Raja Koduri has a tendency to post absolute dirt on his Twitter profile. For example, the latest obscenity of silicon to which he has exposed us today. NSFW is positive. The oddly shifted chip between its digits is the most powerful of Intel's new gaming GPUs, step B0 of its Intel Xe-HPG 512 DG2 runtime.
He calls it "real candy" and it certainly looks pretty sweet. Well, bright at least. It also looks like a pretty big GPU. And this step B0 indicates that the hardware could also be finished.
We were hoping Intel would launch its first real gaming-focused graphics card with its best-performing chip, and it looks a lot like that.
Real Xe-HPG candies (DG2): very productive time in the Folsom lab two weeks ago. "From nervous travel to a buttery greedy," @rogerdchandler said, "there's a lot of game and driver optimization for @ gfxlisa's software team." Everyone is very excited … and a little scared 🙂 pic.twitter.com/tQcfEWf8p4June 2, 2021
The 512 EU model will be the top of the new DG2 chips using the Xe-HPG architecture. And if you’re wondering how it fits into the new AMD and Nvidia GPUs with thousands of cores, Intel’s runtime unit doesn’t really equate to the floating point units that current GPU manufacturers present as “cores ”.
Each of these UEs can perform up to eight floating point operations per clock, so we can consider it to be equivalent to 4,096 cores if we want to get a comparison with the red and green teams.
In terms of performance, we are thinking that this EU 512 card will target the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in terms of performance. If you’re hoping Intel will hit the top of the market, you may be a little disappointed, but if you can match the RTX 3070, a fantastic gaming card, and do so at a competitive price, it could be a massive success for Intel.
An EU 384 chip in the discrete GPU range is also expected to launch, with smaller EU 256 and 128 versions for future gaming laptops.
Step B0 indicating tracing on the PCB shows that there are some iterations down the line. In short, this is not an initial prototype, but is well on its way to production. Intel has already stated that "DG2 is just around the corner, it's about to be exciting."
And honestly, having another GPU maker parachute supplies vital to the graphics card drought, just when we need them, makes it the perfect time for Intel to get into the game and make things potentially very exciting.
As long as the graphics card drivers are ready, anyway. As good as the hardware ends up being the software, it is what will make or break this third option in the cutting GPU market.