Intel DG2, the presentation is getting closer and closer

Intel DG2, the presentation is getting closer and closer

Intel DG2

Intel has announced, directly through its official Twitter account, that holders of an Odyssey card can register on a special site to receive promotional material. Within the page it is necessary to enter some basic information in order to receive the gifts. More importantly, Intel has confirmed that the unveiling of its Xe-HPG DG2 graphics card is now imminent. The chip manufacturer wrote: "We are approaching a very important moment, the long-awaited reveal of Intel's Xe HPG microarchitecture".

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- Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) June 28, 2021

Intel recently told International Supercomputing (ISC) 2021 that the company has already begun sampling its range of DG2 gaming video cards. Although the company has not provided a precise date, it is clear that DG2 is now close to its commercialization.

Yesterday we reported that a couple of benchmarks had emerged on Geekbench 5 courtesy of Insyde, a large company specializing in UEFI development. In one of them, the DG2 behaved similarly to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050, which has been on the market for five years now and which certainly cannot be counted among the best video cards available. However, it should be noted that the first tests can be misleading, so we will have to wait for the product to arrive on store shelves before making a judgment.

DG2 will likely be available in both desktop and mobile formats. Intel's DG1 was an inexpensive and primarily OEM-oriented graphics card. DG2, on the other hand, may have a more elaborate design. As for the mobile side, it is rumored that a variant of DG2 will constitute the integrated GPU in the 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs. This may also be true, as we've already seen Insyde's test platform consisting of DG2 and a 14-core Alder Lake-P processor.

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Intel's DG2 gaming GPU is almost here to fight Nvidia and AMD

Intel’s Xe HPG desktop graphics card prototype (codenamed DG2) is now sampling to partners, suggesting an appearance for Team Blue's upcoming gaming GPU might be just around the corner. 

While we appreciate this might not sound as exciting as a new release from AMD or Nvidia, this is huge news for the gaming market, potentially splitting the current duopoly.

In fact, two leaked benchmarks have appeared for variants of the GPU that suggest similar performance to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, though it's worth noting that three additional SKUs are anticipated, with the flagship 512 EU (execution unit) card rumored to sit somewhere between the GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 for performance.

While the flagship model is expected to run at clock speeds of up to 2.2GHz, with 16GB of GDDR6 video RAM on board (and a 256-bit memory bus), both of the current leaks are for lower-powered variants, and we're working under the assumption that the SKUs currently being sampled are of the mobile variety rather than desktop.

Still, this means we could see an Intel discrete graphics card officially revealed in a matter of months, making CES 2022 a suitable window for Intel to show what its new gaming hardware is capable of. What makes all this especially exciting is that DG2 will have (allegedly) better ray tracing support than the current AMD 'Big Navi' GPUs, and another rival to Nvidia's DLSS feature is also being developed, dubbed XeSS.

If Intel can pull this off at an affordable price point, both Nvidia and AMD might have to accept the gaming GPU market is no longer a two-horse race. Ultimately, we will have to wait until more information is released into the wild before getting our hopes up.

Peddling back to the leaked benchmarks that have appeared on the scene, one appears to show the integrated graphics capabilities of Intel's upcoming 12th-generation CPUs, adding some weight to existing rumors that the DG2 graphics would be paid with some Alder Lake products. 

This performance certainly won't be blowing anyone's mind, but for non-gaming optimized builds, this offers a suitable alternative to buying a dedicated graphics card.

And of course, that isn't to say it can't play games - it's anticipated that you'll see similar performance to that of the elderly Nvidia GTX 460, so indie titles and even low requirement games like League of Legends or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will run just fine.

The second benchmark to appear for the DG2 is a discreet GPU with 256 execution units and a maximum frequency of 1,400 MHz, achieving similar results to another outdated favorite, the Nvidia GTX 1050 with 18,482 points in OpenCL.

As with all rumors, take all of this with a healthy pinch of salt until we get some more official data from Intel, which shouldn't be that long of a wait now that partners are sampling prototypes. While both of the SKUs with benchmark leaks might not be as exciting as a rival to products like the GeForce RTX 3080 or the Radeon RX 6800 XT, there are high expectations for the flagship of the DG2 lineup.

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