The Xe HPG DG2 gaming graphics cards from Intel have garnered quite a fair bit of attention over the last couple of months. Now, no one’s expecting them to actually do some damage to NVIDIA and AMD’s market share (not yet, at least), but they’ll definitely make the everlasting GPU battle a lot more interesting!
For the longest time, though, we didn’t have anything concrete to talk about other than bombastic promises and a bunch of presentation slides. Fortunately, seeing how we’re slowly approaching the release of these GPUs, we finally have a couple of leaked benchmarks to go over. And, surprisingly enough, these Xe DG2 graphics cards from Intel pack quite a punch! If they’re priced appropriately (and don’t start flying off the shelves for mining purposes), gamers might actually have something to look forward to!
Dedicated graphics cards from Intel (good ones, no less). Who would’ve thought!
Intel Xe Gaming GPUs | Let’s Talk Performance
We’ll spare you the technical nitty-gritty and will instead dive straight into the leaked performance numbers. Two different SKUs have been unearthed through an online database; one of them has 448 execution units, and the other a much more modest 128 EUs. The former will be based on Intel’s DG2-512EU die, so the model at hand has been slightly cut down.
The results? Seriously impressive. The more potent card of the two is about equal in power to AMD’s RX 6700 XT and NVIDIA’s RTX 3070. There is a small difference (we’re talking single digits), but it’s relatively negligible at this point. We can also extrapolate these numbers and predict that the full-fledged 512 EU die will then be about as powerful as an RTX 3080 or 3070 Ti. If Intel opts for a more modest MSRP, they could definitely upend the GPU “status quo.”
As for the 128 EU model, its power ranges between a GTX 1650 and 1650 SUPER. So, nothing too spectacular, but still potent enough for a bit of 1080p on High/Ultra settings, depending on the title.
Something for everyone’s pocket, as they say.
It seems as though that the folks over at Intel don’t want to compete with the absolute best GPUs on the market (think RTX 3090, 6900 XT) and that’s definitely the right call. We know that Intel’s line-up will include three separate dies (512 EU, 384 EU, and 128EU), along with three cut-down variants as well (448 EU, 256 EU, and 96 EU). So six graphics cards in total will hit the market at some point in the future.
It’s still unclear as to when these graphics cards will hit the market. The two models listed above will probably hit the shelves in Q4 of 2021, with the rest coming out a couple of months afterwards. These GPUs will be produced on TSMC’s 6nm node, which means that the ongoing semiconductor shortages will undoubtedly affect Intel and their output. That’s just the world we now live in.
A limited supply is all but guaranteed at this point, although we’re crossing our fingers that the whole crypto craze will subdue by the time Intel decides to start shipping these GPUs to customers! In any case, color us intrigued! You can expect a lot more information over the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!