Intel’s First Gaming Graphics Card Will Compete With NVIDIA and AMD’s Top Tier GPUs

Revealed earlier this month by Raja Koduri, Intel’s XE-HPG (DG2) is pretty much ready for developers to start coding games for, and new leaks have given us a taste of what to expect in the performance department.

Intel is gearing up for the launch of its gaming graphics cards based on the new DG2 GPU, and new information points to it being a formidable opponent to NVIDIA and AMD’s top tier graphics cards. Frequent leaker APISAK on Twitter has posted what seems to be the key components driving game performance of the DG2, stating that it will have 448 compute units and run at a frequency of 1.8 GHz.

Those numbers, paired with the as-of-yet unrevealed details of the scalable architecture, puts the Intel Xe-HPG at a spitting distance of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 and AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT.

The leaker has also stated that compared to retail graphics cards, a variant of the Intel card with 128 Execution Units (EU) will perform over 12% better than the GeForce GTX 1650, NVIDIA’s entry-level graphics card in the budget segment of today.

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Intel’s upcoming line of graphics cards based on the Xe-HPG is expected to have 16 GB of GDDR6 memory and is expected to perform close to the GA104 GPU, used in the RTX 3070 Ti. Early pictures of graphics cards using the GPU leaked a couple of months ago, and we expect Intel to hold the official reveal in the second half of 2021.

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