Intel has officially entered the mainstream dGPU arena. The company announced today that it has partnered with ASUS and Colorful to produce its very first Iris Xe “DG1” desktop graphics cards, which are based on the company’s 10 nm SuperFin architecture. Unfortunately, they are meant for system integrators only, meaning that you’re unlikely to get one outside of a pre-built system.
“Following the launch of Intel Iris Xe MAX for notebooks, Intel’s first Xe-based discrete graphics processing unit, Intel and its partners saw the opportunity to better serve the high-volume, value-desktop market with improved graphics, display and media acceleration capabilities,” the company wrote in a press release.
“The new cards offer a compelling upgrade to existing options in the market segment. They feature three display outputs; hardware video decode and encode acceleration, including AV1 decode support; Adaptive Sync; Display HDR support and artificial intelligence capabilities thanks to DP4a deep-learning inference acceleration.”
Intel’s Iris Xe desktop GPUs feature 80 Execution Units, 640 Shading Units, and 4 GB of LPDDR4X on a 128-bit bus interface offering a relatively limited 68 GB/s of memory bandwidth. TDP is rated at 30 watts. You can learn more about Intel’s first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards on this landing page.