Intel was rumored to be working on its first discrete gaming graphics card, the Xe-HPG DG2. There are recent reports that suggest that the launch will happen soon. Rumors claim that Intel will launch its gaming GPU in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which will happen in January 2022.
The rumors were started after certain speculations on the launch date were found in a hardware account on Weibo, which is a Chinese social media platform. Following this, the news was then shared on Twitter by @9550pro. Many rumors about AMD and Nvidia releases were on the surface, but there were relatively no rumors about Intel’s Xe-HPG DG2. The available leaks on this bring in more information on these graphic cards. They come in different configurations which differ in specifications and design. But all of the cards are expected to have hardware-accelerated ray-tracing.
The Xe-HPG DG2 is the top variant and comes with 512 execution units (EUs). Making use of the full die, it has 4,096 cores, a 256-bit bus interface, and a 16GB GDDR6 memory. An 8GB GDDR6 memory variant was also listed. The chip is likely to have a clock of up to 2.2GHz but we are not sure whether it is the boosted maximum or the base clock. The power requirements may go beyond a TDP of 275W. The GPU is expected to be measured around 396mm2.
The Intel Xe-HPG DG2 384 GPU SKU may have three different configurations. The whole chip comes with 3,072 cores, 1a 192-bit bus interface, and a 12GB GDDR6 memory. The 256 EU card will have 2048 cores with 8GB of GDDR6 memory and the 192 EU card comes with 1536 cores with 4GB memory. Both of these will have a 128-bit bus interface.
Videocardz, in its leak, has confirmed the die configuration of the DG2 384 GPU. According to it, the model will measure 190mm2. DG2 384 will have 6 memory module locations, which suggests a 192-bit bus interface and a 6 or 12GB memory, according to PCB. A 16MB smart cache in the 384 and 8MB in the 256 is also expected to be found. The clock speed for the 384 EU will have a 600MHz base clock and can be boosted up to 1,800MHz. The 256 EU will offer a 450MHz base and 1400MHz turbo.
The low-end GPU in this line-up is the Intel Xe-HPG DG2 128 EU with the top configuration at 1024 cores, a 4GB GDDR6 memory, and a 64-bit bus interface. The 96 EUS variant comes with 768 cores and the same bus interface as the former and VRAM.
While Intel has not confirmed anything yet, we can hope that the line-up may perform better than the specifications in the leaks.