Intel Xe Graphics Cards: Everything We Know So Far!

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Intel Xe Graphics Cards: Everything We Know So Far! As you may know, the graphics card market has been dominated by NVIDIA and AMD, with no room for a third or fourth rival. (Although a Chinese company also wants to get into the war!) However, Intel decided to get into the fight by stealing Radeon Tech's boss Raja Koduri and investing a lot of his money to try to get the two big companies into the fight. pocket.

That said, although Intel is having a hard time in the world of processors… Resources is not lacking for the microprocessor giant to reach, see and win in the graphics card market!

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Intel Xe is on its way, with the company betting heavily and badly on the graphics card market

All of this turns out to be very interesting, because Intel will only achieve one of two things… Achieve a miracle and enter a market that has historically been dominated by two major companies. Or, be the jester and be enjoyed in the next 10/20 years.

However, Intel has not been kidding, and has been secretly working on its 'Arctic Sound' architecture for many years. As a result, it is quite likely that it will be able to enter and rival the current big ones in the market.

Therefore, as Intel is not blindly investing, it immediately started by forming a team composed almost exclusively of experts stolen from AMD or NVIDIA. By the way, that's how the company's bet went public when the company went to get Raja Koduri from AMD in 2017.

  • Raja Koduri left AMD Radeon because she saw no future in the company

But things didn't stop there, as Intel also went to get Jim Keller (AMD Zen Architect), Chris Hook (AMD), Darren McPhee (AMD), Damien Triolet (AMD), Tom Peterson (NVIDIA), Heather Lennon (AMD). Some of the biggest names in a team of over 4,500 people.

The Arctic Sound Architecture That Will Bring Intel Xe Cards to Life

Xe cards only hit the market in 2020, however, you can see that there are several connections to the current Gen11 architecture.

That said, Intel's processor cores have nothing to do with NVIDIA CUDA, but have some similarities to AMD's stream processors. That is, each unit is capable of four operations per clock, so it is equivalent to four cores in the background.

And here, Intel's idea is to merge two of these units into one execution unit (8 cores). And then 8 more units in a sub-slice (64 cores). In an act that will result in a 512 core full slice.

So while Intel CPUs will feature an integrated Slice … Intel Xe graphics cards will have several Slices. Therefore, Intel will only get products with a multiple core number of 512.

That said, you may have realized that the architecture that will bring Intel boards to life will also be part of every new processor in the company. This way, when there are significant architectural improvements, all products will have a performance improvement.

An Intel X ^ 4 (X up to 4) graphics card !?

Intel Xe

Some driver leaks suggest that Intel is preparing to do in the background what NVIDIA and AMD have already done. Equip graphics cards with more than one GPU! Hence the name Intel Xe, where the 'e' equals the number of 'Slices', or so to speak processing units.

Therefore, a recent leak suggests a 2048-core graphics card, ie 4 slices which is equivalent to 4 large processing units on a single graphics card.

(Of course, later there will be adaptations for the lower or higher ranges. The idea here is that you get more or less of what's going on.)

All thanks to the use of EMIB design

EMIB connects multiple heterogeneous dies in a single package cheaply and efficiently. (Although with some loss of performance).

Ultimately, it turns out to be a much more efficient solution than producing giant GPUs, which have yields that are too low to yield significant profits. (Such was the case with the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti at the time they were released! They were based on too large and complex GPUs. Which razed profit margins.)

Thus, by creating many smaller dies and combining them, Intel reduces the chance of defects. And even if production failures exist, they are easier to solve, or at least less expensive.

  • AMD is cheaper than Intel… But why !?

In the end, that's exactly what AMD does with its Ryzen CPUs. This is also why the company was able to recover all this land, now putting Intel in check.

Intel Xe Frequencies

Intel Xe

Although Intel has already come up with an excellent solution regarding the number of processing cores. We still don't know how clock frequencies will work out, since we only know the reality of iGPUs.

Still, given that Intel's 10nm process is equivalent to or higher than TSMC's 7nm. We can safely say that the 1700MHz is possible and even likely.

So it is likely that Intel will be able to enter the TFLOP war, although we still have no idea what the architecture is capable of producing.

Intel Xe Market Entry

What is Intel's target at an early stage? The lucrative mid-range market? Or take the war directly to the higher range? Will we see 1 board, 2, or even 5? Raja Koduri has already commented on this, saying:

“Not everyone wants a $ 500-600 graphics card. But it remains a very appealing market due to the number of enthusiasts. Still, our strategy is not to worry too much about the performance range, or the quality / price range. Eventually we will be able to reach all market ranges, including the mainstream starting at 100 $. Making our way to the market data centers and AI development.

We have to get everywhere! But where do we start? In the first one? In the second? Or in the third? One thing is for sure, with our strategy, in 2-3 years, we'll get everywhere. ”

In short, Intel wants to be present in all market segments. But we are still not sure where hostilities will start. In my opinion, it would make sense to immediately bet on the performance, to send NVIDIA below. And then, bet on the mid range to send AMD below.

That said, one driver mentioned 3 models:

  • 1024 cores
  • 2048 cores
  • 4096 cores

Which could lead to war on the RTX 1650, RTX 2060 / RX5070 and RTX 2080 Ti. With matching prices. In short, we are still not sure what will happen… But one thing is for sure! Intel will come in to dominate!

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