It looks like we could (finally) get the third player in the mainstream GPU space. Yes, it’s Intel and by the looks of it, the upcoming Xe-HPG DG2 card could ruffle some feathers at AMD and Intel. The “big boy,” 512EU chip, should offer RTX 3070-like performance and come with support for Intel’s DLSS competitor tech.
Xe-HPG DG2: 512EUs, As Fast as RTX 3070, Coming at the end of 2021
The upcoming card has been tested for a while at Intel and by now, according to Moore’s Law is Dead, the bigger, 512EU (execution units) version should match the RTX 3070 in performance, maybe even surpass it a bit. That said, do not expect the card to magically beat the RTX 3080. That’s not going to happen.
The card can achieve RTX 3090-like numbers in Time Spy, but that’s just the upper limit of its score with the floor being the RTX 2080. So, again, do not expect RTX 3080-like performance out of this one. At least in games. Encoding capabilities of the card, on the other hand, are said to blow the RTX 3080 out of the water. According to the leak, even the 128EU version of the GPU features much better encoding capabilities than the RTX 3080.
As for the alleged photos, they look real. We have the 8+6 pin power connectors, dual-fan cooler, and quite a thick heatsink. In the video, there’s a mention that this isn’t the final reference design. There are some rumors Intel could offer a “unique” design of the card with an over-the-top cooling system. Even RGB.
The card should feature a max TDP of 275W, 16GB of GDDR5 (256-bit bus), and a clock speed of about 2.2GHz. The die should be manufactured using TSMC’s N6 node, with a chance to be updated for the N7P node. Finally, it looks like Intel is preparing their DLSS-like supersampling technology called XeSS (Xe supersampling). The card should also support ray tracing out-of-the-box.
The 512EU model should be the “flagship,” followed by the 128EU option as well as the 256EU GPU. As for the release date, the card won’t be available at least until Q4, 2021. That’s understandable considering the whole chip shortage chaos and the fact the GPU will be manufactured at TSMC’s foundries. Price-wise, mid-range cards (so, probably 128EU and 256EU dies) should cost between $200-$300 but there’s no info regarding the pricing of the 512EU GPU.