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Intel: their first gamer graphics card coming out in 2021

Intel: their first gamer graphics card coming out in 2021

During the architecture day 2020, Intel presented new information on the Xe architecture, taking advantage of the occasion to announce the arrival of a graphics card for gaming in 2021.

Intel Xe HPG : the gaming architecture of the blue team

Announced 2 years ago, the Xe architecture will start its career on September 2nd on Tiger Lake mobile processors with Xe-LP (low power). Until then, only three different micro-architectures were planned: Xe-LP, Xe-HP (high performance) and Xe-HPC (high performance computing). A fourth one will thus appear in 2021 for gamers under the name Xe-HPG (high performance gaming).

Many thought that the first card gaming card of the rookies would be the DG1. Why? Probably because of the various announcements and presentations of the card (in desktop form by the way). But it is now defined as a “content creator” card and will be available only on the laptop. The first graphics card for gaming from Intel, will arrive in 2021. So is there a change of strategy or is Intel simply trying to cover its tracks until then?

The big novelty would be the use of an external smelter. After the prevarication of 10nm and 7nm, rumours were circulating that TSMC would be involved with a 7 or 6nm process. We even heard about a contract of 180-200K wafers over several years, but to date, it is also said that Samsung could also be part of the party. All this because Raja Koduri visited a factory in 2019

In the end, this card could use a standard packaging, allowing the use of a tile (chiplet) i.e. 512 EU / 4096 cores, delivering 10.6 TFLOPS FP32 at 1300 Mhz.

Of course, new technologies will be introduced: the card will integrate Ray Tracing hardware, Variable Rate Shading and Game Sharpening. Optimizations on each model and each game, with Instant Game Tuning without the need to download new drivers are offered. Also, it will not use HBM as on the professional versions do; the cards should use cheaper GDDR6 in order to stay competitive on the market.

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