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Intel recently launched its NUC 11 Extreme "Beast Canyon" small form factor PC platform, which packs up to an 11th generation Core i9-11900KB processor and can accommodate full-size discrete GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. However, there's already talk about the next-generation NUC family, which has allegedly leaked courtesy of Weibo. According to leaked documentation, the NUC 12 Enthusiast platform will be powered by Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors. These hybrid processors are built on the new Intel 7 process node (formerly known as 10nm Enhanced SuperFin) and will have a maximum of 16 cores and 24 threads. Where it pertains to NUC 12 Enthusiast, there will be Core i5 and... Read more...
We brought you news late last week that Intel's upcoming DG2 (Xe-HPG) discrete graphics card family could launch for consumers next year at CES 2022. Intel's foray into the enthusiast market for graphics cards is highly anticipated, and continual leaks have kept interest high. The latest leak comes via a Geekbench entry that paired the DG2 discrete graphics card with a Rocket Lake-based Core i5-11400T processor using an ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus motherboard. This DG2 sample has 128 execution units, which would give a total of 1,024 cores. Additionally, this engineering sample lists its maximum clock speed at 2.2GHz, while 4GB of GDDR6 memory runs on a [expected] 64-bit memory bus. Given the... Read more...
When it comes to discrete graphics cards for PCs, it's currently a two-horse race between NVIDIA and AMD. NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 Series is going up against the Radeon RX 6000 Series in the current-generation discrete GPU wars. However, Intel is looking to barge in on the fireworks with its DG2 family of discrete graphics cards based on the Xe-HPG GPU. According to a new rumor making the rounds on the internet, Intel will launch DG2 early next year at CES 2022. However, the massive electronic show, which will be in-person again for 2022 -- is still roughly five months away. So there's still the possibility that Intel could officially announce DG2 later this year -- perhaps at the upcoming event... Read more...
At long last, Intel appears to be on the cusp of launching its first modern discrete graphics card for gaming based on its Xe architecture. In preparation for the launch, which Intel recently said is "right around the corner," the company is inviting 'Official Odssey Card' holders to register within Intel's Developer Zone website to score some free swag (a t-shirt and perhaps some other stuff). I'm not an Odyssey card holder (aw nuts!), but from what I can tell, those cards were given out to attendees of different events, to be redeemed later. That day has come. The card itself is not the interesting part, though—it's the confirmation from Intel that its Xe-HPG graphics solution for gaming... Read more...
Intel has some intriguing product launches in the pipeline. One of them is Alder Lake, which represents a spirited shift to a hybrid CPU architecture, and the other is DG2, its first discrete graphics solution of the modern era for gaming. Incidentally, both have just made a cameo on Geekbench, the popular benchmarking utility. Let's talk about the CPU first. According to how it was recognized by Geekbench, the unspecified Alder Lake chip (labeled simply as "Intel 0000") is listed as a 14-core processor with 20 threads. Get used to seeing these kind of weird (by today's standards) core and thread arrangements, because they will be the norm with Alder Lake. How does Intel arrive at 14 cores and... Read more...
All eyes are on Intel as it gets closer to launching its first discrete graphics card for gaming. And the big question is, how will it perform relative to the competition? Obviously we will not know for sure until an actual product launch occurs. Leaks and rumors abound in the meantime, and the latest one suggests Intel will be in rather good shape. Intel's discrete graphics products will target several different segments, including entry-level applications, gaming, and high end computing (HPC). The Xe-HPG is aimed at gamers, with Intel getting ready to launch its DG2 lineup with up to 512 execution units (EUs). Past rumors claim the top-end model will deliver performance somewhere in between... Read more...
We still have several months to go before Christmas rolls around, but Intel's Raja Koduri has just given us a present all the same—over on Twitter, he posted a shiny photo of Intel's upcoming gaming GPU. And by shiny, I mean it is a high quality photo that shows Koduri's reflection in the rectangular integrated heat spreader (IHS) that sits atop the die. This kind of snapshot is in stark contrast to the usual quality we get from leaked images, some of which can look like they were taken with a Fisher Price camera through a layer of Vaseline smudged on the lens. But it is not the quality of the photo that is the story here, it is the progress Intel is making on DG2, its upcoming discrete... Read more...
It's no secret that Intel's true desktop performance graphics card is on its way, affectionately referred to as DG2. Thanks to a leak earlier in the month, we know that Xe HPG (Xe High Performance Gaming) will apparently come in five distinct flavors, with anywhere from 128 to 512 execution units. We've also gotten a look at the rumored PCB layout for at least one DG2 SKU. Now, however, it looks like we're getting a first look at actual PCBs based on Intel's big GPU.  Thanks to YouTuber Moore's Law is Dead, we get a (heavily watermarked) photo of the PCB along with some apparent specifications changes. Let's get to those first. Apparently now, the 512 EU version of DG2 will boost... Read more...
