Intel A770 Graphics Card (GPU) Discussion Thread

New Intel A770 GPU arrived today.

  1. Installation
    Install was easy.
    Ran DDU prior to initial power up of GPU.
    PC booted fine with default MS driver.
    Ran “Intel-Driver-and-Support-Assistant-Installer.exe” to install the driver and Intel Graphics Control Panel.

  2. Initial boot with A770 was fine.

  3. FS2020
    FS2020 loaded fine.
    Previous settings were no problem.
    Graphics smooth.
    4K Ultra, DX12, TAA, Render Scaling =100, V-SYNC=on,
    Frame Rate = 100% monitor (60Hz)
    Terrain LoD=4, Object LoD=9

  4. Flying WT CJ4
    Graphics are wonderful and WT CJ4 handles very smoothly.
    4K Ultra with TLoD=4 & OLoD=9 provides a FPS of mid 20s which I expected.
    The factor that interested me the most is the 16 GB of VRAM.
    It is running with 90% VRAM (15 GB) and CPU usage at around 10% (i9-9900K).

  1. GPU Statistics
    Running cool at around 70 degrees C.
    Power draw at around 170 watts.
    Sound level is silent while flying.

A770 -  T LoD-4, O LoD-9

  1. Conclusion
    Very pleased.
    Exactly what I wanted.
    I fly for the eye candy, not FPS.
    But you can lower the LoDs for FPS if you want.
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I was curious and checked and found that my 1080 has a higher speed rank (though it does not support some of the newer features) than this card. I am excited Intel is in the game now and look forward to them launching their first high end card, if they decide to. For folks on pre-1080-level cards though, this is a very fairly priced upgrade given that even old nvidia cards are still overpriced. Also nice to know this card is silent, my 1080 is LOUD when running MSFS :laughing:

This is good information! Have you experienced any crashes so far, either inside the simulator, or outside in other apps? I ask because the driver seems to be the primary reason why most steer clear of a new card. It would be interesting to learn the performance with Intel’s Xess, if that can be employed in MSFS yet (it wasn’t clear to me if it can be used for applications that do not, as yet, support its full capabilities).

No crashes inside FS2020. outside or PC or other apps.
Win11 22H2, Chrome Browser, Office 365, Word & Excel.

Don’t know about Xess yet. There is no option in FS2020 to select it yet.

A warning screen displays when FS2020 starts that states:
“This PC is not suitable for …”
It expects either a Nvidia or AMD graphics card.
Click it and it goes away. FS2020 starts.

Here is the GPUZ statistics for this GPU on my PC.

It appears to be rock solid.

I have FS2020 up to T LoD=6 & O LoD=9.
FPS down to around 15.
But, it flies smooth with 15 GB VRAM usage and not much usage on my i9-9900K CPU.

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Sounds and looks quite good for the money! I see NewEgg has them in stock again. It will be interesting to see what Intel does next.

Ok you enabled Resizable BAR as I can see thanks to GPU-Z. That’s the question I had as it seems to be mandatory to get the whole power of this card.

That’s a pretty good GPU as far as I saw with all reports about it. Congrat, good catch!

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Results of VRAM usage for the A770 16 GB.
Edited on 11/01/2020 with an update for 747-800 & A320neo.
Edited on 11/02/2022 with new data and format
Edited on 11/05/2022 with Youtube video of IFR/ILS flight in the WTCJ4
Edited on 11/15/2022 - SU11 with A310 added

FS2020 - 1.29.28.0, SU11

Youtube Video - 11/15/2022 SU11 Final 
4K, Ultra, DX12, TAA - IFR/ILS flight from KJFK to KEWR via Teterboro 
FPS = 25
https://youtu.be/RZy9VTudZIs


STATISTICS
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Intel ARC GPU A770 LE, 16GB 
i9-9900K, Z390 MB, 64GB
4K (3840x2160), Ultra, DX12, TAA
Render Scaling=100, HDR=Off, VSYNC=on
Sitting on runway at New York Kennedy Airport, KJFK

Statistics from SU11 Beta (A310 from SU11)
XB = Xbox Game Bar Performance Statistics
TM = Task Manager Performance Statistics 
T=Terrain, O=Object (set in UserCfg.opt) 1=100, 9=900
* = value from XB only

Cessna CJ4 (WT)
Boeing 747-800
Airbus A320neo, A310

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A                   4K UHD (3840x2160)                    A                                                           
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              CPU
            -------  *   *       *       *  
      LoDs   XB  TM RAM GPU    VRAM     FPS
    ------- --- --- --- --- ----------- --- 
CJ4 T=1 O=1  5% 21% 26% 88% 57% ( 9 GB)  30
CJ4 T=1 O=9  5% 31% 24% 81% 55% ( 9 GB)  30
CJ4 T=2 O=9  5% 31% 25% 85% 62% (10 GB)  30   
CJ4 T=3 O=9  5% 25% 27% 72% 67% (11 GB)  27
CJ4 T=4 O=9  6% 27% 28% 73% 75% (12 GB)  25
CJ4 T=5 O=9  7% 28% 29% 71% 78% (13 GB)  22
CJ4 T=6 O=9  5% 31% 31% 74% 87% (14 GB)  21 VRAM=97% flying
CJ4 T=7 O=9  7% 30% 34% 76% 86% (14 GB)  18 VRAM=99% flying

