Thursday, May 6th 2021

Intel Xe DG2 Graphics Card "Right Around the Corner:" Game Dev Relations Engineer

A senior game developer relations engineer at Intel, Pete Brubaker, Tweeted late Wednesday that the company's DG2 discrete graphics card is "right around the corner," and that "it's about to get exciting." Brubaker's Tweet comes as the company is looking to recruit more engineers to work with its developer relations, the team that interfaces with game devs to optimize their engines and games for Intel's graphics architectures.

While the DG1, which was productized as the Iris Xe MAX graphics card, was essentially an iGPU-on-a-stick, the DG2 should spark a lot more interest. Based on a third-party foundry process, the DG2 is the first client graphics product based on the Xe HPG (high performance gaming) graphics architecture, and allegedly crams up to 512 execution units or 4,096 unified shaders—a 4.3x gain over the Iris Xe MAX. It's also rumored to ship with up to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit wide memory bus. Whether it features DirectX 12 Ultimate features or not, remains to be seen, but it's becoming clear that Intel wants a crack at the high-volume e-sports market, with a product that's fast enough for competitive e-sports gaming, and capable of AAA.
Sources: Pete Brubaker (Twitter), VideoCardz
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13 Comments on Intel Xe DG2 Graphics Card "Right Around the Corner:" Game Dev Relations Engineer

#1
Vayra86
No Peter, just no.

But you correctly noted it wasn't exciting yet.
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#2
ZoneDymo
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^is the vibes im getting from that tweet
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#3
1d10t
but it's becoming clear that Intel wants a crack at the high-volume e-sports market, with a product that's fast enough for competitive e-sports gaming, and capable of AAA.
Pretty low bar there, so somewhere between RX 5500XT and GTX 1660Ti, at best?
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#4
TheinsanegamerN
"game developer relations engineer"

That sounds like the type of title one creates to pump up their resume.
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#5
Flanker
I mean, their 10NM node was right around the corner as well
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#6
Wirko
TheinsanegamerN"game developer relations engineer"

That sounds like the type of title one creates to pump up their resume.
Nah, it's Intel. That is a title handed out by the Chief Hierarchy Officer.
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#7
london
low power high performance and im in. dont care about rt / dls blur tech fairy bs
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#8
neatfeatguy
Even if Intel can jump into the fray and hit the ground running with cards that fit the lower end of the gaming market with this initial release, they certainly are better off than I would have first thought they'd be. Give them time to learn, adjust, adapt and get the correct people working on things and in another couple of generations they could easily close the gap between them and AMD/Nvidia.

Then again, I'm just hopeful a new player can come in and help with the current GPU problem......maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part.
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#9
londiste
1d10tPretty low bar there, so somewhere between RX 5500XT and GTX 1660Ti, at best?
4096 shaders and 256-bit memory? If they get decent clocks for that, probably in the range of 3600Ti/3070 and 6700XT. At best, maybe a bit higher.
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1d10t
londiste4096 shaders and 256-bit memory? If they get decent clocks for that, probably in the range of 3600Ti/3070 and 6700XT. At best, maybe a bit higher.
With that spec but targeting "just" e-sports and "capable" of AAA? Dunno man, doesn't look convincing to me.
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#11
medi01
btarunrDG2 should spark a lot more interest.
Emphasis on "should"

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#12
ymbaja
TheinsanegamerN"game developer relations engineer"

That sounds like the type of title one creates to pump up their resume.
What would you say... you do here?
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#13
Minus Infinity
Moore's Law is Dead is saying his Intel sources are claiming this card will target 3070, but will use more power. Still if it's priced right, is readily available at RRP it's a welcome addition. But the big thing will be driver support, good hardware is nothing without good drivers and they need frequent updates.

Hopefully it's $399 for 3070'ish performance.
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