In large part HPC and server focused ad today, Intel has cleverly announced its next gaming graphics card, DG2. According to the presentation slides (PDF warning), DG2 is already taking samples from Intel partners, and that's a good sign of things to come for the Intel company on discrete pixel drivers.
Intel DG2 is based on the Intel Xe architecture that we already got on the Tiger Lake chips and the low-power DG1 chip. However, Intel's discreet aspirations have been largely awaiting the arrival of DG2, which uses the gaming-specific Intel Xe-HPG arc.
It seems as if this too could happen in time. Intel has promised discrete Xe cards this year, and the DG2 sampling announcement suggests that it is well on its way to doing so.
Sampling would mean that the first versions of Intel's reference DG2 GPUs are in the hands of Intel partners, the people who will eventually turn this silicon Xe HPG into the graphics cards we buy. This not only means that the distribution goes to the pool, but it also means that Intel drivers are in a pretty decent way to give partners an idea of the actual performance of Xe DG2.
And all of this speaks well of Intel's gaming-centric graphics card, which is actually coming to the shelves soon to save up for the lack of GPUs. If it has a chance to be a true third way against Nvidia and AMD, Intel must launch DG2 before GeForce and Radeon cards have an abundant supply.