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Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics

Intel Xe MAX

The Intel Iris Xe MAX (DG1 Low Power - LP or iDG1LPDEV) is a dedicated PCIe 4.0 mobile entry-level graphics card with 96 execution units (EUs) based on the Gen 12 architecture. Compared to the integrated Intel Iris Xe in the Tiger Lake CPUs, the Xe MAX offers 4 GB dedicated LPDDR4x graphics memory (68 GB/s versus 56 GB/s for the MX350) and higher clock speeds of 1.65 GHz (vs. 1.35 GHz). Both support DP4A DLBoost instructions to speed up AI tasks and two media engines (including AV1 decoding in hardware). Currently the GPU is only available for Tiger Lake based laptops and offers some possibilities to use the iGPU and dGPU together (using the Deep Link software framework). The GPU uses hybrid graphics to turn off the Xe MAX when not in used (display ports are routed through the iGPU, but the Xe MAX features four dedicated display ports in comparison the the Nvidia GeForce MX350).

Furthermore, Intel supports to shift TDP between the two chips for better CPU performance or balancing graphics workloads.

The gaming performance is on average slightly better than a fast Intel Iris Xe iGPU with plenty of TDP and cooling headroom. There are even some games where the iGPU is faster thanks to Deep Link and sharing power and cooling. Intel targets 1080p gaming with low to medium settings with the GPU and provided examples where the MAX is on par or better than a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX350

According to Intel, the GPU is mostly aimed at content creators that can make use of the additional compute units, AI (DP4a) acceleration or media encoders.

As the Iris Xe Graphics, the Xe MAX supports Variable Rate Shading, Adaptive Sync, Async Compute, DirectX 12.1, OpenGL 4.6 and OpenCL 2.

As the Tiger Lake CPUs, the Iris Xe MAX dGPU is manufactured in the modern 10nm SuperFin process at Intel. Intel aims the Max-GPU for laptops with a combined power budget of 35 Watt and up. The power consumption of the GPU alone is specified similar to the 25W of the GeForce MX350 (we guess including the graphics memory).

ManufacturerIntel
CodenameiDG1LPDEV
ArchitectureGen. 12 Xe
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed1650 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed4266 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeLPDDR4x
Max. Amount of Memory4 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12.1
technology10 nm
Date of Announcement31.10.2020

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
16.6 pt (18%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 1825     avg: 1879     median: 1876 (10%)     max: 1939 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 5412     avg: 5835     median: 5658 (14%)     max: 6610 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 6111     avg: 6297     median: 6333 (13%)     max: 6447 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 7720     avg: 8113     median: 8024 (19%)     max: 8594 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 7804     avg: 8133     median: 8214 (13%)     max: 8380 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 mediacal-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 energy-01 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
SPECviewperf 13 specvp13 sw-04 +
specvp13 snx-03 +
specvp13 showcase-02 +
specvp13 medical-02 +
specvp13 maya-05 +
specvp13 energy-02 +
specvp13 creo-02 +
specvp13 catia-05 +
specvp13 3dsmax-06 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 42.9     avg: 46.2     median: 46.2 (7%)     max: 49.4 Watt
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Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 46.3     avg: 49.6     median: 49.6 (7%)     max: 52.8 Watt
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Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 45.9     avg: 50.7     median: 52.2 (11%)     max: 54.1 Watt
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Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra Power Efficiency - external Monitor
min: 0.3391     avg: 0.4     median: 0.3 (46%)     max: 0.3747 Points per Watt
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1280x720
55.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
58  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
52.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Outriders

Outriders

2021
low 1280x720
55.6 fps  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
30.7 fps  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
28.8 fps  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26.1 fps  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Hitman 3

Hitman 3

2021
low 1280x720
75.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
32.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
29 (!)  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
Minimum Settings 1920x1080
44.2 fps
low 1280x720
24.4 fps  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
13.5 fps  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
11 fps  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Low Preset 1920x1080
15.2 fps
low 1280x720
49.9 fps  fps    + Compare