Today, Intel announced the launch of iris Xe Max graphics card based on DG1. The company also quietly confirmed that DG1 will also appear on desktop graphics cards, but in a form of testing water with the help of OEM manufacturers.Although it is still in its early stage, an unnamed third-party manufacturer has reached an agreement with Intel to produce desktop graphics cards based on DG1. These graphics cards will enter the OEM desktop system and are expected to appear early next year.
Intel's very brief statement did not contain any other details. The company did not say anything about the specifications (such as clock speed) of the OEM desktop cards, nor did it name the third party that would manufacture the cards or any OEM manufacturers that might use them. For today, at least, it's just a simple announcement: there will be OEM independent graphics cards next year.
There are several marketing channels for this kind of card: OEM manufacturers can decide to use these cards as similar to iris Xe Max's positioning in notebook computers, that is, as cheap additional accelerators for some GPU driven tasks. Intel has built a lot of video coding performance into the Xe LP architecture, so these graphics cards can be positioned as video coding accelerators. This will be very similar to Intel's own plan, as the company will sell a DG1 based video encoding card called SG1 for servers.
Or, third parties may simply want to sell DG1 cards to OEM vendors as simple entry-level independent graphics cards. Our understanding of notebook Xe MAX is not expected to be significantly higher than Tiger Lake integrated graphics cards. Nevertheless, it should be better than Gemini Lake Atom integration GPU anyway.