Intel Arc A350M GPU finally tested, slower than GTX 1650, up to 2.2GHz clock

Intel Arc A350M tested on Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro

As we reported earlier today, Intel Arc A-series mobile GPUs is currently available exclusively for the South Korean market. Here’s a Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro laptop that comes with optional Arc A350M graphics.

As it turns out, there are actually reviewers in the country who were able to find and test such a laptop, essentially becoming the first in the world to test the Intel Arc GPU.

Samsung Book2 Pro with A350M GPU, Source: bullslab

tech reviewer bullslab from Jeoljit Research Institute (뻘짓연구소) is testing a Samsung laptop with product code NT950XEV-G51A. This model features a Core i5-1240P Alder Lake 12-core and 16-thread CPU. It also packs 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a 1080p 60Hz AMOLED display, and weighs just 1.17kg. More importantly, it comes with the Arc A350M mobile GPU with 4GB of RAM. The A350M is the lowest tier SKU in the Arc Alchemist series and features an ACM-G11 GPU with 768 shaders and a 64-bit memory bus.

Intel Arc A350M GPU, Source: bullslab

When preparing the system for testing (driver updates), the tester immediately notices that this process will be confusing for first-time users. This is particularly an issue for the GPU drivers, which for some reason have their own branch for Arc GPUs. These drivers are older than the latest branch for all integrated GPUs (30.0.101.132 vs. 30.0.101.1660). To make matters worse, Intel’s own graphics panel (not Arc Control) doesn’t show the correct name of the GPU, instead showing “Unknown 5694”.

Intel Arc A350M GPU, Source: bullslab

A350M 30W slower than GTX 1650 50W

In the 3DMark test, the Arc A350M is faster than the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 with 25W TDP, but significantly slower than the GTX 1650. However, this is not the lowest Max-Q variant (it would make much more sense to have a 35W Max-Q compare version here), so this is not an apples-to-apples comparison. The GPU struggles to output more than 200 points in the Port Royal ray tracing benchmark, but then the GTX or MX series don’t offer RT hardware acceleration, so this is still a win for the Arc GPU.

Intel Arc A350M GPU in 3DMark, source: bullslab

Up to 2.2 GHz clock in games and low GPU usage

The tester noticed a few anomalies in the gaming tests, such as a relatively low GPU load from tested games and a not very stable GPU clock. This is particularly evident on the PUBG test, which exhibits a lot of stuttering but the core frequency remains at 2.2 GHz. In contrast, for games with low GPU requirements like League of Legends, the GPU utilization is relatively low and the frame rate is still good (~70 FPS in Overwatch or ~100 in LOL). All games were tested at 1080p resolution and low settings (judging by the quality).

Intel Arc A350M GPU in games, source: bullslab

The reviewer points out some graphical glitches in games or some games not working at all (like Forza Horizon 5 and COD Cold War). The Intel graphics team clearly has a lot of work to do. Not to mention actually making Arc GPUs available to customers in other countries.

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To update: There are two more reviews here and here. We’ve attached the 3DMark results from those with the same Arc A350M GPU:

Intel Arc A350M GPU 3Dmark tests, Source: 사도될까, YOUTUBE MYWATT



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