Intel Xe: One GPU Architecture To Rule Them All

Joanna Estrada
January 12, 2020

Not only that, but Intel held a graphics briefing at CES 2020 and I have the decks to go through since I wasn't on the ground in Vegas this year.

The Intel DG1 won't be offered in this form factor for consumer desktops, however, but is expected to be implemented in laptops or as part of an APU for desktop systems. According to Anandtech, the DG1 GPU shown on stage inside the laptop and the DG1 SDV card are both based on what Intel are now calling their Xe-LP (or low power) microarchitecture, which will also form the basis of the integrated graphics chips inside their upcoming Tiger Lake CPUs, and there will also be Xe-HP (probably high power) and Xe-HPC microarchitectures (likely standing for high performance computing) further down the line. Unfortunately, Intel hasn't provided details on how many stream processors, compute units, or any measure of specs that would inform us of how powerful this card will be.

In addition to this, the company claims that the new Xe architecture, when integrated with Tiger Lake CPUs, will result in providing double the performance when compared to the previous-generation CPUs.

Ice Lake's Gen 11 graphics were impressive in their own right allowing us to finally play games like Overwatch at Full HD and medium settings on something as lightweight as an Ultrabook. At the time, the GPU code-named DG1 was buried deep inside the laptop, but now Intel have released some official images of the desktop version of their upcoming Xe graphics card as well.

Intel also announced its plans to establish its Xe graphics architecture across a wide array of devices.

The Xe LP microarchitecture will mainly be employed in laptops, Xe HP will be used in desktops, and Xe HPC will be used in high-performance systems such as servers.

Images of the DG1 developer sample graphics card are shown below.

Kevin Lee is IGN's Hardware and Roundups Editor.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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