Intel’s first standalone graphics card, the Arc A series, has been officially released, and ASRock is fully backing the launch with their own “Arc A770 Phantom Gaming D 8GB OC” overclocking graphics card. This card is aimed at mainstream 2K and 1440p entry-level gamers. With the latest Xe HPG architecture, support for DX12, ray tracing, AI-driven XeSS upgrade technology, AV1 encoding, and other new features, it can be considered the best new architecture graphics card in the current era.
Graphics Core: Intel Arc A770
Bus Specification: PCIe 4.0 x16
GPU Clock: 2200 MHz
Xe Core Count: 32
Optical Tracing Unit: 32
XMX Engine: 512
Memory: 8GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 16Gbps
Memory Interface: 256 -bit
output interface: 3 x DisplayPort 2.0, 1 x HDMI 2.1
Power input: 2 x 8-pin
Recommended power supply: 700W up
Dimensions: 305 x 131 x 56mm, 2.8-slot
ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming unpacking/ Full version of fin three-fan pressing
ASRock has introduced the “Arc A770 Phantom Gaming D 8GB OC” graphics card, which features its own Phantom Gaming 3X cooling system. The card boasts a central Polychrome RGB fan and Phantom Gaming RGB branding on the side. The design features a black background with red accents and RGB lighting. The card is part of ASRock’s Phantom Gaming lineup.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card utilizes the Xe HPG microarchitecture, featuring 32 cores and 32 ray tracing units, and 512 XMX engines. It has an overclocked default clock frequency of 2200MHz and is equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. It requires 2 PCIe 8-pin power connectors and a recommended power supply of 700W or higher.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card has a size of 30.5cm in length and 13.1cm in height and occupies 2.8 slots space. It has the ability to output to up to 4 screens simultaneously and has 3 DisplayPort 2.0 and 1 HDMI 2.1 output interface. This graphics card is not only designed for 2K entry-level gamers, but it is also currently the most affordable option that supports AV1 hardware encoding.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card features 3 fans, the middle one having Polychrome RGB lighting effects and transparent fan blades, while the other two have black fan blades. The design includes low-key black lines and red lines, and it measures 30.5cm in length, making it compatible with most computer cases.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card has a height of 13.1cm, thanks to its expanded cooling fins. On the side, there are RGB lighting effects for Phantom Gaming and the words “Intel ARC.” The card features a compact circuit board design and requires two PCIe 8-pin power connectors. It also has a stylish metal backplate on the back, which enhances the passive cooling for the memory.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card has a total of 4 output options, 3 DisplayPort 2.0 and 1 HDMI 2.1, that allows connecting up to 4 screens simultaneously.
When disassembling the Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card, it is revealed that the compact circuit board design allows for the airflow to pass directly through the radiator. The radiator is then fixed to the metal backplane. However, it is recommended to use a support bracket when installing the card horizontally to prevent bending due to gravity.
The Arc A770 graphics card is built with a 6nm process ACM-G10 core, which is surrounded by 8 GDDR6 memory particles. It has 32 cores, 512 shaders, 32 ray tracing units, and 512 XMX engines.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card features a direct touch radiator design with a copper base that makes contact with the GPU. The heat pipes are arranged neatly on top of the copper base and guide the heat to the front and rear cooling fins to enhance the heat dissipation performance.
ASRock Polychrome SYNC lighting effect control software
The lighting effects of the Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card can be controlled through the ASRock Polychrome SYNC software. The fan at the front of the card and the Phantom Gaming lettering on the side both have RGB lighting effects.
ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming Performance Benchmark Test
The performance of the Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card was tested using an Intel Core i9-13900K, ASRock Z790 Taichi, and dual-channel DDR5 16GB*2-6000 memory. Range overclocking and Resizable Bar functions were enabled during the test, which included running 3DMark and playing 1440p AAA games with DXR.
Processor: Intel Core i9-13900K
Motherboard: ASRock Z790 Taichi
Memory: G.SKILL TRIDENT Z5 NEO DDR5-6000 16GBx2
Display Card: ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming
System Disk: Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Radiator: Phanteks Glacier One 360MPH
power supply: Seasonic PRIME PX-1000
Operating system: Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64bit, Resizable BAR On
Driver version: 220.127.116.1159
According to GPU-Z, the ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card uses an ACM-G10 GPU with a 6nm process, 512 rendering cores, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. The GPU default clock frequency is 2400 MHz, it uses a PCIe 4.0 x16 interface bandwidth, the driver version is 18.104.22.16859, and the Resizable BAR function is enabled.
In the 3DMark Fire Strike performance test, the Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card scored 30,575 points in the mainstream 1080p resolution, DirectX 11 API test scenario. The 1440p Extreme test scored 15,385 points, and the higher 4K 2160p resolution Ultra test scored 7,385 points.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card scored 14,546 points in the 3DMark Time Spy test, which is a DirectX 12 API scenario and is also at the AAA game level. The 1440p Time Spy Extreme test scored 7,224 points.
