Not dead yet: Intel's Battlemage G21 GPU spotted in oneAPI code update

Intel GPU progress
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Further proof that Intel Battlemage discrete GPU development work continues in earnest was seen over the weekend. Intel hardware enthusiast @miktdt noticed that the firm added code to oneAPI to support the upcoming Battlemage G21 GPU.

Today’s news is another nail in the coffin concerning rumors Intel may have abandoned the discrete GPU market. However, the weight of opinion is behind the firm shying away from preparing for battle in the flagship market.

The above-referenced G21 code comes from Intel’s LLVM project, which is published and updated on GitHub. In the first image, you can see one of several mentions of Intel’s “BMG_G21.” Moreover, the “Battlemage G21 Intel graphics architecture” is specifically mentioned in the oneAPI device targets list (slide 2).

Evidence from previous leaks, such as a shipping manifest that we reported on in late March, suggests that Intel is limiting Battlemage to two discrete GPUs: the G21, and the G10. These GPUs were presumably transiting between Intel R&D labs.

The flow of recent leaks hints that the mid-to-high-end G21 will be behind the first Intel Battlemage products to launch. There are fewer mentions of G10 in shipping manifests, and it is still absent from the headlining GitHub code.

We think Intel isn’t hyping up Battlemage ahead of release for two main reasons. Firstly, it learned lessons from the Alchemist launch where expectations were not properly managed. Secondly, for whatever reasons its biggest GPU, the G21 is only designed to fuel mid-range mass-market style graphics cards. With this in mind, we will underline expectations that Battlemage isn’t going to go toe-to-toe with the best of the Nvidia Blackwell RTX 50 products, or AMD RDNA 4-based Radeon RX 8000 products. Nevertheless, we remain eager to welcome Battlemage to the market.

(Image credit: Intel)

Intel’s plans regarding Battlemage launch timings also currently lack clarity – to those from the outside trying to look in. Reports from Embedded World signaled that the first Battlemage products may be launched in Fall. This would have them on the market ahead of the holiday season, and to achieve a solid presence for these shoppers Battlemage GPU-based products should be available in November at the latest.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.