Intel has unveiled its first discrete graphics card, but you won’t be able to buy one. The unit is intended for developers only, and will be seeded throughout the industry to allow software manufacturers to get an idea of ​​how to optimize their work for Intel’s new X graphics architecture. The card is an implementation of the DG1 GPU, which will be Intel’s first discrete GPU, slated to launch this year. The move suggests that Intel is very close to releasing graphics products, although we do not yet know what form they will take. Intel was prepared to emphasize that no conclusions should be drawn from the performance or performance level of the card, and not necessarily an indication of what any upcoming retail product would be like.

Intel Been on one Year round trip To completely reboot its graphics capabilities. The Xe architecture will find its way into integrated GPUs within the Intel CPU 10nm tiger lake generation, Which is set to launch later this year. Intel has also promised to launch discrete GPUs, And will target gaming, workstations, data center servers, and all levels from ultra-mobile devices High performance acceleration.

The company is not yet ready to disclose deadlines, specifications, performance targets or any other concrete details, but the launch of the developer kit should instill confidence in the industry. Intel showed the device running a gameplay demo at CES, but would not comment on whether it represented the performance of the final shipping product. Intel also had laptops with DG1 discrete GPUs at the show, but was only shown under glass, and was not offering a hands-on demo.

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Intel Xe DG1 demo unit was running a game at 1080p

Intel has stated that the DG1 will be tuned for power efficiency, but will be able to support gaming and content creation workloads. The development kit with its dual-slot cooler will certainly not be as thermally constrained as a GPU running within a thin and light laptop chassis. Software and driver support is also not yet final.

The DG1 kit has a fairly elaborate design for the show and a metal shroud with RGB LED, but the company will also not comment on what the final shipping products will look like. It has three DisplayPort and an HDMI port like many consumer graphics cards. In particular, it has no PCIe power connector, indicating that the total power draw is within 75W that can provide PCIe slots.

Intel began making its work public on the fully reinforced graphics product stack in 2017, and hired a number of high-profile executives and engineers from the industry. Including AMD’s graphics head, Raja Koduri. The company is wooing gamers and fans through this Odyssey series of events And social media engagement.

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