I've been loving using an Intel graphics card for over a year, and this Black Friday deal is why you should join me

I've been using Intel Arc graphics from day one, and I haven't looked back. Part of that is wanting to support the newcomer and help drive competition, but a bigger part is my appreciation of truly impressive, more affordable hardware. Intel has a year of work in the Arc platform under its belt now, and with a Black Friday deal this good on a Sparkle A750, now is definitely a good time to join the blue team. 

Sparkle Intel Arc A750 ORCwas $225now $179.99 at Amazon

Sparkle Intel Arc A750 ORC | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FSparkle-ThermalSync-Cooling-Backplate-SA750C-8GOC%2Fdp%2FB0C74TTHBD%2F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">was $225 now $179.99 at Amazon

Intel's A750 can game almost as hard as the NVIDIA RTX 3060, but with this deal it's significantly cheaper. Intel keeps making its graphics cards better, too, through constant work on its drivers, and for this money it's impossible to beat. 

✅Perfect for: 1080p and even 1440p gaming in some titles, those building a budget gaming PC that can still crush the latest titles. 

❌Avoid if: Ray tracing is important

💰Price check: <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=kXQk6%2AivFEQ&mid=44583&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2Fsparkle-arc-a750-sa750c-8goc%2Fp%2FN82E16814993002" data-link-merchant="newegg.com"">$179.99 at Newegg

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The Intel Arc A750 goes toe-to-toe with more expensive graphics cards 

Sparkle Intel Arc A750

(Image credit: Sparkle)

Of the current Intel Arc lineup, the A750 is the sweet spot. While the A770 is a little more powerful, in my experience the difference between the two isn't huge. The lower asking price of the A750 makes the small performance sacrifice worth it. Especially when it's this cheap. 

More impressively, the Intel Arc A750 can go toe-to-toe with the NVIDIA RTX 3060, albeit when you don't factor ray tracing into the equation. Then again, I'd question whether ray tracing is worth it at all if you're buying a budget graphics card, though the Arc A750 can do it. 

The RTX 3060, even when discounted during an event like Black Friday, is still substantially more expensive. The A750 runs very close to the RTX 3060 at 1080p, even 1440p, and the XeSS upscaler is improving all the time. One area Intel has the upper hand, though, is that even its budget graphics cards have a hardware AV1 encoder, something NVIDIA only added on the RTX 40 series. 

I've obviously been following Intel's continued development first-hand, and as impressed as I was at launch, things are so much better now. Modern titles have always worked pretty well, but Intel has focused on delivering big improvements in older DX11, and even DX9 games. The latter is particularly impressive given that there's no hardware support for DX9 on Arc. 

Ultimately, at $180 you simply cannot do better right now if you're looking for a graphics card. This Sparkle version is also the best looking of them all, with a cool blue paint job. I was disappointed on Prime Day that there weren't any Intel discounts, but I'm excited about this one. Join me on team underdog, I promise you won't regret it. 

Richard Devine
Managing Editor - Tech, Reviews

Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine