New Intel Xe-HPG DG2 Leaks Show Blazing Clock Speeds



A new leak from the not-so-reliable Geekbench has revealed some key details about the upcoming Intel Xe-HPG DG2. The benchmark shows a card with 128 execution units (EU) that can run up to 2200 MHz, faster than most of the best graphics cards on the market. This speed did not translate into additional performance, however.

The card scored 13,710 in Geekbench’s OpenCL test, which is about the same as the GTX 760 or Radeon RX 550. It is not the performance we expected, and that’s also not the performance you should expect.

Before going too far, however, it must be said that Geekbench is not the best tool for comparing charts. You don’t need to look any further than Intel’s own DG1 card, which scored a much higher score of 19,176 in the same test with less UE, slower speeds, and less video memory.

Speed, however, is what stands out. 2200 MHz is more than likely a rough number, so we recommend that you take it with a grain of salt. It is important to mention that the result also indicates the maximum frequency. However, it’s faster than we previously thought possible for this line-up and outperforms many other mainstream cards. This model would be the penultimate of the Intel Xe-HPG DG2 line, with 128 UEs for 1,024 cores, 4 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 64-bit bus and a card power of 35 watts.

Even though Geekbench’s result is accurate, the DG2 has not been tested under ideal circumstances. The tester used an Intel Core i5-11400T processor and 16GB of memory, but the memory was oddly configured to run on a single channel. Previously, rumors suggested that DG2 silicon would cap somewhere around 1800 MHz, but the benchmark suggests some models could go higher.

The Xe-HPG line builds on the graphics initiative that Intel launched with the launch of Tiger Lake processors. The DG2 builds on the DG1 that Intel unveiled at CES 2020, and while performance isn’t impressive, Intel has made a commitment to the graphics market. “Based on our high performance Xe gaming architecture, [the DG2] will increase our discrete graphics capability in the hobbyist segment, ”said former Intel CEO Bob Swan.

Intel DG1 in someone's hand.

While some leaks have suggested performance that falls around Nvidia and AMD’s budget options, others have suggested much higher performance. A leak from April indicated that the flagship model with 512EU matched the performance of Nvidia’s RTX 3080. This model is a significant step up from the one featured in the Geekbench results above, however, sporting 4,096 cores, a 256-bit bus, and 16GB of GDDR6 memory.

In addition to breaking into the hobbyist market, the DG2 range would support hardware-accelerated ray tracing and an oversampling feature in the vein of Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling technology. Originally, it was rumored that the card would launch sometime in 2021, but recent leaks suggest that Intel has pushed back the launch date.

Right now, speculation has set the launch date around CES 2022, which takes place in January. Good or bad, we’re sure Intel’s entry into desktop graphics will be interesting.

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