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First real Xe DG1 graphics card from Intel appeared – faster than an entry-level PS4 and VR-ready

Intel's first sales-related graphics card, the DG1, has just been leaked through a SiSoftSandra pass. The benchmark test not only allows conclusions to be drawn about the core number, but also the clock speed. Equipped with 768 cores and a clock speed of 1.5 GHz (which is likely to increase before launch), the Intel DG1 GPU could become a cheap and modern add-in card that entry-level gamers have been waiting for. 

With the 3 GB VRAM in the tested model, this is likely to be rather scarce, because the current entry-level models all offer more. The Intel DG1 achieved at least 2.3 TFLOPS in the GPU SiSoft Sandra benchmark, which is about as much as a minimally configured PS4, resulting from 768 cores, 1.5 GHz clock and 3 GB of VRAM, which were not specified in more detail, assuming GDDR6. In addition, there are probably three DisplayPorts and an HDMI port. Incidentally, Integer Scaling should also be supported.

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There is still a lot of uncertainty about Intel's true GPU ambitions. However, DG1 is aimed more at the commercial sector than at the retail market. It is not yet possible to estimate what this part means for the entry-level gamer. After all, a card actively promoted by Intel's well-oiled PR machine, which also easily exceeds the VR minimum requirements of 1.9 TFLOPS, could become a bang for the budget segment.

Intel's DG1, as a dedicated GPU, will be identical in every way to the Tiger Lake iGPU (except for the allowed TDP of course) and Tiger Lake will surely become a serious and competitive product when Intel tackles the current problems. Intel's Tiger Lake has already been confirmed for the retail market, and considering that this CPU will be delivered in a mobile form factor, it can also offer a much higher power density. It is also likely to be the first "serious" iGPU for laptops that will allow customers to forgo traditional entry-level solutions such as NVIDIA's MX series.

Intel has also confirmed several times that the Xe DG1 graphics processor is part of the low-power series (LP) and will not be the final product that gamers are expected to receive for the high-power series (HP). The task of DG1 could therefore also be to serve as a kind of test field for the rest of the new GPU ecosystem to prepare for Intel's new products at a later date.  The graphics card is therefore intended as a platform for AIBs and ISVs, which they can now test and optimize independently – for the new Xe architecture. Let's see…

Via Intel, SiSoft and

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