Things are rather dire for Intel. Armed with a competitive lineup, AMD has been eating its share of the CPU pie. It might get even worst for team blue, however, with rumors suggesting that the discrete graphics card “Xe” bet might not pay off. As per a source, there are multiple issues with the Xe development, both on the hardware as well as the software side.
The first wave of Xe cards dubbed “Arctic Sound” is supposed to launch by the end of 2020 but it sounds like they won’t be able to compete with the existing NVIDIA and AMD cards on the market. Both rivals are going to offer 7nm based GPUs next year (AMD already is) while Intel will be leveraging either the 14nm or 10nm process.
Furthermore, it is rumored that there won’t be any third party AIB cards at launch. That means only sub-par reference cards. The driver support is also a key concern. Intel is going to go ahead with their present iGPU graphics platform extending it for use with dGPUs. According to the source, the graphics drivers will take a long time to mature which will lead to performance deficits in certain titles and even compatibility issues.
Lastly, the recently announced Ponte Vecchio might be delayed to 2022. Intel had earlier mentioned a release sometime in 2021. These GPUs are for exascale computing and will be based on the 7nm node which might be the reason for the delay.
A few days back chip architect Chris Hook and marketing lead Heather Lennon announced their departure from Intel. This might be due to some internal disagreements or the bleak future of Xe. We’ll keep you posted.