To be fair, we have to preface this with the fact that this is a test sample only. However, now a few months have passed, driver after driver have been added and the overall situation has not improved. Only the rudimentary functions work, but the DisplayPorts and HDMI of the DG1 are still completely unusable.
The performance is located at about the same level as an NVIDIA GT 1030, which could well be real, but unfortunately isn’t really verifiable. Intel had ever shown games in progress at the time, but one could almost doubt that given the current situation and the actual state. Not even trivial OpenCL-based tests run, but the system crashes or the program ends up in an infinite loop like e.g. AIDA64. Memory Copy is simply the end of the line.
The PCI-Express feature test also fails completely, which is quite surprising. After a year, something like this should be up and running.
Also, all 3D tests died either right after loading or shortly after with capital errors. Real game benchmarks of older and undemanding titles? Wrong. Office, browser and a bit of media clutter were all that could be coaxed out of the DG 1 with any stability at all. more unfortunately did not work, whether 3DMark or something else.
Summary and conclusion
Why Intel distributes complete systems that you can never get running over the year, that can only be answered by Intel itself. The fact is that probably everyone involved in the test gave up at some point, exasperated. What is the DG 1 supposed to be good for and stand for in the end? For the office, a current iGP or a complete APU from AMD does it better and with much less effort. As a feasibility study, however, the part is as unsuitable as it is superfluous, as long as the drivers do not bring any solutions to older problems, apart from new bugs, over a period of months.
Whether Intel has done itself any favours at all with the DG 1 can actually be doubted in view of the lousy (non-)performance, because this is by no means a figurehead, but rather a deterrent example of how you construct something that you then can’t even use for lack of suitable drivers. Meaningless wasted resources, that’s all. I really would have preferred to write something more edifying, and in the end I can only hope that Xe will at least perform much better and more flawlessly as a component of Intel’s new mobile CPUs. As a dedicated graphics card, I don’t even want the thing as a gift, even for the office.