According to a tip from an Intel employee, Intel's first discrete graphics card for gamers could be available soon.
Pete Brubaker, Intel's game development relationship specialist, tweeted a new job posting at Intel announcing an upcoming DG2 release. The position is for a Senior Game Developer Relations Engineer who will work with game developers around the world to develop the technology that makes video games possible.
Though the job ad doesn't specifically state it, Brubaker's tweet makes things clear: Intel is stepping into the PC gaming avid area, and is soon to be.
Work With Us At Intel! DG2 is just around the corner, it's going to be exciting. Http://t.co/qKjzlcsXmK
– Pete Brubaker (@pbrubaker) May 6, 2021
The DG2 family of graphics cards will reportedly compete with the best graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia. Although we have known for some time that the range of products will be available in 2021, Brubaker's tweet suggests that the launch may be closer than expected.
Recent rumors have been that the Xe HPG discrete graphics card supports ray tracing and a supersampling technique similar to Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X supporting ray tracing, as well as the latest GPUs from Nvidia and AMD, this seems like a must-have if Intel is serious about competing with the front runners. However, having a DLSS-like feature would give Intel a competitive edge as AMD continues to hold back from releasing its Super Resolution feature.
An April leak showed that the Xe HPG graphics card is based on a 6 nm manufacturing process, which should offer an increase in performance with lower power requirements compared to the 8 nm process of the RTX 3080. Due to the leak, the performance of the flagship card is between an RTX 3070 and 3080. The card is said to be supplied with 16 GB of GDDR6 video memory, a clock rate of 2.2 GHz and a TDP of 275 W.
This information is useful. Former Intel CEO Bob Swan said, "This product will bring our discrete graphics capabilities to the enthusiast segment." Intel's Xe graphics solutions have been impressive so far. 11th generation Tiger Lake processors deliver unmatched gaming performance for integrated graphics. DG2, however, is aimed at the highly competitive enthusiasts.
If the leaks and rumors are true, Intel could emerge as a major force in the GPU market. Fortunately, we don't have to wait long. Despite rumors that DG2 could be delayed until 2022 or even beyond, Intel's first gaming graphics card may roll out sooner than we thought.