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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.

For the full info you can see their press release here, plus the video and other bits here.

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Finally!
A third player in the GPU market is something the gamers need.

Now We need a third player in the CPU market for gaming computers.
crt0mega 13 Aug
Yay, 10nm ...
Dunc 13 Aug
Quotethe one for gamers will be known as Xe-HPG
Catchy. Still, as the Commandante says, a third player in the market is a Good Thing. The duopoly needs a shake-up.
Shmerl 13 Aug
Interesting. I wonder how it will compare to AMD's RDNA 2. We'll finally have two major options for GPUs with open drivers.


Last edited by Shmerl on 13 August 2020 at 4:52 pm UTC
aokami 13 Aug
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoFinally!
A third player in the GPU market is something the gamers need.

Now We need a third player in the CPU market for gaming computers.

I don't want Nvidia making CPUs
Though there are a few interesting new arm laptops, soon in desktops hopefully, not even to mention Apple new in house arm CPUs.
lejimster 13 Aug
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoFinally!
A third player in the GPU market is something the gamers need.

Now We need a third player in the CPU market for gaming computers.

As long as x86 is the dominant architecture there won't be a third player. Intel and AMD are far too ahead and own too many patents. Could you imagine if AMD had completely collapsed a few years back?

Some analysts believe the future of the desktop is in ARM. I'm not so convinced. AMD have proved you can produce a powerful high core cpu with a low power budget, if Intel can get things back on track we will see many more years of x86.
Dedale 13 Aug
They are still struggling to bring 10 nm desktop CPUs. Impressive.

Curious as anyone else about their discrete GPUs. I wonder if the will be used for GPU computing. Actually the integrated graphics are ignored by the distributed computing projects i contribute to.
Shmerl 13 Aug
Quoting: lejimsterSome analysts believe the future of the desktop is in ARM. I'm not so convinced.

I'm not convinced either. ARM doesn't have anything to offer for the desktop that would make it more attractive than x86_64. That said, I wouldn't mind some new architecture to be available as an alternative to x86_64. But not ARM, especially if it's going to be owned by Nvidia.


Last edited by Shmerl on 13 August 2020 at 6:56 pm UTC
mirv 13 Aug
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Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: lejimsterSome analysts believe the future of the desktop is in ARM. I'm not so convinced.

I'm not convinced either. ARM doesn't have anything to offer for the desktop that would make it more attractive than x86_64. That said, I wouldn't mind some new architecture to be available as an alternative to x86_64. But not ARM, especially if it's going to be owned by Nvidia.

arm won't replace x86 (or x86_64) at desktop level unless they make some architectural changes to improve performance, which would erode what arm has going for it: relatively simple design and low power consumption.

However, arm may not need to directly compete, because it is becoming good enough for a simplistic desktop - and that's good enough for the majority of day-to-day tasks. It's only once you want to do a little bit more that it starts to fall over, but I'm sure that's being worked on.

If arm were to be to bought by nvidia though, that would be worrying. Even AMD have arm cores on their chips I believe (for their trusted computing equivalent), and Intel probably do as well. Bring in the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple, Imagination Tech., etc etc etc, and they'll force nvidia to keep arm neutral for most applications except for data centre (which is what nvidia will be most interested in).
x_wing 13 Aug
Quoting: lejimster
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoFinally!
A third player in the GPU market is something the gamers need.

Now We need a third player in the CPU market for gaming computers.

As long as x86 is the dominant architecture there won't be a third player. Intel and AMD are far too ahead and own too many patents. Could you imagine if AMD had completely collapsed a few years back?

There is a third player. VIA still owns the rights to produce x86 arch CPUs but (afaik) those rights are not transferable by companies purchase and the last CPU I heard from them was released circa 2007 so I really doubt that we will see a new real contender in the x86 market any time soon (Intel will simply not allow it).

IMO, ARM is more than ready for desktop environment the only wall for them is all the legacy software that is only compiled for x86.


Last edited by x_wing on 13 August 2020 at 9:08 pm UTC
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