Intel’s DG2 Xe-HPG GPU reportedly features 512 execution units

Intel's DG2 Xe-HPG GPU reportedly features 512 execution units

Intel’s DG2 Xe-HPG GPU reportedly features 512 execution units

According to their deep dive into Intel’s latest graphics drivers, Videocardz appears to have confirmed some of the specifications of the company’s DG2 graphics card, the company’s high-performance Gaming (Xe-HPG) offering.

Intel’s DG2 graphics cards will be based on the company’s Xe graphics architecture and are produced by an external foundry, freeing the product from Intel’s 14nm and 10nm lithography nodes. 

With two DG2 GPU listings, it looks like Intel has created two separate DG2 graphics processors, with one offering users 128 execution units while the other offers users 512 execution units. For comparison’s sake, Intel’s DG1 graphics chip, also known as Iris Xe Max in laptops, features 96 execution units. 

Based on the number of execution units that the GPU contains, the larger DG2 graphics chip should ship with 4096 shader units. At this time, we cannot even guess at the performance levels that this graphics card will offer, as there are too many unknowns at play. Will Intel’s 3rd party foundry partner allow Intel to unlock extra performance from their Xe architecture? How much has Intel Xe architecture changed over today’s Iris graphics offerings? Has Intel changed how their Execution Units operate? 
   
According to Videocardz, prior DG2 leaks have suggested that Intel’s GPU will ship with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. While this gives us little information to go on, it does suggest that this product will be a mid-range gaming product. Nvidia and AMD are expected to maintain their leadership of the gaming GPU market in 2021. However, that does not mean that Intel can’t bring some competition into the mobile gaming and mid-range desktop market segments.  

With today’s GPU market being severely undersupplied, the prospect of having a third competitor within the PC GPU market is a welcome one. The only problem is that Intel’s graphics chips have not firm release dates, and they are not guaranteed to be stellar performers given Intel’s relative newness to the gaming GPU market. 

 

Intel's DG2 Xe-HPG GPU reportedly features 512 execution units  

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