We have finally received some news about Intel’s upcoming lineup of discrete graphics cards, albeit, in the form of rumors. While products of competitors have leaked left and right, Intel has been extremely silent about the DG2 discrete GPUs. First spotted by VideoCardz, the Hardware Academy’s Weibo account stated that Intel will launch its discrete Xe-HPG DG2 GPUs at the CES 2022 event next January.
The post was translated from Chinese and states that a reliable source revealed Intel’s plan for the release of the DG2 GPUs. This would mark the launch of Intel’s first set of discrete graphics cards based on the Xe-HPG architecture.
Intel announced during last month’s keynote presentation that DG2 has begun sampling and is in the hands of the AIB partners . Therefore, a full launch in approximately five months is not outside the realm of possibility.
This rumor also happens to coincide with yesterday’s report from an unrelated source that Intel is planning to reveal a large chunk of its Alder Lake lineup at CES 2022. While a 2021 release was initially seen as a genuine possibility, hardware info leakers such as Moore’s Law is Dead believe that we won’t see anything more than a paper launch for DG2 this year.
The most powerful DG2 could rival Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti
Little is known about Intel Xe-HPG cards in terms of performance. But as of now, the DG2 GPUs are expected to offer up to 512 Execution Units, 4,096 cores, and 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. This would make the most powerful model a potential competitor to Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti provided the architecture performs well. The DG2 lineup is also said to feature at least five different SKUs, so Intel may provide gamers with plenty of options for entry-level and midrange gaming. Of course, all of this news is based on rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being.
CES 2022 will be held as an in-person event from January 5 – 8, with media days for the Intel DG2 announcement reportedly planned to take place two days prior to launch.