Intel critically doubled down on graphics efficiency with the launch of its Iris Xe graphics on laptops final 12 months, all whereas implying it might convey comparable features to the extra crowded desktop market as effectively. At the moment we’re seeing the primary inkling of this with the launch of Intel’s first devoted, plug-it-in-a-slot desktop GPU in a long time.

The cardboard is solely dubbed the DG1 (I’m going to hazard a guess that’s “desktop graphics 1”), and is being co-designed with ASUS and one other unnamed accomplice. That stated, don’t count on it to compete with any of Nvidia or AMD’s hottest playing cards. In Intel’s personal phrases, the playing cards are “designed for mainstream PC’s and small- and medium-size companies,” and are being “bought to system integrators who will provide Iris Xe discrete graphs as a part of pre-built methods.”

In different phrases, it appears this isn’t a card you’ll simply have the ability to decide up at a Greatest Purchase, nor does Intel present a lot concrete details about efficiency, though it seems to be similar to the Xe Max chip. The corporate does specify the playing cards include 80 execution items and 4 gigs of video reminiscence.

Fairly than severe gaming, the cardboard appears primarily aimed toward accelerating daily duties like bettering encoding and decoding efficiency, and providing options like adaptive sync and higher multi-monitor assist (as much as three 4K HDR shows). Intel additionally claims its DP4 AI acceleration will assist enhance duties like picture and video enhancing.

However hey, it’s a begin. We all know Intel can be engaged on its high-end Xe-HPG (Excessive-Efficiency Gaming) playing cards — introduced again in August. These are the playing cards meant to make Nvidia and AMD take discover, nevertheless it appears we’ll have to attend longer to see precisely what Group Blue has in retailer for desktop avid gamers.

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Revealed January 26, 2021 — 23:50 UTC

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