In the coming year 2021, Intel is going to strike the market with its first-ever discrete gaming graphics cards. Yes, you have heard correct as this discrete gaming graphics card is based on the Xe GPU architecture and it is named Intel Xe-HPG. It will feature HW Accelerated Ray-Tracing, GDDR6 and Massive Amounts of Cores on 10nm Process.
The knowledge originates from the Videocardz website, which has informed that Intel plans to launch its first-ever line of discrete graphics cards specifically for the game lovers. Intel has yet not confirmed the specifications of the GPU, but it stated that it features the GDDR6 memory subsystem to improve the performance per dollar ratio. The Xe-HP series will feature HBM memory.
It was leaked that the Intel’s gaming graphics card lineup will be powered by the Xe-HPG GPU. It belongs to the Xe micro-architecture family. It comes between the Xe-LP and Xe-HP and is targeted primarily for the gaming audiences. The variants are-
The Xe-HPG 1-Tile GPU is suspected to use a single tile and appropriating that a single tile consists of 512 EUs then we are resembling up to 4096 cores on the flagship chip. Its FP32 Performance is likely to be 10.6 TFLOPs with a speed of 1.3 GHz and 150W power consumption.
The Xe-HPG 2-Tile GPU will use double tiles and this variant will feature 1024 EUs with estimated cores up to 4096 cores on the flagship chip. Its FP32 Performance is likely to be 21.2 TFLOPs with a speed of 1.3 GHz and 300W power consumption
The Xe-HPG 4-Tile GPU will use quadruple tiles and this variant will feature 2048 EUs with estimated cores up to 16384 cores on the flagship chip. Its FP32 Performance is likely to be 42.3 TFLOPs with a speed of 1.3 GHz and 400/500W power consumption.
Note, Intel can opt for a higher EU count on its Xe-HPG gaming-specific GPUs but it will be a mystery until the final specifications are disclosed.
By stepping into the market and to give a neck to neck competition to Nvidia and AMD, Intel has taken a very wise decision to shape the future of graphics cards and gaming technologies. It’s a good strategy by Intel to attract more customers. The price segment of this product may or may not be greater than Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 3080 Ti as it all depends on the marketing strategy of Intel but you can expect graphics performance on-par with Nvidia and AMD graphics card.
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