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Intel Gen11 GPU variants detailed in new Graphics Command Center analysis

The Gen11 graphics may surface along with next-gen Intel CPUs soon. (Source: Liliputing)
The Gen11 graphics may surface along with next-gen Intel CPUs soon. (Source: Liliputing)
The blog TechPowerUp claims to have accessed the new Intel Graphics Command Center's INF file. It apparently lists the various sub-types of the new, particularly powerful Gen11 integrated GPUs. They may also pertain to Ice Lake and Lakefield CPUs.

Intel announced a next-generation suite of drivers called Graphics Command Center at GDC this year. They are intended to work with the similarly state-of-the-art integrated graphics that will be paired with a range of upcoming CPUs, some of which the company may have also mentioned at the event. TechPowerUp claims to have found references to these GPUs - the Gen11s - in an INF file allegedly associated with the Command Center.

Gen11 GPUs are specifically listed in the text of this file, alongside heretofore-unseen variants that may be Gen11s paired with specific processors. TechPowerUp has deduced this through their categorization under the terms ICL HW and LKF HW. The blog rather reasonably posits that these acronyms correspond to the upcoming Ice Lake and Lakefield SoCs respectively.

According to the INF file, the 'Ice Lake' CPUs will be paired with new Gen11 GPUs, the highest-end of which will be various iterations of a new category: Iris Plus Graphics (930 through 950). At least, this is what a number found at the end of their product names suggest: they could be execution unit (EU) counts. Under this logic, Iris Plus Graphics will have either 64, 48 or 32 EUs each. The 'Ice Lake' list also includes more conventional Intel UHD Graphics, although they have experienced a considerable jump in subtype. They are now either the 920 or 910, which may come with 32 EUs each.

The remainder of the new graphics in this list still bear the name Gen11 LP. Some of them may have either 32 or 48 EUs each. The 'Lakefield' list is less descriptive; it simply names "Intel UHD Graphics" without informative new sub-type or product names. Then again, as the Gen11 GPUs are also associated with up to 1 teraflop's worth of performance, they may still be worth watching out for when these CPUs are eventually released.

The driver INF list, along with the architecture of a top-end Intel Gen11 GPU. (Source: TechPowerUp)
The driver INF list, along with the architecture of a top-end Intel Gen11 GPU. (Source: TechPowerUp)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-25 (Update: 2019-03-25)