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Intel’s Xe-HPG with 512 EUs could be faster than RTX 3070

Pictures of an engineering sample of Intel’s Xe-HPG with 512 EUs have emerged, alongside some of the GPU’s expected specifications. In terms of rumoured performance, the leaker behind these images has said that the Xe-HPG with 512 EUs “should be treated like an RTX 3070 Ti”.

In the video uploaded by Moore’s Law is Dead, the YouTuber shows an engineering sample of Intel’s Xe-HPG featuring 512 EUs. This SKU is believed to be the flagship of the series, but we’ll only know for sure once Intel officially announces the whole lineup. The cooling solution used on this particular engineering sample is one out of three potential designs that are being tested and evaluated. According to the Moore’s Law is Dead, the final version should come with a white shroud.

On a more technical side, Moore’s Law is Dead states that the Xe-HPG with 512 EUs reaches 2.2GHz clock frequencies. Initially, it has been designed for TSMC’s 6nm node, but there is a possibility of a 7nm node being used too. With a 275W TDP, the card will feature 16GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit bus.

Performance claims are certainly not 100% guaranteed, but benchmark results seemingly point to something in between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080. At this point AIBs still do not know much about the upcoming card because it is still “receiving design tweaks”.

Both prosumer and professional cards based on the Xe-HPG with 512 EUs are expected to release in 2022. Intel is expected to release the XE-HPG with 128 EUs after that, with the variant with 256 EUs coming later. Pricing for high-end models has not been discussed, but for the mid-range cards, rumoured pricing appears to be between $200-$300.

Besides the Xe-HP graphics cards themselves, Intel is also working on the GPU’s accompanying software, including a DLSS competitor which has been internally referred to as XeSS. Moreover, the successor to Xe-HPG/DG2 was also mentioned, being referred to as “Elasti”, with an expected release date of 2023.

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KitGuru says: The lack of a true high-end GPU might affect Intel in the long run. If Intel only aims to deliver GPU solutions offering the same performance as a supposed RTX 3070 Ti or RX 6800, the high-end market will be exclusive to AMD and Nvidia for at least another generation.

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