Intel Xe HP ‘Arctic Sound’ ‘Neo Graphics’ GPU Leaks Online In Geekbench Listing Indicating Entry-Level Data-Center Capabilities

Intel’s yet another in-house developed Xe-branded graphics product has leaked online. The leaked Geekbench listing indicates Intel is testing the Intel Xe HP ‘Arctic Sound’ or ‘Neo Graphics’ solution. Incidentally, this iteration, based on the Intel Xe HP design, is not meant for end-consumers.

Intel recently offered some information about its in-house developed ‘Xe’ branded graphics. The company’s first iteration, the Intel Xe DG1 or Intel Iris Xe Max GPU is already part of the laptops that ship with the 11th-Gen Tiger Lake processors. However, Intel intends to go far and become an active part of the HPC, Gaming, and Server-centric graphics solutions. Accordingly, the company’s data-centric graphics solution codenamed Intel Xe ‘Neo Graphics’ has apparently leaked online.

Intel Xe HP ‘Arctic Sound’ ‘Neo Graphics’ GPU Specifications, Features:

The Intel Xe Iris Max GPU is part of the Intel Tiger Lake laptop computing segment. It is a discrete GPU that works with the Intel CPU. The Iris Xe MAX GPU is the company’s first discrete GPU from Intel, aimed at 1080p gaming and content creators. Needless to add, this is just the beginning. Intel is expected to launch two entirely new GPU families: Xe-HP and Xe-HPG.

The Intel Xe-HP is reportedly a data-centric GPU codenamed Arctic Sound, and the latter is probably the gaming-oriented GPU called Intel Xe DG2. The leaked Geekbench listing offers some information on the Xe-HP GPU. The listing indicates the as-yet-unreleased Intel Xe HP NEO graphics chip features 512 EUs. This translates to 4096 shading units.

The new Geekbench leak shows the GPU running at 1.15 GHz clock speed. The GPU ran the Geekbench’s OpenCL test and scored 25,475 points. Needless to add, these are very low scores. NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 GPU scored 140,484 in similar tests. Even last year’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 scored 70681 points. It is, however, important to note that Intel’s Xe HP will be Intel’s next generation of datacenter GPUs targeting raw compute performance, and is probably not meant for gaming.

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The Xe HP GPU has multi-GPU capabilities, commonly referred to as tiling. There could be a maximum of four tiles per chip. This is quite similar to AMD’s CCX on its latest ZEN 3-based Ryzen based platforms. Each tile represents a GPU, and Intel will make one, two, and four tile solutions for the data center, all connected via a high-speed interconnect called EMIB (Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge). The Xe GPUs will also include tensor cores for AI intensive applications and HBM2e memory.

Incidentally, from the possibility of four tiles, the Geekbench listing indicates the power of a single tile or single Intel Xe HP GPU. Moreover, this is most likely an early stage engineering sample, and the software could be far from optimum. Hence there’s a lot of potential for improvement and optimization. Incidentally, a Geekbench 5 compute test on an Asus laptop with a Core i7-1167G7 that features a 96 EU Xe Graphics solution managed to score 15212 points.

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.