Intel hints DG2 is right around the corner

Posted on Friday, May 07 2021 @ 9:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Via a tweet, Intel game developer relations manager Pete Brubaker hints that DG2 is "right around the corner." His tweet links to an open position for a Senior Game Developer Relations Engineer job. Brubaker claims things are about to get exciting with the upcoming launch of the DG2 video cards.

DG2 is the next step in Intel's push to get into the video card market. We still know very little about what Intel hopes to achieve with DG2 -- nor do we know when this part will hit the market. Intel promised a 2021 launch but up until now, an exact launch date hasn't been shared yet. We also don't know whether mobile and desktop cards will launch simultaneously.

In terms of performance, it will be interesting to see what Intel can bring to the table. There are some rumors that indicate the fastest versions of the DG2, with 512 execution units, may be able to match high-end models from AMD and NVIDIA.

But of course, delivering decent hardware is only one part of the puzzle. A decent gaming card needs good drivers too -- and that's no easy feat either. Either way, the DG2 may be one of the more exciting GPU launches of this year. It doesn't look like we'll see something exciting from AMD or NVIDIA in the coming months.

Right around the corner means late this year?

German tech site Igor's Lab has some fresh DG2 board diagrams and specifications of five different SKUs. The site claims production of the first DG2 parts won't start until week 43 of 2021 at the earliest, and this is only for the mobile parts with 128 execution units (EUs). We may see those in time for a pre-Christmas launch. Desktop cards seem unlikely before 2022.

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