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Intel announced Iris Xe MAX Graphics as their first Xe-based discrete GPU

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Intel did something of a surprise this weekend, especially on a Saturday: they announced their first Xe-based discrete GPU with the Iris Xe MAX Graphics.

Built with their 10nm "SuperFin" process, the Intel Iris Xe MAX graphics will be based on the Xe-LP microarchitecture that's being used for their Iris Xe graphics in 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processors. This is the first set of discrete graphics along with PCIe Gen 4 support. It's also introducing their new "Deep Link technology, which unlocks creativity in thin-and-light laptops by aggregating multiple processing engines and a common software framework and graphics driver".

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From the press release:

What Deep Link Does: Deep Link aggregates multiple processing engines through a common software framework to bring new capabilities and better performance to PCs. This framework helps to unlock creativity in thin-and-light laptops by maximizing CPU performance, boosting artificial intelligence (AI) creation performance and taking industry leading encode to the next level.

How Deep Link Works: Deep Link technology brings together processing engines under a common software framework, allowing software developers to significantly boost content creation workload performance. Applications can scale certain workloads across integrated and discrete graphics. Examples include:

  • An additive AI capability that enables inferencing and rendering on both GPUs to accelerate content-creation workloads.
  • A combination of industry-leading encode engines in each GPU through hyper encoding that allows the time to render out videos for reviewing or sharing.

According to the press material, Deep Link will be available and supported with the likes of OBS Studio, HandBrake and others with more support coming to the likes of Blender, CyberLink, Fluendo and Magix.

Intel said it's already available and shipping on the Acer Swift 3x, Asus VivoBook Flip TP470 and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2 in 1. Additionally, their press release made it clear that Intel is pushing forwards with their plan for an Xe-LP-based discrete GPU for desktop PCs to be released in the first half of 2021.

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But, but AMD already defeated Intel in CPU and now competing head to head with NVidia. (finally)
What does Intel expect to happen? To out run AMD and NVidia on GPUs now? o.o

/s


Last edited by Vortex_Acherontic on 2 November 2020 at 11:36 am UTC
llorton 2 Nov
I am curious to see what they can offer, more competition is always better.
Also, weren't all their iGPU drivers so far? They started long before AMD.

I hope they can offer good entry-level option (< 100W).
drlamb 2 Nov
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AMD has me locked in on the high end (Hello 6900XT) but I'm still looking for a replacement for the RX 560 in my media server for GPU-accelerated transcoding. I want a low power GPU that doesn't require a PCIe power connector and can decode AV1.

It's either AMD's little RDNA2 GPUs whenever they come out or something from Intel.
So all that Deep Link murfle . . . can anybody tell me if that stuff actually means something or if it's just marketing-speak?
whizse 2 Nov
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Quoting: Purple Library GuySo all that Deep Link murfle . . . can anybody tell me if that stuff actually means something or if it's just marketing-speak?
I just assumed someone at marketing forgot to take take their dried frog pills?

Still, the line about "unlocking creativity in thin-and-light laptops" is deeply disconcerting. I prefer it if I was the creative one and my laptop stuck to cold calculating logic.
CatKiller 2 Nov
Quoting: Vortex_AcheronticWhat does Intel expect to happen? To out run AMD and NVidia on GPUs now? o.o

Benchmarks have integrated Xe easily competitive with integrated Vega. How it scales up to a dedicated chip remains to be seen.

Quoting: Purple Library GuySo all that Deep Link murfle . . . can anybody tell me if that stuff actually means something or if it's just marketing-speak?

As I understand it, it's big.LITTLE for Intel GPUs (except that they can both be active at the same time if the application calls for it).


Last edited by CatKiller on 2 November 2020 at 7:14 pm UTC
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Quoting: Purple Library GuySo all that Deep Link murfle . . . can anybody tell me if that stuff actually means something or if it's just marketing-speak?

As I understand it, it's big.LITTLE for Intel GPUs (except that they can both be active at the same time if the application calls for it).
Ah, I see. Uh . . . next question: What's big.LITTLE?
CatKiller 2 Nov
Quoting: Purple Library GuyAh, I see. Uh . . . next question: What's big.LITTLE?

ARM big.LITTLE

It was an ARM thing to have both performant cores and power-sipping cores that share memory, so that tasks can be run on whichever is appropriate at a given time.
Quoting: Purple Library GuyWhat's big.LITTLE?

awesome russian band

close enough
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