Intel’s New Discrete GPU Is About As Powerful As NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050

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During CES 2020, Intel unveiled its first discrete graphics card in years, the DG1 SVG (software development vehicle), which packages the company’s new Xe-LP (low-powered) architecture into a shiny, PCIe package for software optimization purposes. Aside from estimates based on rumored CU counts (e.g., 96), its performance has been quite the mystery, but benchmark results discovered by @TUM_APISAK (via VideoCardz) has shed some light into what it’ll be capable of.

In a 3DMark Fire Strike test, Intel’s DG1 managed to score 5,538, which puts it in line with graphics cards such as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050/Ti and AMD Radeon RX 560. The result may be disappointing to Intel fans (these are relatively old cards dating back to 2016 and 2017), but it’s important to reiterate the fact that this is a low-power part with graphics technology destined for APUs (i.e., Tiger Lake).

“…Xe DG1 graphics will be used in Tiger Lake ultra-low-power APUs,” VideoCardz explained. “It is basically a mobile chip in the form of a discrete graphic. Earlier benchmarks indicated that Gen12 graphics will be twice as fast as Gen11 (Ice Lake), which is a massive improvement for mobile, but still not as good for the discrete market.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Intel’s mainstream GPUs do compare to NVIDIA and AMD’s options when they’re finally unveiled. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these will reportedly be built on the Xe architecture’s high-performance tier.

Tsing Mui
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