Intel has been flirting with the graphics market for quite some time, something that was especially boosted when they signed their current chief architect Raja Koduri directly from the competition, as he was once the head of AMD’s Radeon division. However, it appears that the company is struggling to create a competitive product, something that has in no way diminished its efforts to do so.
This is the Intel Xe-HPG DG2 chip with 4096 cores
Through his official Twitter account, Raja Koduri has shown an Intel DG2 GPU with technology of Intel Xe-HPG graphics architecture, a chip that carries nothing less than 512 EU (or 4096 graphics cores) and that will be the one that powers the first generation of the company’s dedicated graphics cards.
Xe-HPG (DG2) real candy – very productive time at the Folsom lab couple of weeks ago. “From jittery journeys to buttery smooth” said @rogerdchandler –
lots of game and driver optimization work ahead for @gfxlisa‘s software team. They are all very excited..and a little scared 🙂 pic.twitter.com/tQcfEWf8p4
– Raja Koduri (@Rajaontheedge) June 2, 2021
Each Xe-HPG-based Intel DG2 GPU SKU will come in various configurations ranging from full-chip to various “capped” variants with reduced power, similar to NVIDIA’s Ampere GA102-400 and GA102-200 naming schemes or AMD’s Navi 21 XTX, Navi 21 XT, and Navi 21 XL naming conventions.
So the top DG2 variant which is the only configuration listed so far will have the full 512 EUs, which means it will use 4096 cores in total. The chip has a 256-bit memory bus and can carry up to 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM (Configurations with 8GB GDDR6 have also been listed). Depending on demand and the performance they are capable of delivering, Intel could produce more variants of this flagship chip, although we cannot say for sure at the moment.
|Variant||SKU||EUs||Shading Units||Memory||Memory bus||TGP|
|VariantXe-HPG 512EU||SKUDG2-512EU||EUs512 EUs||Shading Units4096||Memory16/8 GB GDDR6||Memory bus256-bit||TGP~ 275W|
|VariantXe-HPG 384EU||SKUDG2-384EU||EUs384 EUs||Shading Units3072||Memory12/6 GB GDDR6||Memory bus192-bit||TGPTBC|
|VariantXe-HPG 256EU||SKUDG2-384EU||EUs256 EUs||Shading Units2048||Memory8/4 GB GDDR6||Memory bus128-bit||TGPTBC|
|VariantXe-HPG 192EU||SKUDG2-384EU||EUs192 EUs||Shading Units1536||Memory4 GB GDDR6||Memory bus128-bit||TGPTBC|
|VariantXe-HPG 128EU||SKUDG2-128EU||EUs128 EUs||Shading Units1024||Memory4 GB GDDR6||Memory bus64-bit||TGPTBC|
|VariantXe-HPG 96EU||SKUDG2-128EU||EUs86 EUs||Shading Units768||Memory4 GB GDDR6||Memory bus64-bit||TGP~ 120W|
It is suggested that the Xe-HPG DG2 512 EU chip would have clock speeds of up to 2.2 GHz, although we do not know if these are the average clocks or its maximum speed. Also, Intel’s initial TDP target is claimed to have been 225-250 watts, but now it appears to have increased to around 275 watts. We can also expect a variant of 300W with dual 8-pin connectors if Intel wants to take its clock speeds even further.
When will these charts hit the market?
Intel’s first generation of dedicated gaming graphics cards is generating a lot of interest because it could finally break the duopoly that AMD and NVIDIA have at the moment, who completely dominate the market and, supported by the current shortage of chips are setting prices already abusive (and you just have to see the prices of the latest RTX 3080 Ti). Of course, a new contender in the market could be very beneficial for users, and for this reason we cannot help but wonder when Intel will finally enter this market.
Sadly, the leaks claim that these GPUs won’t be ready for release until at least the end of this year or even early next year. No assembler seems to have received information about Intel graphics at the moment, which is logical because Intel is still adjusting its parameters, but of course variants of these assemblers are also expected at some point.
It seems that this Xe-HPG DG2 512 EU GPU will be aimed at the consumer segment, that is, users, and the 128 EU model will follow shortly after. The leaks also claim that the successor to the DG2 GPUs will be known as Elasti “DG3” and would have a scheduled launch date of 2023; therefore, the most logical thing would be for Intel to release these dedicated graphics during the first quarter of next year, and the good news is that they would have a lot of inventory so that there is no lack of stock at its launch.