Over the years, Nvidia and AMD have become two of the biggest names in the PC graphics market, and Intel has to rely on weak nuclear display to hold its way. Ten years ago, the company abruptly cut off the Larrabee project. Intel has been absent from the single market for a long time since the introduction of the Intel i740 GPU in 1998. The good news is that in recent years, Intel seems to have accelerated the pace of the graphics business. After many advances, we finally learned more real details about the DG1 GPU at CES 2020.
(From: Intel, via Theverge)
First, as an early attempt, the DG1 is not a powerful desktop graphics card. Although Intel splits DG1 into two parts, it is simply not available to the average consumer.
Overall, Intel is adopting a single architecture called “Xe” to create a new line of graphics that promises to meet all the graphics needs, from lightweight notebooks to high-performance computing, with differences in performance and cooling.
It is divided into Xe LP, Xe HP, and Xe HPC, targeting low, medium and high-performance workloads. There may be some crossovers on the product line, but they can be roughly divided into pen, desktop, and workstation/server.
The first DG1 GPU and the upcoming Tiger Lake pen have the most up-and-coming Xe LP built in. The GPU’s TDP is 20W, can be expanded to 40 or 50W, and the chip area occupies almost equal to the 15W Tiger Lake CPU.
The DG1 core display has plenty of room to run fast without overheating, but if it’s a unique version of 20 to 50W, it’s definitely time to add a heat sink or fan. The demo model has a dual-slot design, but this may be just a bluff.
During the keynote, the company ran a Destiny 2 game demo, but it was neither the DG1 stand-alone, not the Tiger Lake chip that integrated the Xe graphics unit, but the discrete DG1 chip inside the notebook. It is not known whether the two can be used together.
The Xe graphics unit is known to support dynamic tuning, meaning PC manufacturers can plug it into a laptop or tablet. In the case of CPU heat and low workload, you can make the GPU part run a little more cheerful. (SmartShift technology similar to AMD Ryzen Core)
Although Intel doesn’t mention exact performance specifications, tweets and photos from Linus Tech Tips suggest that the DG1 can run Destiny 2 at least 1080p to 60fps.