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Intel DG2: new leaks may confirm 128 and 512 EU variants

A possible Intel GPU roadmap. (Source: Intel via VideoCardz)
A possible Intel GPU roadmap. (Source: Intel via VideoCardz)
DG2 refers to second-gen discrete graphics solutions from Intel, said to launch in the first half of 2021 (1H2021) at the earliest. It is rumored to have an increased execution unit (EU) count compared to its Xe Max predecessor. According to code allegedly found in a new driver from the OEM, this may indeed be the case.
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DG2 graphics are currently believed to be based on the Xe-HPG architecture, which Intel may plan to launch in 2021, perhaps in conjunction with future Tiger or Alder Lake lines of processors. Some slides allegedly leaked from the OEM itself suggest that it represents a tier of new discrete products that may cover mid-range to enthusiast-grade use-cases. They are accordingly thought to be aimed at gamers on their debut.

These upcoming graphics are said to have more EUs compared to DG1 (for example, the recently-debuted Xe Max has 96). This may have been given more weight by a late-2020 Geekbench leak pointing to a 128 EU SKU for its putative successor.

This variant has popped up in another new leak, which comes in the form of code VideoCardz asserts is found in the latest Intel 100.9126 driver update. It seems to allude to DG2 with not just 128, but also 512, EUs. 

Therefore, these SKUs are estimated to also boost their shader units to 1028 and 4096 respectively. DG2's production is reportedly outsourced to TSMC, a foundry that might prepare it for GDDR6 cards of 8GB in size should they be combined with a Tiger Lake-H or Alder Lake-P CPU.

On the other hand, the node (e.g. 10nm) on which it is to be based remains unknown (unfortunately, this info was redacted in yet another leaked table). However, all tips emphatically concur on the point of a 2021 shipping date for the next-gen Intel discrete graphics.

Various references to DG2 have emerged by now. (Source: VideoCardz)
Various references to DG2 have emerged by now. (Source: VideoCardz)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01- 5 (Update: 2021-01- 5)