Intel unveils the first DG1-based Iris Xe Max laptop graphics accelerator. Desktop versions expected
Intel introduced the first DG1-based Iris Xe Max mobile graphics. It uses 96 streaming cores with a frequency of 1.65 GHz. The accelerator is based on the Xe-LP architecture and is manufactured on the 10nm Intel SuperFin process technology.
Newer chips can use a maximum of 4 gigabytes of RAM. The Iris Xe MAX is designed for ultra-compact notebooks powered by Tiger Lake processors. It is available for the Acer Swift 3x, Asus VivoBook Flip TP470, and Dell Inspiron 15 7000.
The company has unveiled the Xe MAX as a GPU for notebook content creators who prioritize video encoding over gaming performance.
A similar number of graphics processing cores are present in some 11th generation Tiger Lake. The manufacturer himself calls the advantage of the new chips the presence of Deep Link technology, which allows combining the properties of discrete and integrated video cards.
The technology brings processing engines together within a common software environment to enable developers to improve the performance of content creation workloads. Applications can scale to specific workloads with integrated and discrete graphics.
However, Intel did not offer the technology to combine external and integrated graphics for rendering, as is done in NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire. In the system, discrete graphics appear as another GPU.
Experts conducted the first tests of notebooks with Iris Xe MAX. OvO has tested the discrete GPU in 3DMark. The Iris Xe MAX achieves 1826 points in the 3DMark Time Spy test and 6611 points in the 3DMark Fire Strike test.
according to estimates resource Notebookcheck, the performance of Intel Iris Xe MAX dGPU is about the level of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, GTX 970M, and MX450.
PurePC tested the Iris Xe MAX on ASUS ZenBook 14 UX425E and Acer Swift S3x laptops. In these tests, the Iris Xe MAX outperforms the integrated Radeon Graphics 8 in the Ryzen 7 4800U but lags behind the GeForce MX350 in games.
Intel said the Xe architecture will serve many markets, from discrete entry-level integrated graphics to high-performance gaming and datacenter graphics for HPC and AI workloads. In the first half of 2021, Xe-LP-based discrete graphics are slated to be released for desktop PCs. The Xe-LP-based server GPU will go on sale this year, with the Xe-HP and Xe-HPG products in 2021.
DG1 will also be used for desktop graphics cards. An unnamed third party has already reached an agreement with Intel. These graphics cards are expected to be used in OEM desktop systems and will be available early next year.
There is no information yet on the specifications of the OEM desktop cards.
In theory, OEMs can use these video cards as a budget additional accelerator for solving certain tasks related to the GPU. Perhaps the cards will be positioned as video encoding accelerators.
Finally, OEMs can use the product as simple entry-level discrete graphics cards. It is unlikely that a DG1-based graphics card will be more powerful than Tiger Lake integrated graphics. However, as the experts pointed out, it will be slightly better than any modern Atom integrated GPU.
Earlier, the Korean manufacturer of chips and RAM modules SK Hynix said on the purchase of Intel's flash memory business. The amount of the transaction is estimated at $ 9 billion and is now being audited by government agencies. Intel reserves only the division that deals with proprietary Optane memory. The deal was explained by the fact that the production of flash memory is closer to the field of RAM than to the production of processors, and Intel is more focused on fighting AMD for the user segment and maintaining its position in the server processor market. The latter announced the purchase of chipmaker Xilinx. The company could become Intel's main competitor in the big data and cloud center chips market.