I’m shocked how good this $180 GPU is

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Intel Arc A580

MSRP $180.00

“The Intel Arc A580 is the account GPU PC gamers accept been allurement for.”

Pros

  • 60 fps gaming at 1080p
  • Readily accessible below $200
  • Supports Intel's XeSS
  • Dual slot

Cons

  • Driver issues
  • Power-hungry

If I had to sum up the year in PC gaming in a distinct trend, it would be that cartoon cards are aloof too expensive. It feels like, alike amid the best cartoon cards, you’re accepting beneath frames for your dollar. Intel’s Arc A580 is one of the few exceptions, and it’s shockingly acceptable for the price.

It’s $180, which is a amount that AMD and Nvidia abandoned a few years ago. And it’s a accurate account GPU, a crammer 1080p cartoon agenda that will aloof comedy your amateur after any adorned accretion and whistles. It has a few problems, and I’m still afraid about apace advising an Intel GPU, but if you’re on a austere account and don’t apperception active on the bend of approaching support, the A580 fills a gap that added brands aloof aren’t touching.

Meet the A580

The aback of the Intel Arc A580 GPU.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

Intel didn’t accomplish a burst with the A580 like it did with the A750 and A770, so let me get you acquainted. It’s $180 at account price, admitting I’ve apparent some models bead bottomward to $170l.

You can see how it endless up to the blow of the ambit below. You’re accepting best of the cores of the $230 Arc A750, but with a hardly lower alarm acceleration and lower all-embracing ability draw. The key blueprint actuality is the 8GB of VRAM, which is abundant to see on such an bargain GPU.

A770 A750 A580 A380
Xe Cores 32 28 24 8
XMX Engines 512 448 384 128
Ray archetype cores 32 28 24 8
Clock speed 2,100MHz 2,050MHz 1,700MHz 2,000MHz
VRAM 8/16GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6
Memory bus 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 96-bit
PCIe interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x8
Power draw 225W 225W 175W 75W
List price $330 (8GB), $350 (16GB) $230 $180 $140

AMD’s aftermost attack at a GPU about this amount — the abominable RX 6500 XT — came with a beggarly 4GB of VRAM for $200. As I’ll get to in my benchmarks, some avant-garde amateur still accent 8GB of VRAM, as we’ve apparent with added big-ticket GPUs like the RTX 4060 Ti.

As mentioned, AMD and Nvidia don’t accept a GPU this bearing that anon competes with the A580, but there’s one earlier GPU accessible about the aforementioned price. AMD’s RX 6600 is affairs for about $200, which is still amid $20 and $30 added big-ticket than the A580. Other account options like the RTX 3050 and RX 6600 XT aren’t absolutely in the chat because they advertise for about $230. At that price, you’re bigger off with Intel’s Arc A750.

Performance

The A580 has a abundant price, but how about performance? It’s not a showstopper, but it’s adamantine to apprehend that at this price. What you’re accepting for $180 is achievement aloft 60 frames per additional (fps) at 1080p with Ultra settings in best games, which is absolutely the mark a GPU in this chic should hit.

Starting with 3DMark, the A580 looks insane. It assault accomplished AMD’s RX 6600, which is its best absolute competition, and it alike manages to beat the Nvidia RTX 3060 and AMD RX 7600, both of which advertise for abutting to $300. However, the A750 additionally posts these aerial results. Based on accomplished Arc GPUs I’ve tested, they appearance abundant college achievement in 3DMark than aggressive GPUs. We can see how that’s the case back digging into the absolute amateur I tested.

The scripts are addled back attractive at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with the two Arc GPUs actuality baffled by aggregate else. That’s not hasty because all of these cards are added big-ticket than the A580, but it’s a bigger analogy of area the GPU acreage with performance. The upside actuality is that you’re accepting best of the achievement of the A750, aloof for $50 cheaper. The aforementioned was accurate in Forza Horizon 5 and Hogwarts Legacy, area the two Intel GPUs acquaint identical performance. And in all three cases, we’re seeing achievement aloft 60 fps with maxed-out settings.

We charge to abode the RX 6600 comparison, though, because that GPU looks abundant faster in these three games. Looking at titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Red Dead Redemption 2, however, the A580 absolutely manages a baby win. Similarly, in Horizon Zero Dawn, the A580 and RX 6600 are analogously matched. I accept the RX 6600 still manages a baby achievement advance all-embracing back attractive above the apartment of amateur I tested, but it’s additionally amid $20 and $30 added big-ticket than the A580.

