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Leo Says – What The Heck is Intel Iris Xe Max?

In the last week of October we heard about the Acer Swift 3x laptop with Intel Iris Xe Max graphics and were at a bit of a loss as this was a new name that Intel had not yet revealed. A few days later we had a call with Intel that made things clearer and now, on 1st November, you will find a handful of laptops that use Intel Max. Leo took the opportunity to deliver eight minutes of video addressing the question ‘What the Heck is Intel Iris Xe Max?'

Matthew covers the news about Intel Iris Xe Max HERE . The essence is that Intel is supplying the graphics portion of an 11th Gen Tiger Lake laptop chip as an add-in graphics chip for laptop manufacturers such as Acer, Asus and Dell. We are used to the idea of a laptop with Core i5 plus RTX 2060 or MX250 but have never come across a laptop with two graphics cores from the same company and with very similar specification. The short answer to our big question is that Intel Iris Xe Max is Intel Iris XE-LP running 300MHz faster and with 4GB of dedicated memory.

The unanswered question is, what happens when the two graphics cores work together in Additive Gaming? We asked Intel this question and they refused to answer – yet! we have to assume that Additive Gaming will produce some benefit but have no idea whether it will be ten percent or somewhere close to 100 percent. Time will tell on that front and you can be certain we are keen to check it out.

KitGuru Says: We expect to hear new graphics news from AMD and Nvidia but this time it is Intel that is breaking new ground with Iris Xe Max.

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