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Intel hits a new milestone with the Iris Xe "DG1" desktop graphics

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The day has finally come for Intel, as they've now formally announced the first dedicated Xe GPU with the Intel Iris Xe "DG1". It's a huge thing for Intel, and it's taken them a long time to get here.

Sadly though, this first push is not for people building their own systems. Instead, they've teamed up with ASUS and Colorful to offer entry-level GPUs in their pre-built systems. Starting off at the low end makes a lot of sense though, so they can keep pushing and tweaking as needed before trying to capture a bigger slice of the market.

It actually appears to be based on the same parts as the Intel Iris Xe MAX, with Intel saying they "saw the opportunity to better serve the high-volume, value-desktop market with improved graphics, display and media acceleration capabilities" and this is the result of that.


  Iris Xe DG1
Architecture 10 nm SuperFin
Execution Units 80
GPU Frequency 1700+
Memory 4GB
Memory bus width 128 bit
Memory bandwidth 68 GB/s
TDP 30 W

An important announcement though, and the beginnings of more competition for both NVIDIA and AMD which the market really does need. Once we hear news on the Intel Xe HPG (the gaming GPUs), we will let you know, they've not given any fresh timeline HPG yet.

See more on it here.

Need a job? Intel are currently hiring for a Linux 3D Graphics developer! You would be responsible for "developing support for new features and enabling new platforms for 3D drivers on Linux, including having best in class support for OpenGL and Vulkan on our GPUs" and this includes working with Mesa. It's in Poland and seems like they're not accepting remote positions for it.

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Phlebiac 28 Jan
As noted on Phoronix, Linux users will want to steer clear of these for a while:
The German IT-page '' claims the card requires a special mainboard BIOS enhancement. Thus the card will only work with mainboards provided with those enhancement by the OEMs. So the card is kind of software dongled. If this is true it isn't a standalone card in my eyes. Of course it isn't sold as a single pice, but afaik very uncommon for GPU aimed for desktop PC market.

Last edited by doomwarriorx on 28 January 2021 at 8:06 am UTC
pete910 28 Jan
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Quoting: Phlebiac
Quoting: pete910Ironically its AMD's IP that they are using.

Intel made some processors with integrated AMD GPUs on them, but I'm pretty sure "DG1" has nothing to do with AMD IP. Do you have any evidence otherwise?
Could well have been for that tbh. However they would need either Nvidia's IP or AMD's to make a modern Graphics card
Quoting: PhlebiacAs noted on Phoronix, Linux users will want to steer clear of these for a while:

Can't buy them anywhere right now regardless so that will be easy to do.
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"High volume" as quoted in the article means Intel is not making much money per unit, which means they will feel overpriced once offered as a standalone unit.
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