Arc A580 achievement in Returnal.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

Moving assimilate some newer titles, the A580 edges afterpiece to that 60 fps mark. In Returnal, it aloof managed to canyon 60 fps, acceptation you’ll see some dips during absolute gameplay. It’s not too big of an affair because I’m testing at the accomplished cartoon preset with no upscaling abetment from Intel’s own XeSS or AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). But for newer, added ambitious titles, the A580 may not cantankerous that 60 fps band with all of the settings angry up.

It additionally runs into issues in areas that are abundant on the VRAM. Unfortunately, 8GB is still limiting, alike at 1080p, which you can see in both The Last of Us Part 1 and Resident Evil 4. The Last of Us Part 1 is abnormally interesting, as you can see the RTX 3060 shoot advanced of the added cards due it to packing 12GB of VRAM.

That limitation is able for a $180 cartoon card, abnormally back attractive at Nvidia’s RTX 4060 at $300 and AMD’s RX 7600 at $280. The affliction case in these VRAM-limited titles is that you’ll charge to bang bottomward to the High preset.

Overall, the A580 still provides acute performance. You’ll administer about 60 fps in amateur from the aftermost few years at the accomplished cartoon settings. And for added popular, beneath ambitious PC amateur like Lethal Company, Rust, and Counter-Strike 2, you can apprehend far college anatomy rates. It’s important to admit the limitations of this GPU so you can assignment aural them, though.

Newer games, decidedly those that angular on the ambitious ancillary of things like Alan Wake 2, will acceptable accomplish you compromise. That may beggarly blurred your cartoon settings or attractive to upscaling depending on the game. Ray tracing is mostly out of the question, too. The A580 is able of ray tracing, but you’ll acceptable charge to achieve for a 30 fps ambition with ray archetype angry on. Even then, in some games, you’ll charge to bead your settings. This is a 1080p cartoon agenda that’s best adequate at High to Ultra settings after ray tracing, and for the price, that’s all I can ask for.

Driver issues

Intel Arc logo on the Arc A580 GPU.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

Performance is actual acceptable for the A580 because the price, but there’s a big agency in acrimonious up an Intel GPU. There are still issues with its drivers. Intel has fixed the majority of achievement problems due to its drivers, generally absolution new updates that bifold or alike amateur achievement in titles that acclimated to attempt with the GPUs. Intel is still abysmal in a bold of whack-a-mole, though, which agency you may occasionally blunder aloft a bold with lower achievement than you’d expect.

A abundant archetype of that is Starfield. At launch, Intel GPUs inexplicably wouldn’t barrage the game. The appellation works now, but with far lower achievement than you’d apprehend out of the GPU. These situations aren’t common, but they appear abundant that it’s account pointing out. If you’re absorbed in the A580 and there’s a accurate bold you appetite to play, I awful acclaim attractive for a YouTube video or article assuming the achievement of the agenda in that game. No analyst can analysis every bold with every GPU, but you can apprentice a lot from the swath of benchmarks accessible on the internet.

In addition, detached cartoon is still a new adventure for Intel. Arc is the aboriginal generation, and although Intel has committed to absolution at atomic four ancestors of GPUs, it’s accessible that will change. That doesn’t automatically accomplish the A580 a bad buy, but it doesn’t accept absolutely the aforementioned blockage ability as an Nvidia or AMD GPU, at atomic appropriate now. Be able to advancement in a few years regardless.

Plenty of 1080p power

Fans on the Intel Arc A580 GPU.Jacob Roach / Digital Trends

We’ve been affliction for a accurate account cartoon card. Even because some disciplinarian apropos with the A580, it’s a account cartoon agenda that delivers 60 fps at 1080p in best games. You can realistically body a PC with this GPU for about $600, which is a mark that PCs haven’t been to hit for a few years. That’s apprenticed by the A580, as the amount of access with best avant-garde GPUs is at atomic $300, and that’s afore you get to all of your added components.

It will be outclassed in a few years as amateur become added ambitious and cheaper GPUs become added powerful, but it fills a aperture appropriate now that AMD and Nvidia are ignoring. It can handle failing amateur with affluence while still alms playable anatomy ante in added ambitious titles, and we haven’t had a GPU that hits a antithesis like that in a few years.

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