Intel's discrete gaming graphics (DG2) is apparently "right around the corner"

The Intel Xe HPG logo illuminated

Intel's upcoming high-end desktop gaming graphics (codenamed DG2) is set to launch sometime this year. In fact, its launch maybe sooner than we think as DG2 is apparently "right around the corner" if a tweet from Pete Brubaker, who is a Game Developer Relations Engineer at the company, is to be believed. Pete has shared a job invitation for the same position on Twitter today and is inviting interested candidates to work on DG2 development.

The DG2 will be based on the company's Xe HPG architecture, something which Intel has been teasing lately with some fun puzzles as well as GPU benchmark runs, and Intel may show more of the DG2 in action at Computex 2021.

From leaks so far, it's known that the company is working on five DG2-based SKUs and the flagship product could offer up to 512EUs and is rumored to offer performance somewhere between an RTX 3080 and the 3070, so we may see it compete with Nvidia's upcoming RTX 3070 Ti or AMD's Radeon RX 6800.

Rumored performance of the Intel Xe HPG or DG2 gaming GPU

The leaked specifications of the five SKUs are listed below:

Execution Units Memory Capacity Memory Speed
SKU1 512 EU 16GB GDDR6 18Gbps
SKU2 384 EU N/A N/A
SKU3 256 EU N/A N/A
SKU4 128 EU N/A N/A
SKU5 96 EU 4GB GDDR6 14Gbps

Unlike the DG1, which is based on the Xe LP design, and uses Intel's in-house 10nm SuperFin process, Xe HPG will be employing some external process and is rumored to be using TSMC's 7nm lithography.

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