We know from a recent Twitter post by Intel's Pete Brubaker that it won't be too terribly long before Intel's Xe-HPG DG2 gaming GPU is released—to use his words, it's "right around the corner." Following up on that, an interesting leak emerged today, highlighting a mix of DG2 GPUs for both mobile and desktop, with up to 512 execution units (EUs). That is a figure we have seen multiple times before, in relation to DG2. That is believed to the top-end configuration, and it is rumored the full version of DG2 will offer performance somewhere in between a GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080, and perhaps on par with the not-yet-released GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. That would be an encouraging start... Read more...
We are all eager to see how Intel's foray into the discrete graphics card space turns out, both initially and longer term, after it has had a chance to wade into the new space that is currently dominated by AMD and NVIDIA. The first foray, incidentally, is "right around the corner." Those are words of Pete Brubaker, Game Developer Relations Engineer at Intel. Brubaker made the comment in a Twitter post announcing a job opening at Intel, for a Senior Game Developer Relations Engineer. "Come with with us at Intel! DG2 is right around the corner, it's about to get exciting," Brubaker wrote, along with a link to the job opening. Intel is having fun with its efforts in the discrete GPU space. Back... Read more...
All eyes are on Intel to see what it can accomplish in the discrete GPU space, and specifically whether or not it can shake things up in a meaningful way with products that truly compete with the latest and greatest graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA. Time will tell, of course. In the meantime, the leak and rumor scene has provided some photos of a prototype DG2 graphics card based on an Intel Xe-HPG graphics chip, and some information about what level of performance we can expect. The eventual Xe-XPG is one of several Xe GPUs, as Intel is targeting a wide range of segments. Here's a general overview of the Xe stack and the intended market sector for each GPU... Xe-HPC: HPC Exascale Xe-HP: Data... Read more...
One thing is for sure, Intel is certainly having fun with its efforts into launching discrete GPUs for the modern era. It feels like we have been on this 'Odyssey' for a million years now (give or take), with periodic teasers to keep us interested. Continuing the tradition, Intel posted another teaser on Twitter, for its upcoming Xe-HPG GPU. There is more than meets the eye at first glance, however. The 33-second clip on Twitter begins by zooming into an Xe-LP GPU for integrated and low power graphics solutions. Then a beam of energy shoots down from the ceiling, seemingly supercharging the GPU as it morphs into a more potent (hopefully) and thicker Xe-HPG part, as you see above. Xe-HPG is the... Read more...
At some point, Intel is going to throw its hat into the discrete gaming graphics card ring with products based on its next-gen Xe-HPG GPU. Exactly when and what specific products will be offered are questions that will be answered in time, no matter how impatient we are to learn more. As we wait, a new leak suggests Intel could be prepping at least half a dozen Xe-HPG solutions. Up to this point, Intel has teased us with a spattering of details about its discrete GPU efforts, especially as they relate to gaming. For example, we know its Xe-HPG solution will feature dedicated hardware for real-time ray tracing, a feature both AMD and NVIDIA have embraced. Likewise, Intel has said to expect amenities... Read more...
A little over three years ago, Intel lured AMD's former Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) boss Raja Koduri to come over and lead its own efforts in graphics, at which time Intel also announced it intended to once again throw its hat into the discrete GPU ring, something it had not attempted since Larrabee. Building discrete GPUs from the ground up takes time, but Intel is progressing at a steady pace. The latest evidence of this is Intel teasing a gaming GPU running a 3DMark test. This is rather exciting, because up until this point, Intel has mostly shone a light on its Xe-HP and Xe-HPC efforts, and of course Xe-LP, which has already manifested in integrated form with Tiger Lake, and in discrete... Read more...
Since the early 2000s, the DirectX API has been the primary go-between for game engines on the Windows platform and the hardware that drives them. With a new DirectX update announced earlier today, Microsoft has seemingly outed feature-level support for the RDNA2-based line of GPUs from AMD, Xe-HPG discrete GPUs from Intel, as well as future-generation Snapdragon mobile platform GPU engines from Qualcomm. Feature level support is a bit of a confusing thing, so let's break that down before we dive in too deep here.  With DirectX, there are standard feature sets and feature levels, which help streamline coding for games and provide developers with an idea of what a particular... Read more...
In recent weeks, Intel has been sharing some additional details about its discrete GPU plans, especially during its Architecture Day 2020 event last week. From a consumer standpoint, one of the more interesting revelations is the slotting of a high-end Xe-HPG GPU optimized for gaming into the lineup, which is scheduled to arrive sometime next year. In addition to what Intel has shared publicly, there is a report that it will tap TSMC to build its Xe-HPG chips on a 6-nanometer manufacturing process. The only part about about manufacturing that is officially confirmed right now is that Intel plans to source its Xe-HPG GPUs from an external source, rather than fab them itself. However, Intel has... Read more...
One of the things Intel shared during its Architecture Day 2020 event earlier this week was a new set of details related to its Xe GPU efforts for gamers. Up to this point, the bulk of information surrounding Xe—both official and from various leaks and rumors—has been tied to Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake CPUs for laptops, along with a spattering of Xe product teases for the data center. But as Intel has said all along, gaming is a market segment it fully intends to compete in with Xe, and we thought it would be a good idea to break down what we know about its gaming-oriented Xe-HPG GPU. While still early, Intel is at least saying all the right things. It has also developed good driver... Read more...