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In a wide ranging interview with a Japanese news outlet, Intel graphics boss Raja Koduri shared some insight into the development of Alchemist, the company's upcoming discrete GPU, and what it has planned. One of the more notable tidbits from the interview was in relation to Intel's add-in board (AIB) partners, and whether or not they will be releasing custom models. Unless plans change between now and then, the answer is yes, Intel's hardware partners will offer up custom models rather than just sticking with Intel's reference design. This is the same approach AMD and NVIDIA take with their graphics cards—they each launch their own models (NVIDIA calls them Founders Edition), while AIB... Read more...
Intel has ambitious plans for its entry into the discrete GPU market, which will get underway with Alchemist, its first offering under the Intel Arc umbrella. Otherwise known as a DG2 part (and Xe-HPG, for anyone wanting to juggle multiple nomenclatures), it will come out of the gate swinging at AMD and NVIDIA next year, but how strong will it punch? A supposedly leaked slide offers up a potential answer. The slide, labeled "Desktop DG2 Product SKUs," popped up on Baidu and shows the proposed DG2 lineup in comparison to current products offered by AMD and NVIDIA at various price points. One thing that stands out, if the slide is to be believed, is that Intel aims to cover the more affordable... Read more...
Intel is about to enter the high-stakes discrete GPU market, where it will face some stiff competition from NVIDIA and AMD, the two established players that dominate the space. The company will kick things off with Alchemist, its first Xe-HPG product. As we await its arrival, a mobile variant has made a cameo on a benchmarking website. Obviously we can never be certain if leaks are accurate. But assuming this one is, it shows a Tiger Lake-H laptop configured with a discrete Xe-HPG graphics chip with 512 execution units (EUs). And for anyone who has not been following Intel's various GPU codenames, Xe-HPG is a high-performance variant that is optimized for gaming. Here's a look at the leaked benchmark... Read more...
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, or as he puts it, the "self-appointed Geek-in-Chief," recently sat down for a video chat with analyst Pierre Ferragu to discuss his growth as a leader and what is in store for the world's largest supplier of semiconductor chips. Gelsinger talked about what he learned during his time at VMWare, and also touched on competitive expectations stemming from Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPU and Alchemist GPU architecture launches. Lest anyone wonder where Gelsinger's mindset is at these days, in simple terms as it relates to Intel, "the geek is back." Big launches are coming. It starts with Alder Lake, a heterogeneous x86 CPU architecture in which high performance Golden Cove... Read more...
Intel's high-performance Arc family of graphics architectures resemble an adventuring party from tabletop role-playing lore or a classic turn-based computer RPG. The Intel Arc Alchemist, Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid delegation set off across a barren wasteland where GPUs are scarce to take on the mighty Dragon NVIDIA and nimble Red Mage AMD. We've seen their faces before, but today we've managed to obtain exclusive high-resolution artist renderings for the Alchemist, Intel's first gaming GPU architecture that the company plans to introduce products with in early 2022, and we can finally share them with you now. The image above is just a crop, but we're also able to share a couple of high-resolution... Read more...
While AMD and NVIDIA have primarily duked it out in the enthusiast discrete graphics card market for well over a decade, Intel is looking to kick the door and join the party. Intel announced that its first-generation Alchemist graphics cards would debut in Q1 2022 with compelling performance and modern technologies like real-time ray tracing, variable-rate shading, and AI-based upscaling for games. With this in mind, we will have a Q&A session with Intel this week to dig deeper into what makes Arc tick. We'll have Martyn Stroeve, Intel Senior Director Graphics Product Marketing, and Scott Wasson, Senior Manager Graphics Tech Analysis on hand to give us the low-down. It should be an exciting... Read more...
Intel is going all-in with discrete graphics, which was made abundantly clear last week with the announcement of its Arc family of gaming cards. Built on Intel’s Xe-HPG architecture, the first graphics cards to hit the market in Q1 2022 will come from the Alchemist family. Roger Chandler, who serves as Intel VP and GM for Client Graphics Products and Solutions, recently took to Medium to extoll the virtues of Arc and what it will mean to gamers. One new tidbit of information that he mentioned is that Intel will provide integrated support for overclocking to “push the hardware to the limit.” The overclocking interface will be baked right into the driver UI. This is something... Read more...
Earlier this week, Intel announced its highly anticipated family of discrete graphics cards targeted at the enthusiast gaming market. The cards are based on Intel's Xe-HPG architecture, and will be marketed under the Arc brand name. The first-generation Arc graphics cards were developed under the GPU codename Alchemist, while the second, third, and fourth-generation Arc GPUs will carry the codenames Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid, respectively. At first glance, we didn't think much about these codenames, but upon reflection, there's more to them than meets the eye. One thing that all of these codenames have in common is that they refer to fictional game characters who have a specialized set... Read more...
Intel is excited about its upcoming discrete gaming GPU for the enthusiast market. This is the company's first credible foray into this space since the i740 back in the late 1990s. These graphics cards will be marketed under the Arc brand name and are underpinned by Xe-HPG architecture. Given that Arc cards will compete head-to-head with NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon offerings, Intel will offer all the latest industry buzzwords to deliver high-quality visuals in today's games. As it's DirectX 12 Ultimate compatible, you'll find Mesh Shading, Variable Rate Shading, and Real-Time Ray Tracing support. Intel will also offer its take on NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, which it... Read more...
In case you missed it, Intel kicked off the week by revealing a new brand name for its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics products. It is called Intel Arc, and it not only covers hardware products, but also related software and services, and will span multiple hardware generations. The first of those will be Alchemist (formerly DG2), and as we wait for it to launch next year, Intel has now offered up a teaser of what one of the cards could look like. Intel also noted that all product plans and roadmaps are subject to change without notice, though given that we initially anticipated its first modern discrete graphics card for gaming to arrive by the end of this year, we'd be surprised... Read more...
Intel has made its intentions clear with discrete PC graphics for mobile and desktop systems, and it is looking to battle AMD and NVIDIA head-on in this space. The company’s first-generation effort was developed under the GPU architecture codename Alchemist and will be marketed under the Arc brand name for the graphics cards themselves. While Intel didn’t give us any specifics on the hardware that will debut early next year – although we may find out some details tomorrow – the company did give us a nice look at PC games running on pre-production Alchemist silicon, along with a few key features that will enable the experience. For starters, Variable-Rate Shading... Read more...