Intel DG2 GPU reportedly performs between RTX 3070 and 3080, Intel working on own DLSS tech

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 12:53 PM

Despite the global chip shortage currently bottlenecking hardware supply and subsequently raising the prices of graphics cards again, one of the most exciting upcoming launches is Intel’s very own DG2 graphics card. We’ve heard very little about it so far, but a new leak suggests the top-end model performs between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, and that Intel is working on their own alternative to Nvidia’s DLSS.

Intel DG2 graphics card specs

Let’s start off with the big one: Intel is planning to announce and release their DG2 desktop graphics card based on the Xe-HPG architecture by the end of the year. It will come in 3 different SKUs: the one with 512 EUs (Execution Units) will be the top-end model, followed by 2 more SKUs with 384 EUs, and 128 EUs.

The leak comes from an engineering sample that features 1 of 3 different cooler designs currently being evaluated, but it does give us some information regarding the specs.

According to the new leak, the 512 EU card could feature boost clocks up to 2.2GHz, which is in the range of AMD’s RX 6000 series and slightly higher than Nvidia’s RTX 30 series. The model in this leak has 16GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit memory bus, which was already (accidentally) confirmed by Intel just over a week ago. 

However, it looks like the TDP has changed from the previously revealed specs, with the 512 EU model featuring a TDP range of 225W-275W as the 8 + 6 pin power connector has a maximum wattage of 300W and usually denotes a GPU within that power range. It was supposedly initially planned at 225W-250W but Intel has “since pushed it harder”.

DG2 performance

The leak provides some very interesting details regarding the DG2 graphics card and its top-end model’s performance, revealing that the 512 EU model “generally performs between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080.” More specifically, the 512 EU model will be “treated like an RTX 3070 Ti” in terms of performance. However, Intel does not expect the final product to match the RTX 3080’s exact performance.

XeSS: Intel’s DLSS alternative

According to the leak, Intel is working on “some very impressive software for Xe HPG” which apparently includes something called “XeSS”, an internal name for Intel’s very own DLSS alternative. That means Intel’s first enthusiast graphics card for the market will include support for ray tracing as well as image upscaling techniques.

There’s no mention if it will launch at the same time as the DG2 GPU though. AMD is still working on their own FidelityFX Super Resolution which has taken them a while but is still expected to launch later this year on PC. So it is possible Intel’s own version will be available at launch, but there’s no guarantee.

Additionally, it is noted that “the encoding and prosumer capabilities of Xe HPG are universally stated to be incredibly impressive.

DG2 availability

In terms of availability it is said that the 512EU card is “highly unlikely” to release before Q4 2021 as AIBs confirmed they still know very little about the cards and it seems they are still receiving tweaks to their design. Wider availability won’t be ready until 2022, with the 128 EU model following shortly after. A 256 EU version has been mentioned but no indication of a release window just yet.

Interestingly, the successor to the DG2 graphics card has already been referred to as “Elasti” and is expected top launch sometime in 2023.

Pricing

Finally, for pricing, the DG2 cards haven’t been fully revealed yet, but $200-$300 has been suggested for the midrange GPUs, whilst there has been no mention of pricing for the top end models. Although previous leaks suggested the GPU matching the RTX 3070’s performance could be looking at the $400-$600 price range.

There is mention that Intel has very little reason to price their new graphics card competitively given the current state of the GPU market. However, the leak also suggests that Intel is aware that they will be perceived as an unreliable entrant into the market given this will be their first major desktop GPU, and so they do not want to overprice their cards at first.

Additionally though, we are so far away from the planned launch that pricing could change depending on if the component shortages ease up and how that will affect general availability and pricing of the market.

Conclusion

That’s it for the leak so far, take it all with a grain of salt but the leaker has been known to distribute reliable information in the past regarding Intel’s products. Either way, it is certainly exciting to think what Intel could deliver with their very own graphics cards. And as we’ve already said a million times before, more competition in the market is only a good thing for consumers.

What do you think? How do you feel about the leaked specs and performance for the DG2? Do you think Intel will manage to come up with a decent competitor to DLSS? And what kind of pricing range do you think the top end model will be priced at? Let us know your thoughts!

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17:36 Apr-12-2021

until then
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20:29 Apr-09-2021

Right now I'm taking all these leaks with a full salt shaker.

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22:50 Apr-09-2021

Very sensible.

