Intel teases Xe HPG graphics and kicks off a GPU scavenger hunt

mongeese

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Something to look forward to: Intel is planning to release their first Xe HPG gaming GPU chips this year, but we don’t know when -- it could be late in the year, or it could be later this week when Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger takes the stage for his first presentation. Either way, they’ll be something worth watching.

Intel is ramping up the marketing machine for Xe HPG, their upcoming line of high performance gaming GPUs. In a short clip posted to Twitter, they tease a scavenger hunt that’s going to enter phase two on Friday.

In Intel’s teaser, a Xe LP (low power) chip gets hit by a beam and upgraded to a Xe HPG chip. The latter is five times larger, which could be a nod to their designs: Intel’s current LP offerings top out at 96 EUs, while the HPG line is rumored to reach about 512 EUs, five times more and change. It’s usually a bit of a stretch to draw conclusions like that, but this video is full of clues.

At around 17 seconds, the code "79.0731W" appears on the bottom right corner of the platform the chips rest on. As of writing, the code’s unbroken, but there’s speculation that 'thirty-one weeks' could be a release date. Four more lines of code appear at the 22 second mark, at the bottom right of the chip. They’ve been decoded already. (If you’d like to decode them yourself, don’t scroll any further.)

Credit goes to duckofdeath for posting the solution. Each line is a binary number, and the four of them strung together are an IP address: 35.160.237.208. It’s the address for xehpg.intel.com.

Intel’s site says that the "Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt" will launch at 9 am PST on March 26, and that a “secret code” will be required. It could be the first code from the video, or it could be something revealed next week. We’ll keep you updated -- if you share the clues you discover.

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Dimitriid

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Getting any decent GPU right now is already a scavenger hunt.

But seriously if this is 1650 levels I might just get one, just because there's literally nothing else to get right now. I am not sure it will reach even those levels of performance for gaming though but hey, if it gets games at 1080p 60fps on *any* detail level it's better than anything you can buy at MSRP right now, which is well, nothing at all for most people.
 

JohnSmithESP

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Let's see of Intel continues pushing quicksync as nvidia is doing with nvenc, just seeing how they support OBS is a good sign
 

McMurdeR

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It's going to be mediocre, expensive and probably a flop long term, but Intel's marketing is industry leading so if they're available, they will sell fast.

They are the only GPU maker who won't be relying on someone else's foundry for supply. Regardless of how good or bad the chips are, there's an actual possibility that Intel might be the only game in town in 2020. Talk about the stars aligning.
 

duckofdeath

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They are the only GPU maker who won't be relying on someone else's foundry for supply. Regardless of how good or bad the chips are, there's an actual possibility that Intel might be the only game in town in 2020. Talk about the stars aligning.
*2021
Is it confirmed they'll be making them in-house? Last I heard, the rumours implied TSMC's seemingly failing foundry? If Intel do succeed ot make them all in-house, it's likely to be a cash cow, no mater how it performs. :D
 

mongeese

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*2021
Is it confirmed they'll be making them in-house? Last I heard, the rumours implied TSMC's seemingly failing foundry? If Intel do succeed ot make them all in-house, it's likely to be a cash cow, no mater how it performs. :D
Off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure it was confirmed that they were using TSMC 7nm. The same node used for AMD's CPUs and GPUs, as far as I'm aware. I doubt that they'll be able to end the shortage.