This year, 22 years later, Intel will return to the high-performance GPU market after the i740 to get its stand-alone business back to work, and for Intel to pull the former AMD RTG head Raja Koduri to create the Xe architecture, which is available in computing and gaming. According to official information, the Xe architecture is designed to be flexible, with one architecture catering to markets ranging from nuclear display to gaming card to data center computing card, with three different types of Xe LP, Xe HP and Xe HPC.
The graphics card code DG1, introduced in 2020, will be produced this year using Intel’s own 10nm process, it is understood that DG1 unique has 96 groups of EU execution units, a total of 768 core, the base frequency of 1GHz, acceleration frequency 1.5GHz, 1MB secondary cache and 3GB of memory, TDP is 25W.
The DG1’s performance is comparable to that of the GTX950, about 15% worse than the GTX 1050, but it is not targeted at the desktop market and is mainly used for laptops.
Another identified Xe graphics card is Ponte Vecchio, which is built for HPC high-performance computing, with intel’s own 7nm process in 2021, and Intel Foveros 3D, EMIB (Embedded Multichip Interconnect) packaging technology, with a high level of technology.
What’s apart from these two graphics cards? Intel seems to have fewer high-end desktop graphics cards, DG1 is no longer possible, the rumored role is DG2, using the Xe HP architecture, previous information shows that it designed three EU configurations, 128, 256 and 512.
According to the performance of the DG1 graphics card 96 EU units, 2-3 TFLOPS, the DG2 512 EU version of the performance can reach 10-15TFLOPS, to the level of RTX 2080 Ti.
As for the DG2 manufacturing process, previously rumored to be handed over to TSMC 7nm production, but the latest news shows that 7nm should be impossible, until the DG2 came out when 7nm is somewhat out of date, so it may be used to build up 5nm process production, the point in time will be between 2021 and 2022.
In short, Intel’s Xe architecture graphics card is really a good thing, not to mention how complex the architecture is, manufacturing alone will span 10/7/5nm three generations, and there are home-grown, there are contractworkers, people feel a little messy.