Intel’s gaming card Xe-HPG DG2 gets stuck in the picture

Towards the end of the year, Intel is expected to enter the graphics card market with its game-oriented series Xe-HPG. According to previous information, the introduction takes place with the model DG2, whose circuit is said to be equipped with 512 execution units – a significant step up from the 96 found in the Xe-LP of the Tiger Lake laptop and the development card DG1. The performance level of the card is still obscure, but vague data from Intel itself points to computing power in the regions around Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3070.

Now the first alleged images appear on Intel’s upcoming graphics card. It is the Youtube channel Moore’s Law is Dead that shows what are said to be photographs of an early copy of the Xe-HPG DG2, where the design language is not completely different from the least DG1. However, this is a much larger card, where under the plastic cover we see a comprehensive cooling flange with two fans in the 80 mm class. Power is supplied via a 6-pin and an 8-pin PCI Express connector, which means a maximum power output of 300 W.

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The images are accompanied by data on specifications and early performance data that are said to come from the same source. As the Youtube profile’s previous leaks have had varying degrees of accuracy, this information should be taken as speculative. In any case, it should be a performance level that is somewhere between a Geforce RTX 3070 and a Geforce RTX 3080.

The DG2 is said to be equipped with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory over a 256-bit wide memory bus. The production of the circuit will, like previous tasks, take place at TSMC at 6 nanometers, which is a further development of the company’s 7 nanometer process. Intel is also alleged to be working on an equivalent to Nvidia’s upscaling technology DLSS which goes by the working name XeSS.

Whether the leaked information is correct remains to be seen, but it is clear that Intel will take on AMD and Nvidia in the autumn with at least one game-oriented graphics card.

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