Intel has been quite secretive about its entry into the Graphics Card or Discrete GPU market. The Intel DG1 GPU should be the company’s first dedicated Graphics Processing Unit. It has been persistently indicated that the first-ever discrete GPU from Intel will be aimed at the entry-level gamers or enthusiast market. Interestingly, the latest leak from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) filings strongly implies the same.
Intel had already confirmed that their first-ever discrete Graphics Cards will be based on the Xe Architecture. The same has been extensively developed under the leadership of Raja Koduri, who has served as the lead architect for AMD Radeon. Intel roped him to improve their GPU architecture and to head their graphics team. The main feature of Xe architecture is its ability to scale both mobile and desktop components. It basically means rather than developing another architecture for the mobile GPU; Intel can use a single architecture to develop both desktop and mobile GPUs. The latest EEC filings seem to strongly corroborate the same.
Intel Xe DG 1 Discreet GPU To Pack 96 Execution Units And Is Meant For Both Desktop And Mobile Computing Devices?
Intel is expected to officially confirm the existence of its first-ever dedicated GPU, the Intel DG1, soon. In fact, a Tweet from Chris Pirillo, who lists himself as the “Chief Community Advocate / Community Jedi” for Intel Corporation, almost confirmed the same. The Tweet dismissed any and all negative rumors about the Intel DG1 GPU which many repeatedly claimed the still-experimental product was running into issues and facing potential cancellation.
As indicated earlier, the Xe (e is the superscript) Architecture will span across many segments. Intel will rely on the Xe Architecture right from entry-level mobile gaming to high-performance computing. The Intel DG1 GPU will Intel’s first discrete graphics for gamers. Interestingly, reports claim Intel will launch the DG2 variant as well. It is important to note that the ‘DG’ nomenclature is merely a placeholder and not the actual names. In other words, Intel hasn’t indicated the name of the entirely new series of discrete GPU that the company is about to unveil soon.
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The latest leak from EEC indicates the first generation of the Graphics Cards from Intel, packing the DG1 GPU, and based on the Xe Architecture, will pack 96 Execution Units. If Intel retains the same design principle for DG1 as for Intel mobile HD/UHD graphics, then buyers could expect 96×8 Shading Units, which is 768 Shading Units. However, it is quite likely that the Intel DG1 GPU might just pack 1536 (96×16) Shading Units. But based on the company’s rumored approach to market penetration, it is more likely that the first-ever Intel Discrete GPU will have 768 Shading Units as it will be aimed at entry-level graphics.
Incidentally, Intel’s Tiger Lake too is believed to have 96 EUs (featuring Gen12 Xe based graphics).
- DG1 External FRD1 96EU Accessory Kit (Alpha) Development Kit (DGD12KEF3A)
- Discrete Graphics 96EU DG1 8+2 Windows External PROD HOST SDP (Alpha) (DGD12SEH4A)
- Discrete Graphics 96EU DG1 6+2 Windows External PROD HOST SDP (Alpha) (DGD12SEH3A)
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The similarities are interesting because recent claims about the DG1 put the GPU in the power envelope of Tiger Lake +25 percent and with a TDP of only 25W. It is quite likely that Intel will price Graphics Cards with Intel DG1 GPU, very attractively. The prices could be attractive enough to allow Intel to quickly grab the market share. Intel’s most likely strategy with the DG1 GPU would be to offer Graphics Card to every entry-level gamer and pull first-time buyers away from AMD. Additionally, it is quite unlikely that Intel would take on NVIDIA in the premium or top-end Graphics Card market from the beginning.