Intel, Raja Koduri shows the GPU Xe HPG in photos: gaming cards getting closer
Raja Koduri, general manager of the Architecture, Graphics and Software division of Intel, ha posted on Twitter the image of a GPU Car HPG (High Performance Gaming) designed to compete with the AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce proposals. It is a solution DG2-512, so it has 512 Execution Unit: Since each EU contains 8 shaders, the GPU has 4096 shader units.
For the rest we do not know much about the official, Intel has never been too unbalanced, except to confirm that the cards will be equipped with memory GDDR6 and will support the ray tracing in hardware. The GPU in question comes out of the labs in Folsom, California, and the B0 that you read on the package could be a reference to stepping.
In his tweet, Koduri mentions Roger Chandler and Lisa Pearce, responsible for the software part, not only underlining how much work has been done in the past months, but also how much more there is to be done on the driver front, with all-round optimizations: “They are all very excited… and a little scared,” writes Koduri. Difficult to say at the moment when we will see an Intel GPU, it is not clear how complex and lengthy that optimization work that Koduri talks about is.
According to the latest rumors, therefore to be taken with the usual precautions, DG2-512 should guarantee performance just below the RTX 3080, so much so that some would define it as an RTX 3070 Ti in terms of performance in traditional titles based on rasterization. There is talk of good ray tracing performance, but Nvidia would retain an advantage. Intel would also be working on XeSS, that is a competitor of the DLSS, in parallel with another unspecified technology to ensure good fluidity.
DG2-512 should have a 256-bit bus and 16GB of GDDR6 memory, while regarding the production process of the GPU there is uncertainty between 6 and 7 nanometers of TSMC. On the TDP front, it could sit under 235 watts. There are also rumors of a truly competitive encoder, better than the competition.
Intel obviously does not have a single board in the pipeline, but several models with 128 and 256 EU, as well as various 64 and 256 bit bus configurations. Regarding the debut, there are rumors of a launch set between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022, at least for the flagship model which could be positioned between 350 and 500 dollars. Finally, in 2023 we should see the debut of “Elasti“, code name of the alleged successor of DG2.