    ------- --- --- --- --- ----------- --- 
747 T=4 O=9  6% 27% 36% 64% 95% (15 GB)  17 VRAM=87% flying

    ------- --- --- --- --- ----------- --- 
320 T=4 O=9  7% 31% 37% 61% 92% (14 GB)  19

    ------- --- --- --- --- ----------- --- 
310 T=4 O=9  5% 29% 31% 61% 81% (13 GB)  14 


       CJ4 with AMD AA=FSR 2, FSR=Proformance
 Note: Intel XeSS is not available in FS2020 Options yet 
      LoDs   XB  TM RAM GPU    VRAM     FPS
    ------- --- --- --- --- ----------- --- 
CJ4 T=4 O=9  6% 29% 28% 79% 88% (14 GB)  23 VRAM=97% flying


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B                   2K QHD (2560x1440)                    B                                                                                     
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              CPU
            -------  *   *       *       *  
      LoDs   XB  TM RAM GPU    VRAM     FPS
    ------- --- --- --- --- ----------- --- 
CJ4 T=4 O=9  6% 35% 23% 66% 51% (08 GB)  29   


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C                   1K FHD (1920x1080)                    C                                                                                     
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
             CPU
            -------  *   *       *       *  
      LoDs   XB  TM RAM GPU    VRAM     FPS
    ------- --- --- --- --- ----------- --- 
CJ4 T=1 O=1 11% 27% 25% 85% 43% (07 GB)  40
CJ4 T=4 O=9 14% 31% 29% 83% 59% (09 GB)  26


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D                       Summary                           D
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For each entry:
1. UserCfg.opt edited with LoD values and then set to Read Only. 
2. FS2020 started.
3. Load the same saved Flight Plan (IFR/ILS KJFK to KEWR). 
4. Read the statistics while sitting on the runway 
 ready for takeoff in External View.
5. Exit to Desktop.

The A770 LE 16GB is very stable in FS2020 with 
WTCJ4, 747-800, A320neo flown so far. 

Many flights now and no errors in FS2020.
Smooth flights.
Great scenery.

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Just one thing … wouldn’t you be better off with a PCIe-4.0 cpu (and mainboard)?
Don’t panic, I doubt there’s that much difference except for benchmarking.

Yes, but can’t afford the upgrade cost of MB, CPU, M.2 NVMe SSDs even if I try to stay with my 64 GB of 3600 RAM.
Plus Power Supply.

I was very interested in the Intel LE ARC A770 16 GB GPU because
it has the 16 Gb of VRAM.

The cost is good.
I fly for eye candy, graphics, and not FPS.

This GPU is just perfect for me.

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Intel says your CPU isn’t compatible?

The issue is not the CPU.

The issue deals with the PCIe on the motherboard.
The motherboard hardware and BIOS must support the Re-Bar feature.

My Gigabyte Z390 MB needed a BIOS update for Re-Bar.
The BIOS then has the 4G something that must be enabled and then you can enable the Re-Bar feature.

Re-Bar has to do with transferring data in large blocks from
the CPU to the GPU.

Intel stated their restriction to Intel 10th & 11 gen systems
because they had the Re-Bar feature available on those MBs.

Intel also requested the MB vendors to issue new BIOS to older MBs if possible .

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Sorry as I was simplifying I meant 9th gen CPU’s and their main-boards.

It is quite odd that Intel excluded 9th generation platform in general as most Z390 boards have a R-BAR and 4G with a bios update … as I have said before … this has in the past never stopped Intel with an asterisk of sorts on a release as in requiring an update for ReBAR and 4G

BTW totally dig you walking the off path and rocking an A770

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Added new edits to my Post above:
1440p
747-8
A320neo

Youtube Video of IFR/ILS flight.

Edit on 11/6/2022:

11/15 2022
Added new video
SU11 & 40th Anniversary Edition installed
A310 flight statistics added

FS2020 1.29.28.0. SU11 WTCJ4 Flight with the Intel A770 GPU

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Looks very nice! Makes me keep an A770 in mind.

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I had a GTX 1660 TI and Z390/i9-9900K CPU & 64GB RAM.

  1. could not afford a Nvidia 3060/AMD GPUs.
  2. wanted the 16 GB of VRAM for FS2020 graphics
  3. don’t play games so don’t care about DX11 problems
  4. fly DX12 only
  5. wanted Ray Tracing and other current new technology
  6. impressed with the A770 specifications
  7. did not have to upgrade motherboard & CPU & memory
    Note: Your motherboard -MUST- have “Resizable BAR” enabled
  8. loved the $349.99 USD price

It has been absolutely impressive.
Great in FS2020.
Great in all other apps: Windows, Chrome Browser, Office 365.

Not one single problem.

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It’s a shocking experience on the ground.
You maybe enjoy it, be happy with the performance and that’s fine.
But the low fps looks like a fast slide show to me.

Exactly the same thoughts here. I have three 1080p monitors and get 24-25 fps at mostly low settings. What you’re getting would be a very significant improvement. The fps is sufficient for a flight sim and allows one to fly without problems as you show in your videos. I would be willing to accept slightly lower graphics settings than what you’ve reported to boost fps to 30, which is without question enough for a flight sim.

Not everyone flies airliners

Keep in mind that Intel claims the *Resizable BAR on 9th gen isn’t quite up to their standard, people with 10th gen may even have better results.

*aside from very late generation 9th gen boards Resizable BAR requires a bios update