With the absolute lack of stock of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards due to the mining boom, Intel is not interested in releasing its Intel Xe-HPG GPUs even if it wants to gain the trust of the most enthusiastic and stop being the duck. . of gaming GPUs.
Intel doesn’t want to be below AMD and NVIDIA
The last time Intel released a dedicated gaming graphics card was with its i740 and i750 broken down in the late 1990s, so it’s been over twenty years since. Not for this reason, Intel has completely abandoned the graphics architecture market, but it has always focused on low-end integrated graphics, which have never been good enough, knowing this problem, they decided a few years ago years of solving it by improving their graphics architectures. that they are competitive against NVIDIA and AMD.
The result has been a graphics architecture that will be launched on two different generations, where the first of them is upgraded to the lowest range on the market. What are the integrated graphics in its latest Tiger Lake and Rocket Lake-S processors, as well as in Intel Xe Max, but none of these GPUs have a sufficiently powerful architecture and are not designed to run on low power consumption. Hence its name Intel Xe-LP.
The second generation is instead referenced in three different models: Intel Xe-HP, Intel Xe-HPC and Intel-Xe-HPG. In the case of Intel Xe-HP and Xe-HPC, these are GPUs designed for professional markets outside the home, and will therefore compete with NVIDIA Tesla and AMD CDNA. In contrast, the Intel Xe-HPG is its first gaming GPU in twenty years.
First images of the Intel Xe-HPG
Intel has already completed the prototype or engineering sample of its gaming graphics card, the Intel Xe-HPG, which is known from leaked first images. We can therefore conclude that its launch is close in time. Engineering samples are complete prototypes of a fully functional graphics card and are built after the graphics chip they will house is completed.
Information about the Xe-HPG has been leaked on the YouTube channel “Moore’s Law is Dead” and shows a graphics card that uses a two-fan system. At the same time, they gave information about their specifications, which are as follows:
- Configuring 512 EU, this equates to 64 compute units in AMD RDNA 2 in terms of the number of compute units available.
- It will be manufactured under TSMC’s 6nm node, it will not be Intel that will manufacture its gaming GPU since they don’t want to saturate their wafers even more, especially when they are going to make the jump to their 10nm SuperFin process in both. notebooks. Processors and desktop computers like Alder Lake.
- 256-bit GDDR6 bus.
- Speed 2.2 GHz and consumption less than 300 W, we are talking about 275 W.
Due to its specs it would be in the mid-range, AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RTX 3070, although whoever leaked the information talks about performance around an RTX 3070 Ti. We also can’t forget that Intel could launch a full lineup with configurations with less UE and lower GDDR6 bandwidths.