First discrete GPU from Intel since 1998 will include a PC gaming variant
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It’s been known for a while that Intel is working on a discrete GPU solution codenamed Arctic Sound. It was thought, until now, that Intel was working on Arctic Sound for applications such as video streaming and for data centers. A new report points to something much more exciting; Intel looks to be readying a variant of Arctic Sound targeted at the PC gaming market.
There’s no doubt that the PC GPU market is hot property right now. With interest in PC gaming back on the rise along with cryptocurrency mining, it makes sense for Intel to make a splash with its first discrete GPU product also aimed at gamers. The only downside is the timing, with the grapevine pointing to a 2020 launch for what will be Intel’s 12th-generation graphics architecture.
On the plus side, the effort is being headed up by Intel’s Chief Architect, Raja Koduri, who joined Intel from AMD in December to head up team Blue’s Core and Visual Computing Group. Koduri not only worked on gaming consoles at AMD as its chief architect of the Radeon Technologies Group, he was also director fo graphics at Apple, leading its graphics sub-system team on the Mac and then the transition to Retina displays.