Intel Xe DG1 Is The New ‘Iris Xe Max’ Discrete GPU Inside Laptops And These Are The Specifications And Features

Intel recently confirmed it was shipping out the Intel Xe DG1 GPU that the company had been building in-house. It is now confirmed that Intel has officially branded the same as ‘Iris Xe Max’ discrete GPU for the laptop computing segment. The new GPU from Intel is already available in select few laptops from ASUS and Acer.

Intel has officially offered some important details including specifications and features of the Iris Xe Max discrete GPU, which was formerly referred to as the Intel Xe DG1 GPU. The discrete graphics chip from Intel, meant for laptops is certainly better than the integrated graphics solutions within the laptop CPUs. However, the first iteration is certainly not a match to the powerful graphics chips from AMD and NVIDIA.

Iris Xe Max Discrete GPU Specifications, Features:

The Iris Xe Max discrete GPU is now available within laptops manufactured by ASUS and Acer. The GPU accompanies Tiger Lake CPUs. These CPUs have been reported to come with the Gen12 Intel Xe GPU earlier, but the details weren’t available.

The Iris Xe Max discrete GPU that comes with the 11th-Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 features 96 Execution Units (EUs) at a Base Clock speed of 1.35 GHz. With 96 EUs, the Iris-Xe-Max-GPU offers the same expansion and functionality but can increase the clock rate up to 1.65 GHz. This corresponds to an increase of 22.2 percent and the performance benefit of the dedicated variant should be around 20 percent. The Gen12 Xe discrete graphics solution essentially doubles the graphics performance compared to its predecessor with a power draw of 14W for a Core i7-1185G7.

The Iris Xe Max GPU is supported by 4 GB of memory. The memory type is LPDDR4X, and it features a memory bandwidth of 68 GB/s. The GPU is connected with the Intel Tiger Lake CPU with four PCI-Express-4.0-lanes.

As for the feature of the Iris Xe Max discrete GPU, it supports Variable Rate Shading, Adaptive Sync, and Async Compute. There’s also AV1 decode, output via eDP 1.4b, DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0b. The GPU can output at a maximum resolution of 4,096 x 2,304 at 60 Hz via HDMI and eDP as well as 7,680 x 4,320 pixels at 60 Hz via DisplayPort.

Is Iris Xe Max Discrete GPU Better Than Options From AMD And NVIDIA?

Previous reports have indicated that the Intel Xe DG1 or Iris Xe Max is better than the majority of integrated graphics solutions, but is not a match to the discrete graphics chips from AMD and NVIDIA. The real-life experience is identical to previous reports. A laptop with an Iris Xe Max GPU should be on par with a notebook with an MX350 GPU.

Incidentally, Intel never claimed the first iteration of the Xe discrete graphics solution is powerful. In fact, the company isn’t focusing on gaming performance. Instead, Intel is categorically advertising fast encoding and hardware acceleration for AI applications. Nonetheless, buyers can expect decent gaming performance from an Intel Iris Xe Max discrete GPU. Some recently launched laptops that come with the Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and dedicated Iris Xe Max GPU include Acer Swift 3X, the ASUS VivoBook TP470, and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.