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Intel teases its discrete graphics card, coming 2020

By LemmingOverlrd · 11 replies
Aug 16, 2018
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  1. Whether it's Chris Hook's hand in Marketing, or Raja Koduri's management style (both men poached from AMD), Intel is being a bit of a tease with the upcoming 2020 launch of its discrete graphics processor.

    Arctic Sound, is the rumored internal codename for Intel's 12th generation GPU, which is said to power both discrete and integrated parts.

    Using the last day at SIGGRAPH 2018 as a backdrop, Intel is tactically trying to grab some headlines and has posted a tweet with a teaser video of its future graphics card, under the motto "Set our graphics free". This is the first time Intel gives us a glimpse, albeit such a vague one, on the state of its development. We'd advise taking it for what it is... just a teaser. But it does give us a reassuring feeling that things are, somewhat, on schedule.

    Although little is revealed by it, the video runs us by Intel's recent accomplishments in the graphics domain, from the first 4K video-capable IGP to what it says is the first fully compliant DX12 graphics processor... all this building up to a single backlit take of what appears to be a rather slim (single slot) graphics card. It gives away very little and leaves a little bit of "damn you, Intel!" aftertaste in the mouth, which, we presume, was the whole point.

    Knowing Raja Koduri's style, we know we'll be seeing a lot more of these teasers, right up until the launch of the GPU which still seems far, far away.

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  2. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 736   +1,064

    Everyone will like the idea of having a serious additional competitor in the discrete GPU space, providing they deliver something worthy. With the team they have assembled it seems like a decent bet.

    I am always interested in mobile or integrated graphics these days for notebooks as well. Integrated graphics on Intel have only really been barely sufficient, Iris Pro was ok but not in common consumer machines. The Intel-Vega graphics is an interesting experiment but the models sporting those chips are also firmly in the premium bracket.

    I want to see Intel being capable of integrating one of their CPUs with a much better graphics core capable of playing modern games, and not just in ultrabooks that cost $1500. AMD are starting to get there with their APUs, but I think it'll really take off if Intel have a GPU design they can modularise and throw at mainstream notebooks in various performance guises.
    mrtraver likes this.
  3. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 671   +564

    An Iris Pro with 1-2GB 6Gb/s GDDR5/6 (instead of shared 2133MHz DDR4) would compete fairly well with entry level cards like GT 1030/RX 540 so there's no reason they can't scale that up a bit to compete at the $150-200 level. I don't think anyone is expecting a competitor for a 1080/2080/Vega 64 right out of the gate but something low midrange will get people's $€£ if it's competitive.
    mrtraver likes this.
  4. mosu

    mosu TS Evangelist Posts: 501   +112

    I'm just waiting(not anxiously)that Raja Koduri proves his real value....or not.
    Dimitrios likes this.
  5. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 693   +375

    Intel can try, I mean, but they can't top what NVIDIA presented this year.

    This is not even Raja's product, yet. To everyone: this will not be the result of Raja's team.
    Evernessince likes this.
  6. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 465   +346

    Same here. Honestly I never liked Raja idk why, he comes off sketchy to me.
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,995   +3,481

    Don't think this is entirely Raja's work. The man just started at Intel not that long ago. In order to get ready for 2020 they had to have been doing plenty of groundwork beforehand.
    EEatGDL likes this.
  8. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,712   +2,509

    If history is any guide the discrete cards they produce will be overpriced, have a gazillion SKUs and driver variants and still be just barely adequate for mid-range gaming.
  9. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Addict Posts: 144   +115

    They've been doing integrated GPUs for years, and they've already made the low end discreet market effectively redundent. Make no mistake, these are no blow-ins - they have the resources to scale these things up pretty quickly, and their own foundries could potentially give them a significant advantage over their competitors. If they got mid range GPUs on the market by 2020, it will have a serious impact on both AMD and Nvidia pricing and strategy.
    Sausagemeat likes this.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,389   +3,778

    The bigger issue is if Intel is going to use their own processor chips and how many of THOSE will have the security holes that some of their newest ones have ...... a real bummer
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,388   +5,015

    I'd like to think that is apples to oranges. But you may have a point.
  12. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 586   +193

    I don't see this ever hitting the market tbh.

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