Intel hints at imminent Xe-HPG DG2 gaming GPU reveal

midian182

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What just happened? It appears that Intel's Xe-HPG DG2 gaming GPU announcement will arrive any day now. In a tweet asking Odyssey cardholders to fill in their details to receive some swag, team blue confirmed its DG2 family's pending arrival.

On the Odyssey page, where cardholders are asked to fill out their details for the chance to grab some free merchandise, Intel writes: "We are soon heading toward a milestone moment, the pending release of the Xe HPG microarchitecture from Intel."

The news comes after Intel revealed in an HPC announcement (PDF) yesterday that DG2 is now sampling out to Chipzilla's partners.

This month has seen plenty of Xe-HPG DG2 teases and leaks. Intel senior vice president Raja Koduri tweeted a photo on June 2 of the chip that seemingly confirmed at least one of the SKUs will have 512 Execution Units (EUs), writing that there was still "lots of game and driver optimization work ahead."

There was also a tweet from reliable leaker TUM_APISAK that claimed Intel would release a 448 EU model to rival Nvidia's RTX 3070 and AMD's RX 6700 XT—the 512 EU DG2 is said to target the RTX 3070 Ti, which itself offers only limited improvements over the RTX 3070.

A couple of DG2 benchmarks appeared on Geekbench 5 recently. One with 256 EUs scored similar to the GTX 1050, while the other, likely an integrated GPU, had just 96 EUs, a 1,200 MHz clock speed, and 1.5GB memory, giving it a performance slightly lower than the GTX 460.

We also saw the gaming performance of Intel's budget Xe DG1 card, which is mainly for OEMs. Its 80 EUs or 640 shading units, 4GB of LPDDR4X-4266 across a 128-bit interface, 1,500 MHz boost clock speed, and 30W puts in on par with some of the latest Ryzen APUs, graphics wise.

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paul1122

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I wonder how long it will take them to get the drivers in order regarding features, bugs and performance.

Been working on my wireless drivers for about 15 years now, so I've got a good feeling. One word for Intel graphics: Starfighter.
 

R00sT3R

Posts: 477   +1,311
Right now, as things stand, they're just another opportunity for the Scalper Scum to take advantage of, So I hope these things won't be launched until at least Q1 2022, giving things a chance to return to a sane level.
 

QuantumPhysics

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IMAGINE if Intel had 3070 or 3080 rival ready whilst we were delaying with the crypto mining GPU shortage.

They could have been heroes.
 

Kosmoz

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The launch will be this year, as I've been saying, contrary to what some leakers claimed to be: Q1 2022.

It might be even sooner than Q4 2021.

What I'd like to know more is will the mobile GPUs launch 1st (as some of the latest leaks say) or the desktop ones?

I hope the new leaks are wrong again and the desktop ones are coming before mobile. But knowing Intel, I could see them going for the easier cake 1st... meh.
 

alchemist83

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I wonder how long it will take them to get the drivers in order regarding features, bugs and performance.
Probably not long considering they are one of, if not the no.1 driver maker in the world and been making drivers longer than just about anyone also...
 

Puiu

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Probably not long considering they are one of, if not the no.1 driver maker in the world and been making drivers longer than just about anyone also...
Considering the state of their IGP drivers and software (control panel), I would tend to believe otherwise.
Considering the state of their Wifi and BT drivers, I would tend to believe otherwise. :)
 

Lounds

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I'll believe the performance when the benchmarks come in. Until then it's a pipe dream that it will be competitive on performance. Price now there's where intel could steal competition.
 

Austinturner

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Right now, as things stand, they're just another opportunity for the Scalper Scum to take advantage of, So I hope these things won't be launched until at least Q1 2022, giving things a chance to return to a sane level.
You want less products in the market and you think less products will increase supply and lower prices? Um, why?
 

Shadowboxer

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I wouldn’t get too excited. If it’s good then scalpers will jack up the prices and people will pay them. Remember, we live in a world where demand for graphics cards is far higher than supply. Those who want better value than what we currently have will probably be disappointed.