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Intel shows XeSS performance boost for Meteor Lake iGPU running Dying Light 2

XeSS is almost 2x faster than native. (Image Source: Intel)
XeSS is almost 2x faster than native. (Image Source: Intel)
Unfortunately, Intel is not showing exact fps counts, probably because it is still working to improve driver performance before the December launch. Still, we can see that XeSS, Team Blue's super sampling solution is almost 2x faster than native rendering and the iGPU has a slightly lower TDP compared to native 1080p rendering.

Intel’s iGPU offerings have not seen much progress in the past few years, ever since the Iris Xe models made their debut with Tiger Lake back in 2020. On the mobile side, Raptor Lake significantly lags behind AMD’s Phoenix processors with RDNA3 Radeon 780M iGPUs. Team Blue is confident it can regain the advantage with Meteor Lake and its Xe-LPG iGPUs based on the current ARC Alchemist architecture, yet no exact numbers were provided with the official announcement. More details on the actual Xe-LPG performance are now available via a new video showing off Dying Light 2 running with XeSS - Intel’s supersampling solution similar to Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR.

For some reason, Intel is yet again dodging the exact fps counts, as the video only shows the XeSS performance increase over native rendering. Of course, no info regarding game settings is provided either, and Dying Light 2 is not exactly cutting edge when it comes to graphics fidelity nowadays. While native 1080p performance looks decent, XeSS performance rendering at 720p and scaling back to 1080p via AI algorithms can net a 1.6x to 1.7x increase in fps, sometimes hitting close to 2x. All this at slightly lower TDP’s of ~30 W compared to native. XeSS can technically run on any Xe GPU, integrated or discrete, but existing Xe iGPUs do not show the benefits as they are missing the AI cores. Meteor Lake is the first mobile CPU family to feature Xe iGPUs capable of fully taking advantage of XeSS.

Presumably, Team Blue does not show the exact fps counts as it is still working on improving the drivers before the Core Ultra processors hit the market this December. The Xe-LPG iGPUs could feature up to 8 Xe cores, making them similar to the A370M dGPU, which is 14% faster than the Radeon 780M in 1080p. The difference is not big at all, and AMD is also planning to release RDNA3.5 iGPUs in early 2024 with the Hawk Point Ryzen 8040 series, so it will be interesting to see how Xe-LPG fairs against those improved AMD models in just a few months.


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Bogdan Solca, 2023-10-27 (Update: 2023-10-27)