Last year, around the same time of the year as we are now in, Intel had held its Architecture Day 2020 event. At this event, the company detailed its discrete graphics roadmap, among other things. According to Intel's plans at the time, the high-end gaming discrete graphics called Xe HPG (codenamed DG2) was launching sometime this year.
However, according to a report today, those plans may have changed and Xe HPG will purportedly be arriving later in January at CES 2022. The report comes from '硬件学堂', a Weibo user, who claims to be at the ongoing ChinaJoy 2021 event and has reliable news on the matter. This means we could be having a third player in the discrete PC graphics market by January next year.
For those wondering, the ChinaJoy 2021 is a gaming and tech conference that's currently being held at the Shanghai International Expo Center. AMD was also present at the event and launched the Radeon RX 6600 XT earlier this morning.
According to other reports, Intel's Xe HPG is allegedly arriving for laptops and notebooks first which will be accompanying the company's upcoming Alder Lake-P mobile processors, with the desktop parts expected to gradually roll out later starting with SKU5 and SKU4.
In terms of horsepower, the flagship SKU1 part with 512 EUs may end up performing around a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or a Radeon RX 6800 if rumors are to be believed (via APISAK).