Intel launch their first Xe discrete desktop graphics cards to OEMs
Intel's entering the discrete desktop GPU market!
Published: 26th January 2021 | Source: Intel |
Intel launch their first discrete desktop Xe graphics cards to OEMs
While these are not gaming-grade GPUs to compete with AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series or Nvidia's RTX 30 series, this product showcases a clear signal of intent to Intel's rivals. Intel has arrived within the desktop graphics market, and they can only go up from here.
This launch follows the release of Intel's Iris Xe Max discrete graphics cards for the notebook market, with Intel's Iris Xe Desktop graphics chips delivering OEMs many of the same features and specifications as their notebook counterparts. While Intel's desktop-grade Iris Xe graphics cards will ship with 80 execution units (EUs), which is lower than the Iris Xe Max's 96 EUs, these new desktop graphics chips will offer users the same encode/decode capabilities, support Intel DL-Boost, advanced features like Variable Rate Shading and features like VESA Adaptive Sync.
Intel has confirmed that they will be making Iris Xe desktop graphics cards with two hardware partners, ASUS and Colorful, who will sell these GPUs to system integrators for future pre-built systems.
(ASUS Iris Xe Graphics Card)
Intel's Iris Xe Desktop Graphics cards will feature 4GB of LPDDR4X memory, support AV1 video decoding, HDR and 12-bit video. Intel believes that these graphics chips will act as a great entry-level discrete GPU for system integrators, offering high-end video encode/decode capabilities, AI acceleration plenty of performance for light 1080p gaming workloads.
Intel codesigned and partnered with two ecosystem partners, including ASUS, to launch the Intel® Iris® Xe discrete desktop graphics cards (code-named “DG1”) in systems targeted to mainstream users and small- and medium-size businesses. The cards are sold to system integrators who will offer Iris Xe discrete graphics as part of pre-built systems.
Following the launch of Intel® Iris® Xe MAX for notebooks, Intel’s first Xe-based discrete graphics processing unit, Intel and its partners saw the opportunity to better serve the high-volume, value-desktop market with improved graphics, display and media acceleration capabilities.
The new cards offer a compelling upgrade to existing options in the market segment. They feature three display outputs; hardware video decode and encode acceleration, including AV1 decode support; Adaptive Sync; Display HDR support and artificial intelligence capabilities thanks to DP4a deep-learning inference acceleration. The Iris Xe discrete graphics cards come with 80 execution units and 4 gigabytes of video memory.
(Alternative Iris Xe Graphics Card design)
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