The Intel Arc GPU deployment was a a convoluted and checkered process, surrounded on all sides by delays and leaks. But the Arc A380 discrete desktop card is finally coming to the US market starting at $129, and some new information suggests that it might not be Intel’s most budget-friendly desktop GPU.

Alexey Nikolaychuk, the developer responsible for MSI Afterburner, has released an image of the as-yet-unannounced Intel Arc A3 GPU, which will use a single I/O slot and be powered directly from the motherboard’s PCIe slot, meaning it doesn’t need additional power cables. This seems to put it in competition with AMD Radeon RX 6400 video cardwhich retails for $159.

The as-yet-unnamed Arc GPU (which will most likely be an A320 or A310) is currently priced at around $300, and we don’t yet know what it will look like – the version photographed by Nikolaychuk has a secondary 3D- attached to it printed cooler – but we can assume that it will be a “low-profile” GPU that will easily fit into compact PC cases.

The unnamed Arc GPU is significantly smaller than current generation RTX cards. (Image: Ilya Karneychuk/Twitter)

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