According to B&H Photo Video, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro notebook with Intel Arc Alchemist discrete graphics chip was briefly offered on Thursday. Listing shows that Samsung is a popular PC manufacturer that has adopted Intel’s independent graphics card. A $50 premium for a separate GPU seems to be all Samsung is asking for its most expensive laptops year after year.
An Arc graphics processor based on Intel’s Xe-HPG architecture and referring to Intel’s DG2 family, which we discovered from the now-pulled ad at B&H PhotoVideo for $1,349.99, is of course the main characteristic we spotted. For content production and gaming demands, the Intel Arc GPU it employs is optimized, according to the ad. When it comes to offloading content creation tasks from the graphics cards, however, Intel’s Iris Max (an Intel DG1 GPU with a Xe-LP architecture) was designed specifically for this purpose.
Arc Graphics is built on the Xe HPG architecture and includes ray tracing and AI-powered characteristics, according to the product details. For intensive applications like video editing, streaming, or playing games, the discrete GPU works hand in hand with the processor’s integrated graphics to increase speed and power efficiency.”
As of this writing, B&H was selling the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro laptop, which features a 15.6-inch Full HD AMOLED display at $1,349.99. Featuring an Intel 12th-generation 12-core CPU (four high-performance cores and eight energy-efficient cores running at a base rate of 2.10GHz) and 16GB of LPDDR5X-6400 ram, the system also has a 512GB SSD with a PCIe 4.0 interface and claims a battery life of up to 23 hours on a charge.
On March 30, 2022, Intel expects to officially launch its Arc graphics cards for laptops.