Stable Diffusion is undoubtedly one of the best and most popular AI image generators on the market. His biggest limitation? The fact that it needs a fairly powerful graphics card to work smoothly. Well, Intel does not want to be left behind in this market, which is why they have managed to considerably improve the performance from his Arc A770 in stable diffusion.
It may sound shocking, but when it comes to GPUs, Intel is far ahead of AMD if we talk in terms of architecture regarding artificial intelligence. While AMD with RDNA 3 has made a patch to emulate a tensor drive or systolic array using SIMD drives, the Intel’s Arc Alchemist have their own equivalent to NVIDIA Tensor Corethe unit called XMX. Which would have to place the blue brand graphics cards well above what they are.
Intel GPUs get their own version of Stable Diffusion
Unfortunately, the performance of the Arc A770 in stable diffusion Until now it was not what was expected, especially due to the fact that the creators of the AI image generator had optimized their program for NVIDIA. All this was a handicap, which, thanks to the latest optimizations in the version A1111, Optimized for Intel GPUs. Which not only works with graphics cards Arc Alchemistbut also with the Intel Core iGPUs and even with the cpu cores of these, although it is not something we recommend using.
All this is possible due to the fact that we are talking about a version based on OpenWINEwhich is a optimized fork for Intel GPUs. Which means that using this version of Stable Diffusion, the Arc A770 achieve superior performance, neither more nor less than 54% on average. However, the fact that there is no graphics card that competes against the high-end of NVIDIA means that Jensen Huang’s brand continues to have the crown in terms of performance.
Now, what interests us is the performance of the Arc A770 in Stable Diffusion with the optimized versionoh we can see it thanks to the work of the people of Tom’s Hardware, however, it does not seem to us an entirely accurate comparison since we do not have by means of the comparison the RX 7000. Let’s not forget that the RX6000 not only do they lack tensor units, but not their SIMD units they are not optimized for matrix calculation, which is key in this case.
This is how Stable Diffusion has improved in the Arc A770
However, compared to NVIDIA, the fact that the Arc A770 is placed as close to that of the RTX 4060 Ti as to performance in stable diffusion it’s good news. Especially if we take into account the price of the green brand graphics card. In any case, a higher-end alternative from Intel is missing. And not only in the number of GPU cores, but also due to the fact that its desEsports Extrasis limited to 225 W TDP. If I had a faster version, I could cough up the RTX 4070.
Of course, one thing must be taken into account, the proof of August 2023 does not have the updated numbers regarding NVIDIA graphics cardsTherefore, the data is not entirely reliable. Be that as it may, we are glad at least that we can use Stable Diffusion on the Arc A770 as an alternative to NVIDIA’s RTX.