Intel confirms specs for their upcoming DG2 graphics cards

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 1:18 PM

Intel is currently working on their first official desktop graphics cards set to rival both Nvidia and AMD in the GPU market. So far we’ve only little tidbits of information, but Intel has now officially revealed some of the specs for each different GPU, including the amount of Execution Units, memory configurations, and a total of 5 different SKUs.

The information comes from Intel itself as they have updated their repository website with new details on the DG2 graphics cards. Unfortunately none of these files are accessible without an official NDA, and even then is only limited to system integrators or laptop manufacturers etc. However, you can search for these files and find some interesting information inside them.

Intel DG2 desktop GPU specs

The first major news bit is that there will be at least 5 different SKUs in total, with a mix of laptop and desktop configurations. The 3 confirmed desktop GPUs include variants of 512 EUs, 384 EUs, and 128 EUs.

In graphics card manufacturing, different companies will obviously have different architectures powering their hardware. But this also results in a different configuration for Cores and Shading Units. As such, comparing the amount of cores/shading units to other graphics cards from different companies will never accurately detail how they will perform in comparison.

With that said, EUs stand for Execution Units, the cores of Intel’s graphics architecture. It is also said to have 8 Shading Units per EU, and so if there are no changes to the architecture then we’re looking at 4096 Shading Units for the first 512 EU graphics card, and 3072 and 2048 Shading Units for the 384 and 128 EU variants respectively.

Intel DG2 desktop GPU memory configurations

The memory configurations for the Intel DG2 graphics cards have also been seemingly leaked thanks to the repository update. With this information along with the other details above and more, we can now accurately map out the five DG2 graphics cards planned so far.

The flagship model of the DG2 lineup seems to have 16GB of VRAM on a 256-bit Memory Bus, as well as a TGP of up to 150W.

GPU Execution Units Shading Units Memory size Memory type Bus Width TGP
SKU1 512 4096 16GB GDDR6 256-bit Up to 150W
SKU2 384 3072 12GB 192-bit -
SKU3 256 2048 8GB 128-bit -
SKU4 128 1024 4GB 64-bit -
SKU5 96 768 Up to 120W

So that’s all we know so far regarding Intel’s upcoming DG2 graphics card. We’ll have to wait and see what performance is actually like, but so far rumors are putting it close to the RTX 3070 in terms of performance (most likely for the flagship model), or even the AMD RX 6000 series.

Either way, it’s exciting to have a new and official player in the graphics card market, as more competition will not only increase availability to customers in a global chip shortage, but will also help to create more competitive pricing in the future - that is, after the chip shortage stops causing GPU prices to rise again.

What do you think? Are you excited for Intel’s DG2 graphics card? How much do you think each SKU will cost? And when do you think we can see them in action? Let us know your thoughts!

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10:05 Apr-01-2021

They can't choose a better time than right now to enter the gpu market. Pretty much anything will sell as long as it's available.

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23:08 Mar-31-2021

Ah man, Will the day come when a AMD CPU with an Intel GPU will be viable? This is gonna be wild man!

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14:33 Mar-31-2021

Imo AMD gonna lose ground if Intel put good gpus out there with good price....amd treat gamers like smaller crap...in other hand Nvidia treat them like big crap (dont give fk)...
If intel come straight with big punches...auuuu :D

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20:38 Mar-31-2021

but AMD's CPU are already popular, anybody I ask they are having Ryzen CPUs.

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14:23 Mar-31-2021

There hasn't been a better time in years to come into the market. Intel really could have a winner on their hands even if they aren't very good but well priced they could take a serious chunk of market share very quickly. I can't believe that I'm actually kinda excited about it too. Bring a winner Intel!

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13:43 Mar-31-2021

I remember the laughs from merely a year ago that people gave to announcements of intel gpu's...oh how the things have changed...I now wouldn't be surprised to see team blue take gpu market by storm and dethrone both green and red opponent.

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10:45 Mar-31-2021

lets hope wont require intel cpu too work at 100%, these days wont be surprised of this sort of scheme

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09:12 Mar-31-2021

i seriously cant wait to see what unique tech they bring to the game DLSS is a true game changer and id like to see intel bring some crazy new gaming tech to stand out

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03:13 Mar-31-2021

These specs seem pretty good for their first entrance in the discrete GPU market. What they need to do now is fix up their driver support and enhance it completely and boom. They'r'll be going good!

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00:46 Mar-31-2021

This is an interesting opportunity here for a big entrance by Intel. All fabs are messed up trying to meet demand, and here comes intel with their own fab and new, apparently competitive, products poised to go to gamers. I can't think of a better entrance for Intel here. Literally, no one can buy their competitors' products, which are assumed to be better, based on the fact that they have been in this market for a longer period. They have an opportunity to skip the years of bringing people over.

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23:05 Mar-30-2021

I don't have to want the product to be excited about it.
If Intel can keep the comparable core performance with a lower price, then it'll force the hand of the other two. If their high-end piece gets smoked but lower core pieces, then efficiency looks horrible and they will look bad. Intel is walking a fine line here they have to be aggressive about otherwise they will get left behind.

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18:15 Mar-30-2021

its all about the price and noting more . If they are going route of the nvidia and amd . Overpricing stuff is a no no for me .

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14:42 Mar-31-2021

Correct. No matter how good the cards perform, if they price them equally to the competitors, it's still just crap.
It's only good if for example intel's "GTX 1060 equivalent" card is priced at "GTX 1050" prices or even lower. Medium end performance at budget pricing. That's what AMD did as well with the RX 480 iirc.

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17:52 Mar-30-2021

All that left is to see how well will run in games. will it has optimized drivers or worse than amd and nvidia

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18:53 Mar-30-2021

yeah intel integrated xe graphics are sometimes a pain because of drivers issues, i guess this will be a similar case

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17:34 Mar-30-2021

Sound great to have a third gpu competitor and there are also 20+ years of games that have been made with no consideration of any kind of intel gpu architecture. I suspect them to have a hard time breaking into the market.

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16:06 Mar-30-2021

gpu manufacturers should REALLY invest in no power consumption!

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15:45 Mar-30-2021

From what I read, Intel will be using TSMC, which leads me to believe that this will be another set of GPUs we won't be able to purchase.

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15:35 Mar-30-2021

I'm happy with my RX 570 and I would be very pleased with something that has the power of an RTX 2070 so I can play racing simulator games with a VR headset.

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14:09 Mar-30-2021

Damn, im actually glad to see down to earth TDP. Even without stock shortages i wouldnt buy a 3070-80 cause of that absurd TDP

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14:05 Mar-30-2021

Nice specs actually!

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13:32 Mar-30-2021

I'm down for anything that is at the performance lvl of 6000 series or 30 series as long as there is stock, but as I've heard intel wasn't using their own manufacturing process and went for tsmc so wouldn't have big hopes for a lot of stock, also I wonder if they will manage to make good, reliable drivers

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13:37 Mar-30-2021

and the other thing, they better be compatible with other non intel products, like AMD cpus, wouldn't some bs like that: like I if you want to use their gpus you HAVE to own and use the intel cpus in the same build

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