Intel's dream, which started a few years ago, has finally borne its first fruit: the Intel DG1 Xe graphics card for OEM is released today. Although DG1 may not be the most powerful graphics card, as a proof of concept, it is absolutely crucial, which is also a necessary move for Intel to fully enter the GPU market.
Here are the pictures of the two products:
The iris Xe stand-alone graphics card has 80eu (640 stream processors), 40 texture mapping units and possibly 20 rasterization units. The Xe stand-alone graphics card (dgpu) is actually a reduced model, which features 16 EU less than the mobile iris Xe max, which means it is likely to be a low tier variant on the same wafer. This is a very favorable strategy in the production process, because it means that Intel will be able to ship more chips, because the residual chips produced from DG1 will not be wasted, but will be used in dgpu, which is likely to be sold to its partners at a cheap price.
Its clock frequency should be at least 1700mhz, which means it can provide 2.17 tflops of graphics processing power - higher than the PS4. The TDP will be 30 watts (which is why ASUS can have a fanless design), and it will be built on Intel's 10 nanometer superfin technology. Considering the 5W more power consumption than the mobile version, we can safely think that its clock speed will be higher than 1700mhz.
The architecture of DG1 graphics card is Xe LP, which adopts 4GB VRAM. DG series is the way for Intel to test its platform, and provide preparation for its partners and channels to meet the home performance - it will wait until 2022. Intel is also preparing to release a HPG based graphics card, which will be aimed at gamers and the price should be very competitive.