Computex 2019 has started and so far we’ve already seen some interesting reveals. But one of the best so far has to be this reveal from Intel. At an event held in Odyssey, Taipei, Intel reveled its new Graphics Command Center. The company also demonstrated some interesting conceptual renders as on how graphics cards could look in the year 2035.
The event was headed by Intel’s head of client compute business, Gregory Bryant and the company’s VP of the Graphics and Software team, Lisa Pierce. Pierce announced Intel’s new Graphics Command Center, which is now available on Microsoft Store. She then later went on to show some conceptual renders of what Graphics cards could look like in the year 2035. Here are a couple of those renders:
Intel announced the Xe brand of graphics cards at a recent event. We have understood however that Xe name won’t be the actual brand name (like Nvidia’s GeForce). Instead, the Xe name represents a range of graphics cards, ranging from integrated consumer level chips to high-end discrete cards suitable for data centers.
Intel Xe Graphics Card Release Date
Intel has already announced that its Xe family of graphics card will be arriving in 2020. It will come after the company’s Gen 11 brand, replacing Gen 12. These graphics cards will come in two different architectures, integrated and discrete. The consumer cards will come as both graphics chips integrated on processors as well as discrete GPUs. The high-end data center/AI cards will come solely as discrete cards.
Intel has said that it’s Gen 11 engine will be a huge step forward in the series. Analysts have speculated that performance wise, the Gen 11 integrated graphics could challenge the Ryzen 3 2200G’s 8-core Radeon Vega.
Earlier in February, Intel announced an ambitious new program named “Join the Odyssey“, further hyping its upcoming Graphics cards. It was a call to gamers and graphics enthusiasts from around the world to join a new online community. Here they would be collaborating in order to, as Intel put it:
“improvE graphics and visual computing for everyone.”
Specifications and Features
We haven’t heard much from Intel regarding this matter, and so far we are not sure when Intel will give us the specs. We do know that the Xe GPUs will come with a support for Adaptive Sync technology. Intel has revealed plans to integrate this into all of its future graphics solutions. With this Intel could challenge Nvidia’s propitiatory G-SYnc.
As for other features, we can only speculate. The Intel Xe GPU can be expected to have most the features present in the popular GPUs of today. That includes support for HEVC 10-bit decode/encode and 4K streaming among other things.
Intel is also known to be working on integrating the Xe cards with its OneAPI software. The OneAPI software was created to simplify programming across a range of hardware, such as CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and AI accelerators. Nvidia’s CUDA does a similar job. But a big advantage for Intel could be that CUDA does not work on Intel processors.
Intel Xe GPU Pricing
We haven’t heard anything regarding the pricing of the Xe GPUs from Intel. But analysts have looked into the factors that could influence the price of these graphic cards. Much like with Nvidia’s GPU, the vast majority of the sales will be for the consumer level desktop PC market. This will increase the volume of production, which will in turn insure affordable pricing. Also, for 20 years, Nvidia and AMD have been the sole players in the GPU market. With a vastly bigger company, Intel, jumping into the game, competition can be expected to soar to an all time high. This could mean that Intel could (at least initially) be somewhat generous with their pricing, in order penetrate the market.
So is Nvidia worried? The company itself seems to have some pretty big plans for its future. It just announced the RTX studio range of laptops as part of a collaboration effort with its manufacturing partners, a hardware-software optimization initiative, that could potentially kill the MacBook pro as the laptop of choice among creators.
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