The duopoly between AMD and NVIDIA in dedicated graphics cards for PCs will soon have the days counted with the entry of Intel to that market and this time not with a mid-throttle approach, but Intel intends to enter all spaces with full force to through its Intel Xe GPUs, where the Gaming XE-HPG GPU stands out above the rest.
Intel Xe-HPG also comes to laptops
Intel plans to completely withdraw the use of its current Xe DG1, used as dedicated graphics in the Tiger Lake, by the time they launch their Tiger Lake-H for notebooks. His idea is to jointly sell both the CPU and new Intel Xe Iris, but this time based on the second generation of the architecture, Xe DG2, which he will call the most secure Xe-HPG.
Intel does not intend to launch a single version of its Intel Xe-HPG, but five different versions, as can be seen in the table above. We have this information thanks to Igor’s Lab. The idea of Intel selling its CPUs and GPUs jointly to assemblers who want to assemble gaming laptops should not surprise us at all, Intel with it launches a torpedo to the NVIDIA waterline, but especially it joins the same game from AMD, which for its own interests offers laptop manufacturers the combination of its CPUs and GPUs, although with a much smaller market share than NVIDIA.
We cannot forget that one of the most important markets for NVIDIA is that of GPUs for laptops, where thanks to the fact that their RTX 20 and RTX 30 Mobile have been unrivaled by AMD they dominate that market. As you can see in the image leaked by Igor’s Lab Intel has created a joint PCB to communicate the Intel Xe-HPG for laptops with Tiger Lake.
In the image you can see not only the socket for the CPU, but also for an Intel Xe-HPG GPU with a configuration of 128 or 64 bits GDDR6, with which it would compete face to face with the imminent RX 5500 from AMD and NVIDIA RTX 3050. Which, at least in the case of NVIDIA, will debut first on notebooks.
Intel Xe-HPG Mobile specifications are leaked
The other thing that we have been able to know is the configurations of the different versions of Intel Xe-HPG, which you can see in the following table:
|SKU 1||SKU 2|
|VRAM bus bit width||256||192|
|VRAM capacity||16 GB||12 GB|
|Smart cache||16 MB||12 MB|
|Graphics Execution Units (EUs)||512 (4096 ALUs)||384 (3072 ALUs)|
|Base speed (portable)||1.1 GHz||600 MHz|
|Turbo speed (portable)||1.8 GHz||1.8 GHz|
|TDP (Portable and GPU only)||100 W||100 W|
This information has been filtered by Igor`s Lab, from it we can draw a series of implicit conclusions, such as that on a laptop the three most powerful versions of the Intel Xe-HPG Mobile can reach 100 W TDP each one for laptops, although we must take into account that each manufacturer will adjust the clock speed and voltage of the GPU according to the thermal and consumption capacities of its design. If you think that the consumption is very high, just remember that some models of the RTX 3080 Mobile, equivalent to a desktop RTX 3070, can easily exceed 100 W in terms of TDP.
We are surprised that we do not have information on desktop models, which makes us think that Intel would be planning to first launch a range of gaming laptops with the new GPUs before launching in the form of desktop graphics cards, a move that has all the sense of the world from a strategic point of view, since the main advantage that AMD has at the moment in laptops is not the power of its Zen 3 cores, but its combination with its integrated GPUS.