A new competitor to the Radeon 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3070.
Following the performance testing of Intel’s modest DG1 discrete graphics card in the wild, trusted leaker TUM APISAK has suggested the introduction of a new addition to Intel’s incoming DG2 line, a card slotting into a second-from-top tier capable of competing with Nvidia’s RTX 3070 and AMD’s RX 6700 XT.
While the tweet is brief, it indicates the presence of another SKU inside Intel’s DG2 portfolio, which was previously thought to only have five models, and helps to clarify Intel’s future graphics product stack. This new GPU has 448 execution units, joining a previously announced 384-EU SKU, which has similarly been reduced from the top model’s 512 EUs.
TUM APISAK’s tweet compares the 448 EU model to AMD’s RX 6700 XT and Nvidia’s RTX 3070, claiming that it is just 8% slower than the former and 5% slower than the latter. This closely corresponds to earlier reports that the 512-EU SKU was intended to target the RTX 3070 Ti (which itself claims very minor improvements over the 3070), with both DG2 GPUs bracketing the Nvidia card by 64 EUs.
Because the 384-EU model has 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, the new SKU should have at least that configuration, which already matches the RX 6700 XT and beats both the RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti on that front – though it’s worth noting that the RTX 3070 still has the best VRAM bandwidth of the three, unless the new SKU uses the same 256-bit memory bus as the highest DG2 model.
RX 6700 XT 100%
RTX 3070 97%
448EU @ 1.8 GHz 92%⬅️
128EU @ 1.9 GHz 100%⬅️
GTX 1650 88% pic.twitter.com/giPGE8JtBJ
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) June 18, 2021
The alleged 1.8 GHz boost clock speeds match previous leaks about the top SKU, while the 128 EU model is claimed to boost all the way up to 1.9 GHz — significantly higher than clock speeds claimed for the higher 256-EU model, but that’s to be expected given that those covered mobile versions of the GPUs.
It also boasts a 12% advantage over Nvidia’s GTX 1650, however with the upcoming RTX 3050 Ti boasting performance comparable to the existing GTX 1660 Ti, it may struggle to establish itself in the entry-level market unless aggressively priced.
Rumored Intel Xe DG2 mobile specifications
|SKU 1||SKU 2||SKU 3||SKU 4||SKU 5||SKU 6|
|Boost Clock (Mobile)||1100 MHz||?||600 MHz||450 MHz||?|
|Turbo Clock (Mobile)||1800 MHz||?||1800 MHz||?||1400 MHz||?|
|Turbo Clock (Desktop)||?||1800 MHz||?||1900 MHz|
|Memory Capacity||16 GB||12 GB+||12 GB||8 GB||4 GB|
|Memory Speed||16 Gbps|
|Mobile TDP (exc. memory)||100w||?||100 W||?|
It’s worth noting that no measure, benchmark, or testing suite was provided for these performance figures – and drivers may be just as crucial to real-world GPU performance as the hardware itself, so they should still be treated with caution.
Furthermore, all of the GPUs are reported to be manufactured using TSMC’s 6 nm technology, which means that continued strong demand for the foundry’s silicon might create a hurdle for supply regardless of how aggressively Intel priced its GPUs upon introduction.