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17:32 Apr-12-2021

sensational

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17:49 Apr-09-2021

Considering how badly things are going, if Intel can deliver on performance and stock, I definitely am excited. We really need those duopolies to break and right now, Intel as new guy in the market, has more incentive to price compete and actually deliver. Since it would go long way towards establishing them as part of market and give them good presence. But we will have to see if they succeed.

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17:52 Apr-09-2021

Specs themselves are fine, they don't need to beat top end. Yes, that can go a long way for them, but there is way bigger market that is even more starved than ever at below 600USD. And pricing wise, I expect it to 600USD, maybe even bit above. 450-500USD for above 3070 performance feels bit too much as wishful thinking. But it will depend on how much of promised they can deliver.

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17:55 Apr-09-2021

Also it will be kind of funny if they manage to deliver XeSS before AMD does FXSR. Like FXSR is really one feature AMD needs to release, since DLSS is only getting better and now that it is also in Unreal Engine, it will only become bigger and bigger as feature.

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17:01 Apr-09-2021

Intel and AMD should have developed an open source DLSS technology... it makes no sense to have 3 different technologies for the same thing.

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16:02 Apr-09-2021

All i hope is that intel wont flop with gpu market as it desperately needs more competitors as both amd and nvidia have overpriced their products especially in mid range area(not talking about retail but msrp). Intel will have to have competitive pricing as they need to prove that their products are worth it. This is so exciting all i could remember was ati/nvidia competition and never any other player and here we are.

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14:59 Apr-09-2021

I wouldn't buy one myself due to the usual "no CUDA no sale" for my professional work, but I am nonetheless excited about a new competitor in the market!

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16:55 Apr-09-2021

Also intel need more mature drivers as it is reported that intel iris xe graphics have some compatibility issues like games crashing

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18:58 Apr-09-2021

It's probably gonna be a similar issue like with their integrated graphics, where game support is a bit of a hit-or-miss, especially for older titles. This is where I prefer Nvidia or AMD and they were there from the start, so you can expect games to work, more or less regardless of age (with some exceptions, but those are mostly due to DirectX compatibility, the OS or because the game originally ran under Voodoo/Glide)

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22:55 Apr-09-2021

Yeah even amd gpus can have few issues in old games, nvidia has the most solid software support in the consumer gpu industry. However intel is absolutely massive company and i expect for them to pick up with their dirver support pretty fast if they going to be serious about this.

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04:38 Apr-10-2021

even with glide, there are wrappers that still work for amd and nvidia. those wrappers usually have compatibility issues with intel still.
intel will really have to step up their software game and keep on it to be competitive otherwise that will be their downfall.

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13:32 Apr-10-2021

Yeah, well I didn't include ALL the solutions in my comment lol, I've used wrappers, OS hacks for DX 8 and below support, etc.

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14:39 Apr-10-2021

I only included it for the people that don't know about them

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14:36 Apr-09-2021

Yay more competition.

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16:55 Apr-09-2021

Always good :P

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13:20 Apr-09-2021

Does this leak have a SoUrCe our we dont do that here? For anyone interested this info is from this youtube channel - Moore's Law Is Dead video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84IV8VmQoY4 . I have recently seen gross lack of any references to any information in these articles(except game-debate itself)... please its not hard...

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14:59 Apr-09-2021

+1

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13:19 Apr-09-2021

Loving a new competitor in the GPU scene. This is only good for competition and in the end, the consumer. Plus we can really use a new line of GPU's to relieve the insane demand right now...

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13:00 Apr-09-2021

all depends what they mean by "performs between 3070 and 3080" like doesn't the 6800xt perform like that, in classic Rasterization, but 30% behind in RT performance.
TBH if I'm buying a card right now its because i want ray tracing really, not to try and run 4K

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02:00 Apr-12-2021

Why RT impresses you ? I would still want 4K more than RT.

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14:29 Apr-12-2021

because im a realist, i know i cant afford a 4k monitor or 4K graphics card anytime soon. so ill be happy with RT, 1440p 144hz +

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16:22 Apr-12-2021

did you know that 1440p at 144hz is harder to run than 4k 60fps?

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19:18 Apr-12-2021

fair, but with those kind of monitors freesync/g-sync is also a thing. bare in mind im still using a £150 budget monitor from about 10 years ago. so even if i ended up with 1440p at a wavey 90 fps it'll still be smoother and crisper than what i currently use right?

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