For content creation, Intel Arc GPUs have nothing to do with NVIDIA GeForce

For content creation, Intel Arc GPUs have nothing to do with NVIDIA GeForce ...

Intel Arc, the company''s doomed and disgruntled new graphics cards, has taken a beating in the most recent benchmark testing done by Puget Systems (opens in a new tab).

The custom PC builder discovered that performance compared to the popular NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 was less than spectacular.

Although Intels GPUs are primarily focused on gaming, content creation is sometimes a secondary concern, according to the firm, "we ran into a number of situations where we were lacking software support, or where a planned feature wasn''t quite working very well."

Creating content (slowly)

DaVinci Resolve - our top pick for best free video editing software - results showed both Arc graphics cards struggled when they were tested against the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB. Overall, the NVIDIAs offering was found to be 20-30% faster than either.

GeForce out-performed the competition once more, with effects processing 10-20% faster and debrayering around half faster.

When it came to H.264 encoding and decoding, it was almost a competition at all. The GeForce RTX 3060 out-stripped Intels duo, with near-identical results when decoding on the Nvidia GPU and Intel''s iGPU.

Puget Systems revealed that when compared to Intel''s Arc card and the iGPU (with Resolve set to use "Intel Quick Sync" for decoding), performance was slightly reduced than with the iGPU or NVDEC, according to the RTX 3060."

"Performance was even lower if we only used the Arc card (with the iGPU disabled)"

The company found the Arc A770 as the core i9 12900K 43% faster than the native encoder, and the Intel iGPU is 32% faster.

The Intel Arc A750 on the other hand was less speedy, but the results show some potential, according to the company.

Benchmarks were also created in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Unreal Engine, and the most advanced 3D modeling and animation software Blender.

In After Effects, the A770 readily competes (but couldn''t quite beat) the GeForce card in both Adobe''s premium video editor and its VFX software. The A750 achieved slightly less, but maintained its own. Especially in Premiere Pro, however, Puget Systems maintained that CPU is much more important.

Unreal Engine - which hints at Intels intention to attract non- gamers but also game developers - found that the Arc A770 is about 8.5% faster than the NVIDIA RTX 3060, while the A750 is 7% slower."

Both Intel Arc GPUs were on a massively poor performance, leaving NVIDIA the only game in the country when it comes to professional rendering.

Despite concerns that Arc GPUs offered a sub-par experience for content creators, Puget Systems found that video editing benefitted from Intel''s Deep Link Technology, which allows Arc dGPU and Intel''s iGPU to collaborate.