Intel tests mysterious Xe-LP graphics card with 128 EU, possibly for the desktop segment

Intel tests mysterious Xe-LP graphics card with 128 EU, possibly for the desktop segment

Results from two benchmark databases show that Intel or a company close to it is testing a mysterious unannounced graphics accelerator that offers improved performance over the Iris Xe Max discrete laptop solution.

Judging by the characteristics of the solution, we are talking about an Intel Gen12 graphics processor for desktop PCs with 128 execution units (EU), a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and 3 GB of video memory. Considering the Gen12 designation, the accelerator is based on the Intel Xe-LP microarchitecture. Since Intel Xe-LP EUs have 8 stream processors for each of the 128 EUs, you can compare them to 1024 stream processors from AMD or NVIDIA.

So far, the benchmark results of the Intel Gen12 solution for desktops with 128 EU have been spotted in the Geekbench 5 and SiSoftware databases, TUM_APISAK reported on Twitter. Intel’s solution scored 9,311 in Geekbench 5 and 82 in Sandra SiSoftware.

So far Intel has released three products with Xe-LP graphics: 11th Gen Tiger Lake processor with 96 EUs at up to 1350 MHz, Iris Xe Max discrete laptop GPU with 96 EUs at up to 1650 MHz, and a server accelerator with 96 EU modules up to 1.1 GHz.

The Iris Xe Max with 96 EU modules is touted as a discrete GPU for laptops, and Intel has never announced plans to bring it to the desktop market. Meanwhile, when Intel launched its Odyssey marketing campaign for discrete graphics in 2018, it clearly announced plans to offer desktop graphics cards in 2020 and even showed off a small developer board at CES 2020, the Xe Graphics DG1. With these facts in mind, it can be assumed that the Intel Gen12 desktop with 128 EU modules could be an entry-level desktop graphics card.

Assuming the Intel Gen12 Desktop GPU with 128 EUs is clocked at up to 1.4GHz, its compute performance is about 2.86 teraflops, about 13% faster than the 1650 MHz Iris Xe Max ( ~ 2.53 teraflops). It’s hard to expect such a graphics card to undermine AMD or NVIDIA, but Intel may sell it in some niche markets. But so far, Intel has not officially announced the creation of the Iris Xe-LP GPU with 128 EU. It is possible that the lighted product is a test sample (for example, for running drivers and other tasks) and will not go to the market.

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