Ever since Intel hired Raja Koduri and announced plans to create new discrete graphics cards, we’ve been waiting to see what Intel can do in the gaming segment. So far, we’ve seen the Xe graphics architecture introduced in low-power DG1 discrete graphics cards, which are primarily sold to OEMs. Later this month, however, we may get our first look at Intel’s first high-performance gaming GPU.
This week, Intel teased the “Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt” with a web page telling us to come back on March 26th at 9AM PST with a secret code to see what the website reveals. The website itself was hidden in a Xe HPG teaser video, which contained a hidden message:
Xe HPG microarchitecture teaser = pic.twitter.com/kdzBokBiW4
— Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) March 18, 2021
The hidden message was decoded by wccftech, revealing an IP address that leads straight to the Xe HPG website, teasing an announcement coming next Friday. The timing here is a little odd, as on the 23rd of March, Intel CEO, Pat Gelsinger, will be hosting a webcast focused on ‘the next era of innovation’ at Intel, which is three days before the Xe HPG reveal.
Intel’s upcoming DG2 graphics card is rumoured to feature up to 512 EUs, 4096 cores, 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM and an 1800MHz clock speed. Hopefully we’ll have some official confirmation on specifications by the end of next week.
KitGuru Says: It is going to be very interesting to see Intel competing in the discrete gaming graphics card space. Are any of you looking forward to Intel’s Xe HPG reveal? Would you consider an Intel GPU over a competing Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics card?