Intel Xe DG2 GPU reportedly matches RTX 3070 performance, DG1 GPU launching later this year

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 1:00 PM

Intel is getting ready to release their very first ever discrete graphics cards, the Intel Xe series of graphics cards marks an interesting time in the long-dominant CPU maker. The first GPU, the Intel Xe DG1, will be launching later this year whilst their second GPU, the Xe DG2, is reportedly along the lines of RTX 3070 performance, and will most likely be launching sometime next year.

Our first discrete GPU DG1 is shipping now and will be in systems for multiple OEMs later in Q4,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan in a recent earnings call. However, it's currently unknown whether this card will be used solely in laptops or will be coming to desktops at all. Right now it seems like Intel is focusing on laptops more than desktops unfortunately.

But what’s also interesting is their next planned discrete GPU, the Intel Xe DG2, is rumored to match performance of the upcoming RTX 3070, and Intel has just fired up the new card in their labs: “We also powered on our next-generation GPU for client DG2. Based on our Xe high-performance gaming architecture, this product will take our discrete graphics capability up the stack into the enthusiast segment.

The “powered on” stage of GPU development is pretty significant, as it's a very important step in internal validation tests, and is the last step before getting sent out to developers and manufacturers for external validation. Though this does mean that we’re still a long way before actually seeing the card, so it's likely we’ll only get to see some concrete images/performance later next year at some point.

No official statement has said that the Intel Xe DG2 GPU will be on par with the RTX 3070 in terms of performance and is purely speculation, though apparently it's what Intel is at least hoping for. It’s also been rumored to use the 6nm process node, and will use up to 16GB of GDDR6 video memory.

No information regarding official specs or pricing details have been released yet unfortunately, so its currently all speculation as to how Intel’s latest venture into the GPU market will perform, or cost. But what do you think? Are you excited for Intel’s first discrete graphics cards? How much do you think they will cost? Will we see a desktop version of the DG1 GPU? Let us know your thoughts!

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23:26 Oct-27-2020

I kinda hope someone makes a bright blue version. Having at intel GPU seems pretty cool.

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20:19 Oct-27-2020

LETS GOOOOOO....

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22:48 Oct-26-2020

More competition the merrier.

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19:02 Oct-26-2020

A first generation product of a new gpu that has no game dev consideration... id rather stick to something i know is tried and tested and has years of experience behind it.

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17:31 Oct-26-2020

I'm all for it...... I miss the days when we had sooooo many choices in CPUs and GPUs.

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20:21 Oct-27-2020

me too bro
me too

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17:06 Oct-26-2020

And let me guess, will cost twice as much?

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15:34 Oct-26-2020

Im pretty excited to see more competition in the gpu market, also those 16 gb vram should come in handy, dont know why nvidia is calncelling the 20 gb 3080 and the 16 gb 3070

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15:27 Oct-26-2020

I740 was there first gpu and to say it was a disappointment would be an understatment. They released a pci version that had more ram and was slightly faster (the first one was agp) that was sold to 3rd parties for system integration. Then there was a I752 that was slightly faster than the AGP I740 but was still a disappointment. That would make this their 4th gpu and first GPGPU.

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17:30 Oct-26-2020

I loved my I740(when it worked), unfortunately it didn't play too well with my AMD K6-2, but when it wasn't crashing it actually performed quite well........ I ended up replacing it with an ATI Rage 128 which was a bit more reliable, but could not match the I740 in performance.

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20:15 Oct-26-2020

the was pretty much the only gpu it could beat lol
because it relied on agp texture mapping to system ram, its 3d performance was bad. low amount of ram kept the price down along with its performance. thats why the pci, with more ram, performed better.

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21:31 Oct-26-2020

Mine had the upper range of RAM which was 8MB.... and at the time that was actually a pretty standard amount of VRAM..... anyway it wasn't terribly impressive, but it did surprise me that with all of the good reviews ATI was getting at the time for their Rage 128 line that the I740 was pretty much destroying it.
Later on I would upgrade to a Matrox Millennium G400 with 32MB VRAM and that was a GREAT card which I still have and use in my retro rigs, unfortunately I no longer have the I740.

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01:07 Oct-27-2020

i didnt have anything like that. i was running voodoo graphics and when the intel came out, my voodoo banshee was on its way out and being replaced by the voodoo 3 and intel had nothing against either of those. my banshee has 12mb. my voodoo rush before that was still better.

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05:29 Oct-27-2020

To be fair.... a voodoo card just wasn't in my budget back then(lol I'm not sure if a USED Voodoo card is in my budget even NOW! xD), also at that stage where I was coming from I was of the opinion that all the power was in the CPU and that a VGA was a VGA..... I did quickly find out how wrong I was, but back then I was more or less winging it and pretty much finding out by trial and error what card worked for me and what didn't.

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19:26 Oct-27-2020

There was no way to not do that. After voodoo 3 I continued with 3dfx. Enjoyed the gpus but got burned by the fact that Nvidia and ATI were leaving them in the dust. My geforce 3 ti500 (still have it in a box somewhere) was amazing compared to my voodoo 5 5500.

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14:42 Oct-26-2020

News in 2022:
New security vulnerabilities found in Intel's GPUs, similar to SPectre and Meltdown. A driver/VBIOS update has been issued, reducing the performance by up to 20%

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13:36 Oct-26-2020

We desperately needed more players in mainstream gpu manufacturing and this is going to be interesting, intel is obviously not a no name company and in couple of generations we might see surprising results, i personally expect for big navi to be quite close to nvidias pricing and market needs competition in bang for buck gpus in 150-300$ price range. Hitting 3070 performance level for first take? might be bs rumor but damn if its true thats impressive.

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14:46 Oct-26-2020

I don't see how that's particularly impressive, given that they've been in the iGPU market for ages. Considering how relatively well their iGPUs are doing, given the size within the CPU package, scaling that up to a full-size chip with better cooling, more power, memory, etc - yeah, it'll be fine. On top of that, it would be a totally useless endeavor for them to release a weak card, because that would be a recipe for a DOA product in the currently established market between AMD and Nvidia.

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18:36 Oct-26-2020

Im pretty sure creating full fat gpu is much more difficult job than just you know "add more X on base igpu" it wont be DOA if the price is right even if they release dedicated HD630 :D so yeah they dont need to compete on high end just from the get go, just priced right stable gpu at decent price will be enough for now, what im not sure about upcoming intel gpus are drivers, now this will be real test for them.

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13:34 Oct-26-2020

More the better!

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13:32 Oct-26-2020

why not

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13:22 Oct-26-2020

Surprised to see more folks in the poll uninterested in what intel could offer

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13:26 Oct-26-2020

Same, im not sure if they thought "interested in buying" or just overall interest. For me every pc hardware be it cpu, gpu are interesting especially when we see completely new hardware from intel.

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14:49 Oct-26-2020

I voted "not interested", because I don't see myself buying one for a long time. Tied in with CUDA professionally, anyway. The only interesting part here for me would be if they managed to do something like:
1) Create a GPU that would be significantly faster in gaming than Nvidia/AMD offerings
2) Disrupt the GPU pricing so that we don't have to cry every time we open our wallets for a new GPU.
Otherwise...meh...

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18:42 Oct-26-2020

Im pretty sure intel will be forced to play pricing game for now(for your second requirement) especially that they are new guys in this sector, though i believe intel used to have few goofy workstation video cards or something like that. Well for you yeah, i think even amd wouldnt be too attractive for you, because of cuda requirements?

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