Amid the global shortage of chips, Intel is preparing to debut in the market of more powerful graphics cards to face Nvidia and AMD. For this, the company will work with the Xe-HPG line, whose first solution is identified so far as DG2 (Discrete Graphics 2). The novelty has already been the target of several leaks and starred in official teasers, being increasingly closer to release.
This week, a slew of new information has emerged, both officially and through leaks, delivering a better sense of what we can expect from Intel’s announcement and strategy at the outset.
Xe-HPG DG2 has already reached the hands of manufacturers
On Monday (28) the International Supercomputing (ISC) 2021 took place, a forum in which large technology companies demonstrate some of the novelties being prepared for the high performance computing (HPC) market. Intel was among the participants, and presented information about the next generation of Xeon processors for servers, new Optane memories and some details about the Xe GPUs.
The highlight, however, goes to the company’s graphics chips — in a single slide, the manufacturer brought updates on the status of each of the specialized architectures. Through the material, Intel confirmed that the Xe-HPG DG2 is already in the sampling stage, that is, it is reaching the hands of partners so that video cards can actually be manufactured.
This is a very advanced stage of development, which points to some important points: the graphics chip is nearly finished and stable enough for manufacturers to start working on consumer boards, and it shouldn’t be long now for Intel at last formalize your first dedicated gaming GPU.
Considering the rivals’ schedule, it is very likely that the solution will reach users in the next six months. The company has yet to release details on release deadlines, but a recent post suggests that this should change soon.
Intel confirms launch is near
Through Twitter, the company asked users who received the Odyssey Card, a gift given to some consumers during the unveiling of the Xe GPUs, to redeem the code printed on the card in a link disclosed by the brand. By accessing the site, Intel confirms that the Xe HPG family is about to be released, although it has not disclosed a specific date.
RX 6700 XT 100%RTX 3070 97%448EU @ 1.8GHz 92%
128EU @ 1.9 GHz 100%GTX 1650 88% pic.twitter.com/giPGE8JtBJ
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) June 18, 2021
The Intel Xe HPG family promises to shake up the graphics duopoly ruled by AMD and Nvidia, with a lineup that caters from casual gamers to enthusiasts. Recent leaked results show that the chip’s intermediate configuration, with 448 Execution Units (EUs) achieves performance close to the RTX 3070. The maximum configuration, with 512 EUs, is expected to easily outperform Nvidia’s rival.
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