The first images of Intel’s advanced Xe-HPG DG2 GPU-based discrete graphics cards and specifications have been leaked by Moore’s Law is dead. The leaker has not only posted the first pictures of the engineering board, but also detailed the specifications and expected performance numbers for the flagship part.
Intel Xe-HPG DG2 High-End Gaming Graphics Card Pictured – 512 EU, 275W TDP on TSMC 6nm Node, Performance up to NVIDIA’s RTX 3080
Xe HPG DG2 GPUs based on the graphics architecture Gen 12 are a completely new design, and it is therefore expected that they have completely new shading techniques like these. Other than that, Intel discrete graphics cards will fully support beam tracking and a number of other possibilities, such as Intel’s own DLSS competitor which is internally referred to as XeSS (Xe Super Sampling).
As for the card itself, MLID states that the example in the picture is a very early technical selection and not a final design. It appears from the green-colored circuit board and a cheap plastic cover that will be changed in the final version of the board. The photos show that the card has a dual-slot form factor with dual-fan cooling, a large aluminum fin cooling rib and the Intel logo plastered over a small acrylic panel (note L is missing).
The following are the first images of an Intel Xe-HPG DG2 graphics card technical range. Please note that the following is not a final design. (Photo credits: Moore’s Law is Dead)
The card has an 8 + 6-pin connector configuration, and MLID says that the expected TDP on the Intel Xe-HPG DG2 discrete graphics card for gaming is expected to be up to 275W. The PCB or back is not shown in the leak, as it contains traces through which the MLID source can be traced.
Intel Xe-HPG DG2 512 EU Specifications for Discrete Game Graphics Cards
Each Xe-HPG-based DG2 GPU-SKU comes in different configurations that will vary from the full-fat chip to several cut variants. This is similar to NVIDIA’s navigation forms Ampere GA102-400, GA102-200, or AMD’s naming conventions Navi 21 XTX, Navi 21 XT, Navi 21 XL. The top DG2 512 EU variant only has a configuration listed so far, which uses full-featured with 4096 cores, 256-bit bus interface and up to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory (8 GB of GDDR6 also listed). Based on demand and returns, Intel was able to produce several variants of this flagship chip, but we can not say for sure right now.
The Xe-HPG DG2 512 EU chip is suggested to have clocks up to 2.2 GHz, although we do not know if these are average clocks or maximum boost clocks. It is also stated that Intel’s original TDP target was 225-250W, but it has been raised to around 275W now. We can expect a 300W variant with double 8-pin connectors if Intel wants to push the clocks further.
Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU-based Discrete Game Graphics Card Specifications:
|GPU variant||GPU-SKU||Execution units||Shadow units (cores)||Memory capacity||Memory Bus||TGP|
|Xe-HPG 512EU||DG2-512EU||512 EUs||4096||16/8 GB GDDR6||256-bit||~ 275W|
|Xe-HPG 384EU||DG2-384EU||384 EUs||3072||12/6 GB GDDR6||192-bit||TBC|
|Xe-HPG 256EU||DG2-384EU||256 EUs||2048||8/4 GB GDDR6||128-bit||TBC|
|Xe-HPG 192EU||DG2-384EU||192 EUs||1536||4 GB GDDR6||128-bit||TBC|
|Xe-HPG 128EU||DG2-128EU||128 EUs||1024||4 GB GDDR6||64-bit||TBC|
|Xe-HPG 96EU||DG2-128EU||86 EUs||768||4 GB GDDR6||64-bit||~ 120W|
Intel Xe-HPG DG2 512 EU Discrete Game Graphics Cards Performance and Features
Again, these are just a few of several variants that will use the Xe-HPG architecture. The Intel DG2 GPUs will come to both desktops and mobility designers later this year and are rumored to be based on an external casting process node, probably the TSMC and its 6nm (N6) node.
In addition, some performance measures are mentioned, and the flagship Xe-HPG DG2 discrete graphics card is suggested to be as fast as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, which should also place it close to the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT. 3DMark TimeSpy scores vary widely based on different examples and end up somewhere between RTX 2080 and RTX 3090. Performance calculations may be for different configured DG2 SKUs.
It is stated that the company will have very good drivers, but it depends on the time of the cards themselves, as Intel can go two routes, either push the line back for drivers to mature or release them early, but still provides good support, but lacks other features, such as AMD’s RDNA 2, which still has not received its DLSS competitor months after launch. The encoding and prosumer features will also be very impressive for Xe-HPG graphics cards.
Intel Xe-HPG DG2 512 EU Discrete Game Graphics Cards Availability and Prices
The leak states that the card is not ready for launch before the 4th quarter of 2021 or even early next year (correct availability). No AIBs have received the correct information about the cards yet, as the cards are still receiving design customizations from Intel itself. Variants of variants are also expected, but they will not be ready until 2022. It appears that the 512 EU item number will go out to the consumer segment, followed by 128 EU items shortly after. The leak also says that the successor to DG2 GPUs will be known as Elasti ‘DG3’ and has a release date planned for 2023.
In terms of prices, the middle class cards are expected to be priced at around $ 200- $ 300 US, which Raja Koduri considers to be the sweet spot for games. There is no mention of prices for advanced varieties, but expect them over $ 500 US. Expect more information around mid-2021 related to Intel’s desktop discrete game graphics list.