Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU Has Performance at Par with NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER

Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU Has Performance at Par with NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER

A new entry on the GFXBench database has shown a brand new Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU has performance at par with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER graphics card.

This was first discovered by TUM_APISAK, who noticed an Intel Xe Graphics entry in the GFXBench benchmark.

Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU Has Performance on Par with NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER
Intel | Source: Wikipedia

Given that the graphics card isn’t marketed as an Iris variant, we can safely conclude that this is a Xe-HPG DG2 GPU-based variant designed for the higher-end graphics lineup for desktops and mobility.

No specifications had been mentioned, but we can expect a 2.5x performance increase when compared to the Iris Xe MAX. The Iris Xe MAX boasts 96 Execution units or 768 cores. This particular variant looks like a high-end model with either 256 or 192 EUs. We can also expect higher clock speeds due to the increased power headroom on the HPG variants.

Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU Has Performance on Par with NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER
Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU Specifications | Source: Igor’s Lab
SKU 1SKU 2SKU 3SKU 4SKU 5
Package typeBGA2660BGA2660BGA2660TBCTBC
Supported Memory TechnologyGDDR6GDDR6GDDR6GDDR6GDDR6
Memory speed16 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps
Interface / bus256-bit192-bit128-bit64-bit64-bit
Memory Size (Max)16 GB12 GB8 GB4 GB4 GB
Smart cache size16 MB16 MB8 MBTBCTBC
Graphics Execution Units (EUs)512384256196128
Graphics Frequency (High) Mobile1.1 GHz600 MHz450 MHzTBCTBC
Graphics Frequency (Turbo) Mobile1.8 GHz1.8 GHz1.4 GHzTBCTBC
TDP Mobile (Chip Only)100100100TBCTBC
TDP desktopTBCTBCTBCTBCTBC

Compared to existing discrete graphics cards, the Xe-HPG DG2 GPU is on the same level as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER. But, this is not the final performance test as we still don’t know what clocks it was running at or whether the drivers have been optimized enough for this benchmark.

Intel Xe-HPG DG2 GPU Based Discrete Gaming Graphics Card Specs

GPU VariantGPU SKUExecution UnitsShading Units (Cores)Memory CapacityMemory BusTGP
Xe-HPG 512EUDG2-512EU512 EUs409616/8 GB GDDR6256-bit~275W
Xe-HPG 384EUDG2-384EU384 EUs307212/6 GB GDDR6192-bit TBC
Xe-HPG 256EUDG2-384EU256 EUs20488/4 GB GDDR6128-bit TBC
Xe-HPG 192EUDG2-384EU192 EUs15364 GB GDDR6128-bit TBC
Xe-HPG 128EUDG2-128EU128 EUs10244 GB GDDR664-bitTBC
Xe-HPG 96EUDG2-128EU86 EUs7684 GB GDDR664-bit~120W

There is a lot we don’t know, even with these benchmark scores, but this is the third entry of the Xe-HPG GPUs in the last few days, which hints at more samples running in the test environments, and that a launch could be very close.

Based on the timeline, the Xe-HPG DG2 lineup will compete against NVIDIA’s Ampere and AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs, as both companies are not expected to launch their next generation of GPUs until the very end of 2022.

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Incorporated in Delaware, Intel ranked No. 46 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.