Sunday, July 26th 2020

Intel to Detail Xe Graphics on August 13

Intel is expected to reveal technical details of its upcoming Xe graphics architecture on August 13, according to a tweet by Intel Graphics that has since been deleted. Tom's Hardware believes the reveal is still on the cards. "You've waited. You've wondered. We'll deliver. In 20 days, expect more details on Xe graphics," the tweet read. Senior Fellow and Director of Graphics Architecture at Intel, David Blythe is expected to present a technical brief on the Xe graphics architecture at a Hot Chips 2020 virtual event on August 17.

These technical reveals are closely timed with the launch of "Tiger Lake," Intel's first commercial debut of Xe as an iGPU solution the chipmaker refers to as "Gen12" for consistency with older generations of integrated graphics. Xe is far from designed for just iGPU or small dGPUs, with the architecture being scalable all the way up to large scalar compute processors the size of beer mug coasters. Even as an iGPU, Xe is formidable, as it was recently shown playing AAA games by itself. Recent commentary from Intel at its Q2 2020 financial results provided strong hints of Xe dGPUs being de-coupled from Intel's foundry woes, and possibly headed for third-party foundries such as Samsung or TSMC.
Source: Tom's Hardware
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9 Comments on Intel to Detail Xe Graphics on August 13

#1
dicktracy
Intel and AMD battling for 2nd place and lowends lol
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#2
hardcore_gamer
dicktracy
Intel and AMD battling for 2nd place and lowends lol
Just like how AMD was battling for 2nd place in a 2-player market. :)
Things change pretty fast in this industry.
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#3
Verpal
Honestly I don't mind if Intel focus on low end, just make sure pricing is competitive, thus we actually get new competition in the market instead of just Intel ticking box for bean counters.
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#4
watzupken
It is good to see Intel coming into the GPU space. With only 2 key players in the market, I feel there's insufficient competition in the GPU space. Moreover Nvidia is dominating this area for many years now.
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Verpal
Honestly I don't mind if Intel focus on low end, just make sure pricing is competitive
So much this. Low end is where the interesting stuff happens.
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#6
jeremyshaw
If it's even remotely approaching GTX 1050Ti performance, I'll be interested.

Mostly because Intel's open source graphics drivers actually work on Linux, especially w.r.t. new GPUs and new features. Furthermore, some virtualization features that matter to me, such as GVT-G. Right now, I pass through an entire Nvidia dGPU to a Windows VM while relying on an AMD APU (hoping to consolidate back to ITX) for the Linux host. Trying to share a single GPU with Nvidia or AMD requires professional cards and Nvidia has even more requirements on top of that. Sharing a current Intel IGP is pointless, since there is no performance to be had.

However, an Intel GPU with the same software stack and more performance is noteworthy, in my view. If it's priced less than equivalent Nvidia/AMD pro cards, then I can cheaply consolidate my setup.
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#7
medi01
dicktracy
Intel and AMD battling for 2nd place and lowends lol
Oh boy, did you just call 400-$500 market "low end"?
The meltdowns, when RDNA2 hits, will be hilarious.
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#8
LemmingOverlord
I am really keen to see this paper launch on the 13th. While having a 3rd competitor in the GPU space would be awesome, I have no hope that these parts will be competitive. When you realise that Intel hired dozens of people just to hype up Xe, and their twitter accounts are lame as fcuk, then you start thinking it's really a smokescreen.

Please, if someone, has ANY source they can point to (that is not a fake, a rumour or something in between), send us in the right direction.

Replace Xe for Big Navi, where applicable, if you will. I hear people talking a lot about Big Navi, but there's really nothing out there other than hopeful rumours to justify that.
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#9
Aqeel Shahzad
Intel is basically after AI market which in currently dominated by Nvidia.....ummmm not dominated actually ruled by Nvidia.
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