Intel Xe Graphics to trade blows with top-end RTX 3070!

Is it finally the time when there will be all blue team rigs? Has Intel finally reached the pinnacle? The Xe graphics are extremely promising!

Raja Koduri joined Intel and designed a graphics architecture from the ground up, and now it looks like the efforts are going to bore fruit! According to a new leak, the upcoming Intel Xe DG2 GPU with 512EUs should be faster than a RTX 3070!

Power Consumption

The images about this card have been leaked by a famous YouTuber who goes by the name of Moore’s Law Is Dead ( Pretty ironic, eh? ). While not much can be deduced from the images, the power connector consists of an 8-pin and a 6-pin connector, and the estimated TGP is of 275W.

6nm and TSMC

The GPUs silicon will be manufactured by TSMC, and Intel might go for the 6nm node instead of the 7nm one. The core clocks on the card will go as high as 2.2Ghz, and the 512 EU model is supposed to get 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM with a 256-bit bus which removed any memory bandwidth bottlenecks which could have been there.

Performance and Features

According to the leaks, Intel’s internal benchmarks revealed scores between that of a RTX 2080 and a RTX 3090, but we should take this with a pinch of salt. And if we were to go by the leakster’s words, the 512EU variant should be considered more like a RTX 3070Ti.

These GPUs are said to deliver on Ray Tracing, feature XeSS as a competitor against NVIDIA’s DLSS, and have exceptional hardware video encoding prowess. According to Intel, it will be even better than what NVIDIA’s cards have to offer!

Release and Pricing

Unfortunately, these cards will only be available in Q4 of 2020, and might suffer from the same chip shortages as AMD, as well as scalpers messing up everything.

For pricing, the mid-range cards are expected to be priced at around 200-300$ for the 128EU and 256EU variant, while the 512EU variant might be near 400$. What do you think about these cards, let us know in the comments below!

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