Intel finally unveiled its Iris Xe discrete GPU yesterday. While the card is not meant to compete against offerings from Nvidia and AMD, the firm is also looking to deliver gaming-focused GPUs in the future. For its current offering though, it has noted that it is incompatible with older Intel PCs, as well as AMD systems.
It is important to note that this move doesn't concern regular consumers. Intel plans to sell the discrete GPU directly to OEMs and system integrators only, so that they can include it in pre-built systems. It's not a card that is readily available in the market, at least for now. In a statement to Legit Reviews, Intel had the following to say:
The Iris Xe discrete add-in card will be paired with 9th gen (Coffee Lake-S) and 10th gen (Comet Lake-S) Intel® Core™ desktop processors and Intel(R) B460, H410, B365, and H310C chipset-based motherboards and sold as part of pre-built systems. These motherboards require a special BIOS that supports Intel Iris Xe, so the cards won’t be compatible with other systems.
The limited compatibility of the new card is certainly interesting, and will probably raise some eyebrows as to what the situation will be like for more consumer-focused GPUs in the future. That said, it's still early days, and we will likely learn more in the next few months.
Source: Legit Reviews