Intel Xe GPU Optimized For High-End Gaming Arriving Early Next Year Branded As ‘Xe-HPG’

Intel appears to be developing its own Xe Graphics Solutions for multiple markets, consumers, and industries. After about two years in development, Intel appears ready with yet another Xe micro-architecture called Xe-HPG which could be a Xe GPU that will be optimized for gaming. The gaming-optimized GPU is in addition to the multiple other Xe-based Graphics Solutions.

Intel has been actively developing its own GPU Architecture codenamed the Xe. Persistent reports have indicated the different tiers of Graphics Solutions that are being developed for multiple different applications and areas such as HPC (High-Performance Computing), Mobility Graphics Solutions, and data-centers. Now a new type of Xe GPU, intended for the enthusiast segment, serious gamers, or the prosumer market has surfaced online. Referred to as the Xe-HPG, the GPU will be optimized for high-end gaming and is expected to arrive next year, possibly with Ray Tracing support.

Intel Developing Multiple Xe GPUs Like Xe-LP, Xe-HP, Xe-HPC, and Now Xe-HPG?

Since 2018, Intel has been silently developing its own line of dedicated graphics solution called the Xe. The Xe DG1 was the first to appear online. However, the Xe DG1 appears to be an entry-level dGPU that could be embedded inside laptops, and compete against the lower-end mobility graphics solutions from NVIDIA and AMD.

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Apart from the Xe DG1, which could end up being labeled as the Xe Iris dGPU for laptops, Intel is also developing Xe Graphics Solutions for a few specific industries with purpose-driving customizations and configurations. The Xe-HPG, which could stand for ‘High-Performance Gaming’, is apparently made and optimized for the gaming segment. Graphics Cards branded as Xe-HPG could be offered at multiple price points ranging from mid-range to enthusiast.

Reports claim the Xe-HPG is built upon the three Xe pillars: Xe-LP (Graphics Efficiency), Xe-HP (Scalability), and Xe-HPC (Compute Efficiency). It is not immediately clear how these three different attributes are helping the Xe-HPG, but it appears Intel could go after the mid-range NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series of Graphics Cards that are based on the Ampere Architecture. Intel is certainly trying to beat AMD with its products in the CPU segment, and the Xe-HPG might just help the company.

Intel Xe-HPG Graphics Solutions Rumored Specifications and Features:

Intel hasn’t offered any specific details. In fact, the company hasn’t even officially acknowledged the Xe-HPG Series of discrete graphics solutions. However, reports strongly indicate Intel could pack GDDR6 Memory to improve the performance per dollar ratio. The recently leaked Xe-HP Series, meant for high-performance task-specific computers and data centers, are expected to feature HBM Memory.

Incidentally, in addition to the Xe-HPG, the Graphics Solution headed to a server farm configuration is rumored to be branded as Intel SG1. As expected, the Intel Xe-LP SG1 should feature the HBM memory configuration that could be customized based on the specific needs of the industry.

As for the Intel Xe-HPG, the company is rumored to be readying three variants, which could feature either a single, dual, or four tile configurations. Interestingly, reports also claim the graphics device is codenamed ‘XeHP HD Graphics Neo‘, but previous reports have claimed the solution is codenamed ‘Arctic Sound’.Apparently a closed-circulation demonstration revealed the core count for each of these graphics processors variants. The single-tile configuration featured 512 EUs, 2-tile variant gets 1024 EUs and the top-end variant, which is expected to be labeled as ‘Arctic Sound’, with 4-tiles, sports 2048 EUs.


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.