Intel Xe HPG will be the dedicated graphics for games that the chip giant is preparing as an alternative (much needed by industry and consumers) to NVIDIA and AMD solutions.
Intel Graphics has published a promotional video of its new discrete graphics architecture in which it has been working since Raja Koduri (former head of AMD’s Radeon Technologies group) took charge of the Core and Visual Computing Group division, with which the giant The chip has returned to the high-end graphics segment 20 years later.
Although we had already seen some of the work done on the new generation of Gen12 ICs, the Iris Xe MAX for laptops, and earlier this year it marketed the DG1 exclusively for system integrators, what industry and consumers really expect is a dedicated graphic that can be a real alternative to the duopoly of the two big ones. And with the execution of games as the main protagonist.
This is where Intel Xe HPG (abbreviation for High-Performance Graphics) which under the codename “Scavenger Hunt” It must be the DG2 that we already gave you. The Intel Graphics teaser like any promotional video does not explain too much. The curiosity is that it includes an Easter egg that some clever people have discovered and that leads to a web page where the presentation of the card next March 26.
What will the Intel Xe HPG be like?
There are very few official data. Kaduri recently promised that the card would be “20 times faster” than the Iris Pro 5200 of 2012. That would place it next to current graphics such as the NVIDIA RTX 3070 and AMD RX 6800 at the performance level. More than enough to get into the dedicated market if Intel can guarantee reasonable stock and prices to put pressure on NVIDIA and AMD.
If the little information that has come so far, including the passing of the chip through the Geekbench test site, is confirmed, this Intel Xe HPG would have 512 execution units, 4,096 shaders and 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. The working frequency of the core would be raised to 1,800 MHz. There would be two other variants below it that would lower the execution units and the memory included.
Intel Xe HPG (DG2) would be manufactured in 10 nanometer technological processes by TSMC and Samsung. Intel has the necessary IP to certify the card with DirectX 12 Ultimate, including ray tracing functions and we assume the same way for OpenGL and Vulkan. They will also have variable frequency technologies to synchronize images with monitors and a reworked software package for driver management and control of card parameters.
Very interesting (and necessary) Intel’s return to the dedicated graphics market. We do not know if from the beginning it will be able to compete with the best developments from NVIDIA and AMD, but to cover the mid-range and entry level for sure. We will see final performance, production capacity and prices. Next Friday the 26th we will have to know more details and we will be here to serve them.