Raja Koduri, Intel’s senior vice president, chief architect, and general manager of the architecture, graphics and software divisions recently stated in Twitter interaction that there will be many products worth looking forward to this year. At present, a team led by two graphics department executives is preparing high-performance products, including the DG2 discrete graphics card.
Intel DG2 alone will be released within this year, positioning the desktop graphics market. There will be two models in the series, one with 512EU and 8GB GDDR6 memory; the other with 128EU and 6GB GDDR6 memory. Both products are based on the Xe-HPG architecture and natively support ray tracing.
According to previous news, Intel will not produce these two GPUs by itself, but will hand it over to TSMC to use the 6nm EUV process. There is also news that Intel will hand over part of the i3 product line to TSMC for production, using a 5nm process, and then gradually transition to 3nm.
As for the expected price of DG2, the current range given by foreign media is about 400 to 600 US dollars. In other words, if the high-end models want to have good competitiveness, they need to meet or exceed the performance of RTX3070.
In contrast, Intel’s current Iris Xe and Iris Xe Max are both up to 96EU specifications, and the latter has 4GB of video memory.