This is one of the first modern Intel discrete video cards. It’s the Intel Iris Xe DG1 GPU, complete with its own memory, PCB, and cooler. We’re benchmarking Intel’s GPU in games.
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This piece is intended largely to serve as an introduction to Intel’s architecture and naming. If you’re confused about all of Intel’s various Iris and Xe products, like Xe HPG, HPC, et al., then hopefully this will help explain the differences. All of the architectural information will remain relevant to Intel’s DG2 product launches later. As for benchmarks, we’re looking at gaming performance as compared to the likes of the AMD R5 5600G, R7 5700G, and NVIDIA GT 1030 GDDR5 and DDR4 video cards. Intel’s Iris Xe discrete card is a small business solution with some gaming capabilities, although Intel is more heavily marketing it for things like light-ish video editing and “content creation” or for acceleration on encode/decode tasks, as the GT 1030 lacks NVENC for those. We’ll look at benchmarks for those more in a future piece. For now, these benchmarks of Intel’s GPU set the stage for what’s to come later.
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00:00 – Intel Iris Xe DG1 Video Card
01:11 – Intel’s Naming, Goals, & Basics
04:55 – Intel Architecture Explained: Slices & Subslices
10:18 – Target Market & DG1 Goals
13:21 – Intel’s Confusing GPU Naming Explained
17:01 – Intel Iris Xe DG1 vs. AMD IGP & GT 1030 Gaming Benchmarks
24:37 – Conclusion (For Now)
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