Intel has flipped the switch and officially enabled its high-end discrete Xe graphics card known as DG2.
The news came from CEO Bob Swan in a earnings call from Intel following the latest financial results, as reported by Alpha search: “Our first discrete GPU DG1 is shipping now and will be available in multi-OEM systems later in the fourth quarter. We have also enabled our next generation GPU for client DG2. Based on our Xe high-performance gaming architecture, this product will take our discrete graphics capabilities to the next level in the enthusiast segment. “
In other words, this is Intel’s heavyweight gaming card (Xe-HPG), as opposed to a regular model, and it’s now in working condition – but clearly there’s a lot more to do.
The DG1 map, which is now shipping as mentioned, was first enabled in this way in October 2019 to give you some context. So maybe next year we’ll see DG2 at this stage.
The other big news, of course, is that DG1 will hit shelves later in 2020. Known as Intel Iris Xe Max, this is a discrete graphics card for laptops, and we’ve already announced it by some manufacturers, for example, Acer’s Swift 3x comes with a Tiger Lake mobile CPU and Iris Xe Max graphics card.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see how that GPU performs in notebooks, but more eyes will likely be on DG2, and how that could disrupt the Nvidia and AMD duopoly when it comes to discrete graphics cards for PC -gaming, hopefully later next year as previously rumored.
Spotted in specifications
It seems Intel is already giving some idea of specifications for Xe-HPG cards, as the DG2 GPU recently showed up in system requirements (on Steam) for horror game Amnesia: Rebirth as one of the recommended graphics solutions. So hopefully that’s a good sign when it comes to Intel’s DG2 card development time.
PC gamer, who saw Swan’s announcement, points out that elsewhere on the GPU vine, leaker Moore’s law is dead has claimed on YouTube that DG2 can be pitched to about the same level of performance as an RTX 3070, but take that with a huge handful of salt or two.
What we know for sure is that DG2 supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing and it is not built by Intel itself, but by a third-party myth.