There is no doubt that AMD and NVIDIA despite the money earned thanks to the mining bubble have suffered a huge setback in the gaming market, since they have lost the year of advantage and the mental quota that they were going to have over Intel, which in In just a few months, it will deploy its Intel Xe-HPG gaming graphics cards for both desktop and laptop computers.
The Intel Xe-HPG gaming GPU comes to compete in specifications at least against AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs, although we do not know if Intel has added units for accelerating Deep Learning algorithms such as NVIDIA GPUs. We know these are found on the Intel Xe-HP, but we are unaware of their inclusion on Intel GPUs.
Intel Xe-HPG DG2, sizes and configurations
The information comes to us through the reputed German site of Hardware Igor ‘s Lab, which gives us information about the configurations of the Intel Xe-HPG. From it we can see that there are physically two different chips, one with a BGA-type packaging with 2660 pins and the other also with a packaging with one of 1379 pins. This indicates that although we are going to see 5 different configurations of the Intel Xe-HPG, Intel has actually created only two different chips.
The one with 2660 pins that corresponds to the versions with 512 EUs, 384 EUs and 256 EUs will possibly be the one that will end as a GPU for gaming laptops on the one hand and on the other it will be the configuration that we would see in dedicated graphics cards. On the other hand, the 1379-pin chip will surely replace the Intel Iris Xe, for its 128 and 96 EU configurations.. The Iris Xe are now used in some notebook models as an entry-level dedicated graphics. So we do not believe that we will see any graphics card based on this configuration, although everything is possible and we may see them in OEM format.
A chip for each foundry?
The information we have so far tells us that the Intel Xe-HPG to be manufactured at TSMC, under the 6nm node, while other information speaks of the 7nm node. If we take into account that the Intel Xe-HP will be based on tiles / chiplets we are facing the largest monolithic GPU this would explain why Intel would have opted for the rival foundry.
Everything indicates that while the large chip will be manufactured at TSMC, the small one could instead be manufactured within Intel’s own factories and replace the current Intel Xe-LP in laptops with the Intel Iris Xe Graphics label.
The low technical specifications of the 1379-pin chip make us think that it might not be launched as a gaming GPU, but the use of GDDR6 memory and the improved architecture are a leap in quality compared to the current Iris Xe.