Friday, October 23rd 2020

Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU is in the Labs

In its Q3 earnings, Intel disclosed that it is now shipping Intel's first discrete GPU - DG1. Codenamed Intel Iris Xe MAX, the GPU is set to arrive in ultraportable laptops and designs. It is based on Xe-LP design, which is Intel's GPU configuration for iGPUs and low-power models. However, to satisfy the needs of gamers, Intel will not be good with just this GPU configuration. The company would need something faster and ore power-hungry to power the highest framerates and highest resolutions. Enter the world of Xe-HPG DG2 GPU. Made for gamers, it features all the hardware-enabled features you would expect in such a GPU, like raytracing, etc. This GPU is manufactured outside Intel's fabs, most likely at TSMC's facilities. Right now, this GPU is in the alpha phase and is booting in Intel's labs, meaning that the final silicon is just a few months away.
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15 Comments on Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU is in the Labs

#1
Vayra86
As long as Intel believes it, good for them.

You go show 'em how its done Raja.
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#2
ZoneDymo
Bring it Intel, more competition is better, show us what an unlimited budget can do.
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#3
Gundem
This is actually interesting. Far more than another entry from team Red or Green.
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#4
laszlo
ZoneDymo
unlimited budget can do.
sometimes this may deliver or not; hardware wise they may land in mid-range market but knowing their pricing way ....
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#5
Gruffalo.Soldier
I'm the only one
I have a feeling Intel is going to surprise us.
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#6
laszlo
tigger
I have a feeling Intel is going to surprise us.
reading your post instantly come in my head...
:laugh: who knows maybe this is the intel party before launch?
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#7
Vya Domus
ZoneDymo
show us what an unlimited budget can do.
No such thing.
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#8
BoboOOZ
ZoneDymo
Bring it Intel, more competition is better, show us what an unlimited budget can do.
That reminds me of the nine mothers for birthing a baby in one month saying...

But yeah, competition is great, we need it, and only a behemoth the size of intel would stand any chance in such a market, so go Intel!
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#9
TristanX
DG2 is manufactured at Samsung. Some time ago, Raja Koduri visited Samsung, and this guy is fully responsible for GPU @ Intel
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#10
wahdangun
ZoneDymo
Bring it Intel, more competition is better, show us what an unlimited budget can do.
Just like their 10nm
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#11
300BaudBob
Waiting with baited breath... but I haven't swallowed yet. I do hope this gives us another choice.
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#12
Sandbo
ZoneDymo
Bring it Intel, more competition is better, show us what an unlimited budget can do.
Unlimited + symbols

BTW, given Raja, I will only believe it when I see the benchmark from reviewers.
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#13
RandallFlagg
Just not enough info on anything outside of the integrated solution, sounds like it's a ways away as well. Supposedly the DG2 will have built in ray tracing like RTX though. Maybe we'll see it in early Q2 2021.

The only numbers on the arch itself when scaled up are in the data center space. They do look good for Intel. Intel's Xe-HP laid down 42 TFLOPS of FP32. The 2080 Ti can only manage ~13 and the 3070 around 20, while the Nvidia data center equivalent A100 is ~20 terafllops FP32.
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#14
voltage
ZoneDymo
Bring it Intel, more competition is better, show us what an unlimited budget can do.
of course more competition is better. but your second part of your post isn't the segment they are aiming for. their gpu's are meant for low and mid range, for now.
Gundem
This is actually interesting. Far more than another entry from team Red or Green.
I agree, it will be nice to have more options to choose from, and have stability. I hope to see more cpu's offered without built in gpu's.
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#15
t00t
Great bit of marketing. Made me immediately think of the Boeing 737 Max-8.
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