During Intel Architecture Day 2020, they made a number of announcements. While a fair amount was marketing talk and plenty for servers, they did give a few details on their upcoming dedicated GPUs.
Intel's new GPU strategy is Xe, a single overall architecture split between four micro-architectures that have various different targets from high-performance servers right down to integrated solutions. They're betting big on it. From what they announced, the one for gamers will be known as Xe-HPG, as they said they "heard your requests for Xe for enthusiast gaming". Xe-HPG is optimized for gaming, it comes with GDDR6 and will provide accelerated Ray Tracing support too. Don't go getting too excited yet though, Xe-HPG is not due until 2021.
Other big news includes their CPUs, as they're coming back to compete against AMD Ryzen, which they've been lagging behind on the tech front for a while now. They're calling their new CPU tech 'SuperFin', which is still 10nm but they say it's a "redefinition of the FinFET with new SuperMIM capacitors that enables the largest single, intranode enhancement in Intel’s history" and it will provide their CPUs with a performance boost comparable to a "full-node transition".
This is for the upcoming Willow Cove CPU architecture and the Tiger Lake platform. A whole lot of marketing speak to mention it will be a "generational leap" for everything from graphics to AI with more memory bandwidth, better security and everything you would expect. Tiger Lake will support Thunderbolt 4, DDR4-3200 and it will also have integrated graphics powered by their shiny new Xe-LP with "up to 96 execution units". Tiger Lake will be a mobile-focused architecture, so expect to see all this new stuff in laptops first. Intel showed a video of the Xe-LP GPU power being compared with Gen11 graphics (Ice Lake) in Battlefield 1 and it was a pretty big improvement.
We're also going to be seeing the Alder Lake architecture, which is their new Hybrid CPU system that pulls together their next-next generation Golden Cove with Grace Mont to create a "performance hybrid". Although they didn't actually give many solid facts on what it will contain other than cores of both.
It's safe to say Intel have a lot of impressive stuff coming and it seems like they will be keeping AMD on their toes. Competition is good for everyone of course.