and games. And the AV1 codec on the Arc GPU is big relief off of my CPU... well... sometimes... 1/3 of the time. I need a bit more time with it. Still reducing file sizes is a big plus!
Cons: Oh boy where do I start? Well lets get the ugly part out of the way first. And no, I'm not taking about the card itself, but I do have an issue with one aspect that Ill touch on in a bit. The ugly part I'm talking about is Intel's UI for the Arc Controller. It uses and overlay UI much like Nvidia's Shadowplay. You can't click and drag it like you would a normal program window. There's predetermined positions that you have to select in the preferences menu and they're not great. While you are able to change some settings for the card, there is one that is missing and that is fan speed control settings. Which brings me to my next issue, but this time with ASRock part of the card. Now I know that not everyone will agree with me on this, however, not having an option to have the fan running at all times is disappointing. If a part needs cooling and has cooling components (i.e. the fan) then I don't see why there shouldn't be an option to have it running all the time. Even if it was just having a switch on the card itself. And I mean that quite literally! I can't see why there wouldn't be! I'm not an engineer so there probably is some reasoning behind not including one. And this could potentially be fixed by Intel updating their Arc Control program to add in fan control, but who knows when that'll be.
Overall Review: Well it certain is an interesting card with a lot of potential behind it. Though a lot of work is still needed before this and all other Arc GPUs are able to stand on there own. Let alone against Nvidia and even AMD. With AV1 looking to be the future of video codecs (I mean it kinda already is on YouTube. Just look at some of the stats for uploaded videos) it might be worth picking up this card and using it as just an encoder/decoder. Whether it be for exporting videos or streaming. Fair warning though, some programs may or may not play nice with Arc GPUs and some haven't implemented support for Arc's AV1. Looking at you OBS and Premiere! And Nvidia's 40 series is/has launched with both AV1 encoding and decoding, but who knows what those prices will be like for lets say the 4060 or 4050 OR if those will even have AV1 encoding. Overall, if you want a GPU that will get the job done for modern games and you're willing to put up with some of the clunkiness of Intel's Arc Controller then I say go for it! The price is great, has quite a bit of future potential, and it's low enough power that I can have both it and a 2080 or 3080ti running with a 850W PSU! So give it a shot!
Pros: -Insanely great video encode/decode performance for the price. -Better DX12 gaming performance compared to other budget cards. handles MSFS 2020 surprisingly well at 1080P, for example! -ASRock's cooler is reasonably attractive, chill, and very quiet even at full load.
Cons: -Not the most consistent card for DX11 and older games. -REQUIRES a newer system with Resizable BAR support for proper performance so if you have a motherboard/system that's not a modern AMD setup or older than Intel 10th-gen, you should NOT buy this card. It will still function in systems without ReBAR but it'll perform pretty badly. -As of this writing, Folding@Home is not supported on this GPU. According to F@H developers, Intel's driver simply isn't stable enough for emulating FP64 functions at this time, which would require Intel to fix that. -The first ASRock A380 I got was defective, it would only output to like 1/10 monitors. The second one I got works perfectly on all my monitors. -It would be nice for ASRock to made a "non OC" low-profile-capable version of the A380 that doesn't require a 6-pin power connector - the A380 chip has a 75W TDP so I know it's possible.
Overall Review: Intel Arc is intriguing, and we definitely need a 3rd player in the discrete GPU industry, so I'm glad this product exists. Its larger brother the A750 is an insanely good value, although I settled for the A380 since it's just for my secondary system and I don't use it much. At the time of this writing, Intel is bunding a few free games and creative software with its Arc cards. Sadly, some of the software is only for a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month period, it's not forever free. Still, some of the options in the bundle are full versions, which is cool. I wouldn't buy this card just for the included software, but it does make it a better value. I would overall recommend this card, especially if you care about video encode/decode or play mainly DX12 titles or older games that simply aren't intensive enough for the A380's inconsistent DX9-11 performance to be an issue. The competition to the Arc A380 6GB is the AMD RX 6400 4GB. Between the two, this Intel card is overall a better buy in my opinion, but you might want to research your favorite games to see which card will run them better.
Pros: High gaming and desktop usage performance at the given price. Supports total 4 outputs. I heard the HDMI's audio works out of the box on Ubuntu 23.04 but have not tried it.
Cons: limited monitoring tool `sudo intel_gpu_top` without GUI or colors. Intel said they are not improving the tool any time soon.
Overall Review: I installed the GPU and it worked out of the box on Ubuntu 23.04. I don't think the drivers are in older Linux kernels < 6.2.0. My `uname -a ` is "Linux us-threadripper-24cpu-32g 6.2.0-24-generic #24-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT_DYNAMIC Fri Jun 16 12:03:50 UTC 2023 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux" for your reference. NO more Chrome CPU peaking at 100% causing Chrome to crash. no more blank display once a month. No more NVidia proprietary drivers to mess with. Definitely a top choice for Linux admins and users.
Pros: Better video encoder than RTX 4000 or RX 7000, beats my 4090 in quality at same bitrate. ARC drivers are fixed from what I can tell, no glitches/freezes/crashes so far. Low power consumption. More VRAM than similarly priced cards (6GB vs 6500XT 4GB) Cheap
Cons: Heatsink is cheap extruded aluminum but the power limit maxes out at 66w for this board in ARC Control so its not that important.
Overall Review: Had it for 5 months now with no problems to report.