The Intel Xe DG1 Graphics Card Benchmark Results Indicate It Is Faster Than All iGPUs But Slower Than Budget AMD And NVIDIA GPUs

The Intel Xe DG1 GPU has been appearing online for quite some time. The latest appearance in benchmarking results reaffirms the previously held assumptions about the entry-level performance. As evident from the results, the as-yet-unannounced discrete GPU from Intel outperforms all integrated or onboard GPUs but falls way short of even the most entry-level or budget graphics chips from  NVIDIA or AMD.

Intel’s first discrete graphics card packing the Xe DG1 GPU has been benchmarked in 3DMark. The Xe DG1 GPU offers performance that outpaces all existing integrated GPUs or iGPUs but doesn’t match even with entry-level discrete graphics cards from competitors.

Benchmarking Results Of Intel Xe DG1 Discrete GPUs Indicate Very Entry-Level Performance:

The Intel Xe DG1 discrete GPU for laptops has been spotted in a Fire Strike benchmark. Interestingly, there are no specifications mentioned in the leaked benchmark result. However, the Xe GPU was benchmarked alongside the Core i9-9900K. Since the 9th-Gen Intel Core i9-9900K doesn’t feature any Xe GPU onboard, it is quite obvious that the test board comprised of a discrete Xe DG1 GPU which should be featured on mobility products.

In terms of performance, the Intel Xe DG1 GPU based graphics card scored 5960 points. The scores are nearly identical to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950. However, a more realistic comparison would be to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680. Comparing the Intel XE DG1 GPU to products from AMD, the Intel’s offering sits below the Polaris lineup from AMD. The AMD Radeon RX 560 scores are 200-300 points more than the Xe DG1 GPU.

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As previously reported, the first generation of discrete graphics solutions from Intel would be for entry-level systems. The latest benchmarking results merely affirm the same. The results should offer some idea about what to expect from a more optimized version of the Xe DG1 GPU which will be embedded in notebooks and laptops. Portable computing devices with Intel Xe DG1 discrete GPU are expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2020.

It is important to note that all Xe DG1 graphics boards are either Test Units or SDV (Software Development Vehicles). This essentially means the GPUs won’t get a retail launch. In other words, the Intel Xe DG1 GPU is primarily a mobility GPU. These presumably entry-level graphics solutions will be either iGPUs in laptops or an integrated GPU on Intel’s Tiger Lake CPUs.

Intel Planning To Enter iGPU Market And Compete With Entry-Level Products From NVIDIA And AMD?

Based on the earlier reports and the benchmarking results, it is quite likely that Intel is planning to enter the iGPU market, and could be starting at the bottom. This means Intel’s first iGPU will compete with mainstream laptop GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA. This should give Intel ample time and experience to build the second generation or Xe DG2 GPUs, which should perform significantly better than the first generation.

Intel’s primary competition would be AMD Vega GPU which has been refined on the 7nm Process Node for Renoir Ryzen 4000 Series mobility APUs that are based on the ZEN 2 architecture. On the other hand, Intel will also compete against NVIDIA’s MX line of entry-level iGPUs which are based on Pascal Architecture, with a Turing Architecture based lineup in development.


Alap Naik Desai

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