Intel DG2, spotted a new specimen with 128 EU on Geekbench

Intel DG2, spotted a new specimen with 128 EU on Geekbench

Intel DG2

Intel is preparing the launch of its next-generation Xe series of GPUs, codenamed DG2 (Discrete Graphics 2). Evolution of DG1, DG2 is expected to offer significantly improved performance in order to compete with the best video cards from AMD and NVIDIA. According to the latest rumors, it seems that the lineup should include Xe-HPG configurations ranging from 128 to 512 Execution Unit (EU). Recently, thanks to a test carried out on the popular Geekbench 5 program, we learned that the DG2 with 128EU could potentially have a clock frequency of 2,200MHz.

Obviously, it should be taken into consideration that it could be a specimen not definitive, so the technical specifications reported by Geekbench should not be taken as if they were official. However, that's about a 40% increase over the DG1 in terms of clock speed and EU. Greater memory bandwidth and architectural improvements could allow for even higher performance levels.

Using a test system consisting of an Intel Core i5-11400T Rocket Lake processor and a 16GB module of RAM, the configuration managed to achieve 13,710 points in the OpenCL benchmark. For comparison, a 65W Intel Core i5-11400F processor system, which is clocked higher and a higher TDP than the i5-11400T used with the DG2, coupled with 8GB of single channel RAM and an Intel graphics card DG1, scored 19,176 points - 40% more than the alleged DG2. The slower CPU could be partly to blame, but probably the poor result achieved is more to be input to Geekbench 5 itself and the use of drivers not yet optimized.

Credit: Geekbench However, since Geekbench 5 clearly cannot provide a reliable performance estimate, we will have to wait for further official information directly from the Santa Clara company to get an idea of ​​the real potential of the product .

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New Intel Xe-HPG DG2 leak reveals just how fast the new GPU could be

A new leak from the not-so-reliable Geekbench revealed some key details about the upcoming Intel Xe-HPG DG2. The benchmark shows a card with 128 execution units (EUs) that can run at up to 2,200MHz — faster than most of the best graphics cards on the market. That speed didn’t translate into extra performance, however.

The card earned a score of 13,710 in Geekbench’s OpenCL test, which is about the same as the GTX 760 or a Radeon RX 550. That’s not the performance we were expecting, and it’s not the performance you should expect, either.

Intel GPU on a stand.

Before we read too far into it, though, it should be said that Geekbench isn’t the best tool for benchmarking graphics. You don’t need to look further than Intel’s own DG1 card, which earned a much higher score of 19,176 in the same test with fewer EUs, slower speeds, and less video memory.

The speed, though, is what stands out. 2,200MHz is more than likely a ballpark figure, so we recommend taking it with a grain of salt. It’s important to mention that the result lists the maximum frequency, too. However, it’s faster than what we previously thought was possible for this range and pushes past many other consumer cards. This model is rumored to be the second to last in the Intel Xe-HPG DG2 range, sporting 128 EUs for 1,024 cores, 4GB of GDDR6 memory on a 64-bit bus, and a board power of 35 watts.

Even if the Geekbench result is accurate, the DG2 wasn’t tested under ideal circumstances. The tester used an Intel Core i5-11400T and 16GB of memory, but the memory was oddly configured to run on a single channel. Previously, rumors suggested that the DG2 silicon would cap somewhere around 1,800MHz, but the benchmark suggests some models may go higher.

The Xe-HPG range builds on the graphics initiative that Intel set forth with the launch of Tiger Lake processors. The DG2 builds upon the DG1 that Intel unveiled at CES 2020, and although performance wasn’t impressive, Intel has committed to the graphics market. “Based on our Xe high-performance gaming architecture, [the DG2] will take our discrete graphics capability up the stack into the enthusiast segment,” former Intel CEO Bob Swan said.

Intel DG1 in someone

Although some leaks have suggested performance that sits around the budget options from Nvidia and AMD, others have suggested much higher performance. A leak from April said the flagship model with 512EUs matched the performance of Nvidia’s RTX 3080. That model is a significant step up from the one featured in the above Geekbench results, however, sporting 4,096 cores, a 256-bit bus, and 16GB of GDDR6 memory.

In addition to breaking into the enthusiast market, the DG2 range is rumored to support hardware-accelerated ray tracing and a supersampling feature in the vein of Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling technology. Originally, the card was rumored to launch sometime in 2021, but recent leaks suggest Intel has pushed the launch date back.

As of now, speculation has the launch date pegged some time around CES 2022, which takes place in January. Good or bad, we’re sure Intel’s entrance into desktop graphics will be interesting.

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