MSI’s first Intel graphics card is a low-profile Arc A380
An MSI-branded Intel Arc A380 graphics card has appeared online. This is the first example of one of the big three AIBs. This is therefore an important find, even though the board is not available as a separate retail product, only as a component of pre-built MSI systems.
MSI’s first Intel graphics card in the form of the Arc A380 graphics card is a low-profile, or LP, model. It seems a fitting choice for its 75W design. We’ve reviewed previous MSI LP designs with Nvidia and AMD GPUs, and while many also use two small fans, the cooling shroud design is new to Intel Arc. It’s pleasingly sculpted but minimal, and we wonder if Intel had a hand in the design.
MSI is the first AIB to ship an Arc A380 with a reference GPU and memory clocks. This probably helped it meet the 75W TDP and may mean it’s fully bus-powered (it won’t need an extra power connector from your PSU). If so, but MSI’s specs don’t confirm it, this might be a good choice for those upgrading PCs with no spare power connectors available. Previous A380 models from Gunnir and ASRock require an additional 8-pin power connector.
We expect the MSI Arc A380 LP to run slower than its competitors’ OC examples. For example, its GPU runs 20% slower than the Gunnir and 10% slower than the ASRock models we’ve seen.
MSI desktop systems contain Arc A380 GPUs, discovered by VideoCardz (opens in a new tab)and retail at Chinese electronics retailer JD.com (opens in a new tab). The most powerful and modern option available uses an Intel Core i5-12400F processor, with the aforementioned Arc A380, and presents itself as a machine for eSports titles or cybercafé style games. However, there are other processor choices, such as the Core i3-10105F or i5-10400F for those with smaller budgets or more modest needs. All systems are equipped with MSI Bomber motherboards (H510M or H610M, depending on processor generation). The price of these systems ranges from the local equivalent of $530 to $650.
There have also been recent rumors that at least one major AIB has stopped production of Arc graphics cards due to “quality” issues.