The 3DMark Port Royal test for ray tracing, which incorporates technologies such as DXR for ray tracing in AAA games, the Arc A770 Phantom Gaming graphics card, achieved a score of 7268 points. As for the XeSS test, it showed a 50% performance improvement at 2K resolution. Lastly, in the newly launched Speed Way test, which is fully ray-traced, the card scored 2426 points.
ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming – 4 gaming games performance test
All four e-sports games, “Rainbow Six: Siege”, “League of Legends”, “APEX Legends,” and “CS:GO,” are heavily skill-based and require teamwork. They are tactical and competitive and have first-person shooting and DOTA-style gameplay elements. These games have a high frame rate, typically over 100 frames per second, even when graphics quality and details are not set to the highest level.
The Arc A770 has solid performance in e-sports games when played at 1440p resolution. Specifically, it averages 281 FPS in “CS:GO”, 111 FPS in “APEX Legends”, 401 FPS in “League of Legends,” and 209 FPS in “Rainbow Six: Siege”. This performance level is sufficient to provide the high frame rate experience that e-sports games require.
ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming – 12 Games Performance Test
The average performance of 11 AAA games was tested at 1440p with full special effects. The test only included the use of ray tracing in F1 2021, while the rest of the games were tested without ray tracing or acceleration to measure the GPU’s traditional rendering performance in these games.
The list of games tested included the entry-level racing game “F1 2021” and “Forza Horizon 5”, the adventure game “Tomb Raider: Shadow”, the action-adventure game “Death Stranding”, the shooter game “Gears of War 5”, the RPG “The Division 2”, “Horizon: Zero Dawn” and other games that are demanding on performance such as “Borderland 3”, “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla”, “Hitman 2” and “God of War”.
The Arc A770 achieves an average frame rate of 72.9 FPS in 1440p and AAA games. All games have playable performance. However, in “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” and “God of War,” the frame rate falls below 60 FPS, which may be improved with future driver optimizations from Intel. The graphics card’s performance can be further enhanced after the widespread adoption of XeSS acceleration technology.
ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming – 9 ray-chasing DXR game tests
I will run 9 performance tests on the latest DXR games, including “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, “Cyberpunk 2077”, “Watch Dogs: Legion”, “Evil Castle Village”, “Spider-Man: Miles Morales”, “Spider-Man: Remaster”, “Ghost of Tsushima”, and “Far Cry 6”. The tests will be conducted at 1440p resolution with the highest settings for special effects and ray tracing and will also include XeSS and FSR acceleration. The chart will provide more detailed information on the settings used.
The Arc A770 can achieve an average of 61 FPS in 1440p ray-tracing games, such as “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” with an average of 66 FPS, and “Spider-Man: Remaster” with an average of 68 FPS. It can handle the demands of next-generation ray-tracing games, but it may struggle with games like “Cyberpunk 2077” with an average of 41 FPS and “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” with an average of 37 FPS.
Regarding ray tracing, performance mainly depends on the level of special effects used in the game. However, XeSS and FSR acceleration can still provide good performance. In the future, better performance can be expected with driver optimization from the Intel team to ensure sufficient performance across all games.
ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming power consumption and temperature
The power consumption and temperature of the graphics card will be tested using the Time Spy Stress test, Furmark, and “Cyberpunk 2077” as the testing tools. To measure power consumption, the PACT tool provided by NVIDIA will be used to monitor the wattage provided by the PCIe slot and the 12V power supply.
The Arc A770 Phantom Gaming stress test has a maximum temperature of 61°C, and the overall cooling performance can be considered to be quite good.
The Time Spy Stress test and Furmark test have a high power consumption of 261W, and the “Cyberpunk 2077” game consumes 181W. It is recommended that players use a power supply of at least 700W when building the computer to ensure sufficient power.
The ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming has an attractive Phantom Gaming 3-fan cooling design, which includes a copper base, heat pipes, and large heat dissipation fins that provide excellent heat dissipation for the GPU. The A770 also offers good performance for entry-level 1440p gaming and has a competitive price point.
While ASRock is heavily invested in supporting Intel’s Arc GPUs, the market is currently dominated by Intel’s reference cards which will play a role in determining the success of ASRock’s self-made card in the future. Intel is expected to continue optimizing the drivers to improve game performance for Arc players. The hope is that in the future, the launch of an Arc 4K GPU graphics card will give ASRock a chance to make a bigger impact in the market. It’s not impossible for them to make a significant impact in the industry.
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Title: Unboxing and testing the ASRock Arc A770 Phantom Gaming D 8GB OC graphics card, a cost-effective option for beginners at 2K resolution