Tested a mysterious Intel Xe-LP GPU with 128EU

Tested a mysterious Intel Xe-LP GPU with 128EU
The tests carried out on two benchmarks related to a mysterious Intel Xe-LP GPU more powerful than the Iris Xe Max addressed to the notebook market have appeared on the net.

In fact, in the tests the use of a controller is reported Intel Gen12 desktop graphics with 128 execution units (EU) - equivalent to 1,024 stream processors from AMD or NVIDIA - and a frequency of 1.40 GHz, in addition to being able to count on 3.03GB of memory. Given the "Gen12" designation, the GPU should be based on Intel's Xe-LP microarchitecture as the other Xe microarchitectures are referred to as Gen12.x in the drivers.

So far, the Intel Gen12 Graphics Controller benchmark results for desktops with 128 EU were sent to the Geekbench 5 and SiSoftware databases, as noted by the well-known Twitter user @TUM_APISAK. The component scored 9,311 points in Geekbench 5 and 82 in Sandra.

To date, Intel has launched three products with Xe-LP: the 11th generation Core processor 'Tiger Lake' with up to 96EU and clock up to 1.350 MHz, the dedicated Iris Xe Max notebook GPU with 96EU and frequency up to 1.650MHz and the server GPU with 96EU and 1.1 GHz clock.

The Iris Xe Max with 96EU comes advertised as a dedicated graphics processor for notebooks, and Intel never revealed its plans to make it available on the desktop market as well. Additionally, when Intel launched its “Odyssey” GPU marketing campaign in 2018, it clearly announced its intention to offer desktop graphics cards in 2020 and even showed a small Xe Graphics DG1 development board at CES 2020. Holding in consideration of these events, we can speculate that the Intel Gen12 desktop graphics controller with 128EU is actually an entry-level desktop GPU.

Assuming the device offers a maximum frequency of 1.4GHz, its computing performance will be around 2.86 TFLOPS, which is 13% higher than that of the Iris Xe Max. Obviously, waiting of an official announcement from the giant of Santa Clara, we can not help but take this information as mere rumors.

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