Intel DG2 graphics cards launching Q1 2022, Intel AI upscaling technology confirmed

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Aug 16, 2021 4:23 PM

As the world still struggles from a global chip shortage that is causing inflated prices and limited availability on graphics cards, Intel’s upcoming DG2 GPUs are like a bright oasis in a searing desert. Not a huge amount is known officially about the new graphics card family, but it looks like Intel is gearing up to spill everything soon.

The Intel DG2 GPUs are the next family in Intel’s graphics card lineup, and the Blue Team has now revealed we can expect the first set of cards to launch in Q1 2022 (CES 2022 anyone?). But that’s not all, as Intel also unveiled the official brand name for the series, and a few other extra goodies…

First of all, formerly known as Intel DG2, the new series of graphics processors are now called Intel Arc (not to be confused with Intel Ark). The first generation of which is codenamed “Alchemist”, with subsequent generations called “Battlemage”, “Celestial”, and “Druid”. How very gamer.

Intel is really trying to aim towards gamers with their new GPUs, and so have also revealed a little sizzle reel of the new cards in action as well as the reasoning behind the new name. They also have now confirmed that they are working on their own AI upscaling technology like Nvidia’s DLSS or AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution, something that was only rumored before:

The short reel doesn’t confirm what kind of performance we might expect from the Intel Arc series, but it shows off some of the biggest recent games running at decent frame rates. Current rumors put the top-end Intel Arc GPU close to the RTX 3070 in terms of performance.

We also know they are capable of supporting hardware-based ray tracing as well as Variable Rate Shading and DirectX12 Ultimate. But it’s the last one, the AI super-sampling technique, that obviously has us excited. Not much is known about this, but Intel assured us we’ll be hearing more about Intel Arc series over the coming weeks and months.

Of course, you can expect the new Intel Arc series to be available both for PC desktops and laptops. Hopefully we’ll learn more about official specs and performance expectations soon, as well as learning more about their AI-upscaling technique.

What do you think? Are you excited for the Intel Arc series? What kind of performance are you hoping for? And how do you feel about Intel’s own AI upscaling technology? Will it be better or worse than Nvidia DLSS/AMD FSR? Let us know your thoughts!

Are you excited for Intel Arc series?

Is Q1 2022 a bit late to compete with RTX 30 or RX 6000 series?

Do you think Intel AI upscaling will be better or worse than DLSS

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22:36 Aug-19-2021

<pre class="ql-syntax">It doesnet matter who have flagship card but who have best most reliable , stable ,durable etc overall products , are they going to be gnerous with VRAM etc Intel knows how to make good , lasting stuff reliable as tech gets. People still use CPU's from first decade some didn't change thermal paste more than 10 years and use CPU with same strenght that it had when new. In terms of marketing and price , PR i general well , same as can be expected of companies on that level but since they entering market targeting gamers first time they simple have to do better dill than we allready have cause anything but generally perceived success will be bad for them . They surely can do better than current price/performance offer ???
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02:34 Aug-18-2021

Was it too hard for Intel to use AMD's FSR?

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11:16 Aug-17-2021

I hope Intel does good with their first release of their Arc GPUs


But right now, the GPU market is **

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11:17 Aug-17-2021

omg yes finally you can swear fully

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05:38 Aug-17-2021

Unrelated, but what the hell happened to this site's UI???


It looks like it went the "oversimplified" route. Everything is so hard to interpret and find now.

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Welcome to GD where they make everything either "oversimplified" or "overcomplex". Also all this white shit gives me a headache.

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22:22 Aug-16-2021

I am just excited to see what comes out of it. Regardless of whether it will be good or not, but it would be nice if it is also good, since we do need someone willing to compete with pricing in this market, since AMD gave up on that and Intel does have incentive as newcomer to the market. Whether they will be late or not will entirely depend on pricing and when we will get next generation. If pricing is right, I don't think it will be an issue. Since Intel really should focus on snatching this abandoned sub-300USD market. It definitely would give them a ton of good will. As for AI upsacling, we will see, I doubt it will match DLSS 2.0,. But I also don't think it has to be perfect for first generation, as long as Intel keeps improving it. But of course, Intel is more than welcome to prove me wrong. But so far, I see them more as wild card that could end up either great or bad or anything in between.

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