If you've been holding on to your Odyssey card from Intel, now's the time to use it. The chipmaker has announced via its Twitter account that cardholders can now register their cards to receive some swag.
The microsite asks you to fill out some basic information to get in on the freebies. More importantly, Intel confirmed that its Xe-HPG DG2 announcement is imminent. The chipmaker wrote, "We are soon heading toward a milestone moment, the pending release of the Xe HPG microarchitecture from Intel."
Intel stated earlier today at International Supercomputing (ISC) 2021 that the company has already started sampling its DG2 lineup of discrete gaming graphics cards. Although Intel didn't put a date next to the DG2, it's clear that DG2 is nearing the finish line.
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A couple of days ago, a couple of DG2 benchmarks emerged on Geekbench 5 courtesy of Insyde, a big-name company specializing in UEFI development. The sole benchmark found the DG2 performing similarly to Nvidia's five-year-old GeForce GTX 1050. It should be noted that early benchmarks can be misleading, so we should wait until the retail product is on the market before passing judgment.
The DG2 will likely come in both desktop and mobile formats. Intel's DG1 was a budget graphics card and geared primarily towards OEMs. DG2, on the other hand, may feature a more elaborate design. On the mobile end, DG2 is rumored to accompany Intel's 12th Generation Alder Lake chips. There is some truth in the rumors, as we've already seen Insyde's test platform consisting of the DG2 and a 14-core Alder Lake-P processor.
Heck, I’d bet they’d be successful even if they had slightly less performance than the AMD/NVIDIA equivalents as long as it remains in-stock without price gouging.
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80eu is slower than 1030, multiply and see how they will perform in higher configurations.
There will apparently be multiple levels of cards as well. I'm not expecting their fastest model to necessarily match the current fastest models from AMD and Nvidia, but they don't have to, since relatively few people consider cards around that price range anyway. What matters more than anything is if they can provide cards that offer decent value for the money.