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Leak reveals a cut-down lntel DG2-512 GPU with 448 EUs that is almost as fast as the RTX 3070 or the RX 6700 XT

The 448 EU variant could be launched together with the 512 one this fall. (Image Source: Raja Koduri)
The 448 EU variant could be launched together with the 512 one this fall. (Image Source: Raja Koduri)
The cut-down version of the high-end DG2-512 is clocked at 1.8 GHz max and is only 5% slower than the RTX 3070 or 8% slower than the RX 6700 XT. This means that the 512 EU variant could indeed compete with the RTX 3080 and RX 6800, as posited in previous leaks. Additionally, the leak reveals that the 128 EU variant is 12% faster than the Nvidia GTX 1650, although it is unclear what testing suite was used.

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Up until now, the upcoming DG2 GPUs from Intel also known as Xe-HPG in official slides were supposed to feature 5 SKUs. However, trusted Twitter leaker TUM_APISAK recently revealed that there may actually be six SKUs, with the sixth being a cut-down version of the high-end 512 EU variant. So the final DG2 lineup would include a 512 EU model with a 448 EU cut-down version, a 384 EU model with a 256 EU cut-down version and an 128 EU model with a 96 EU cut-down version. With all the shortages going on this year, it looks like Intel may launch only the two high-end versions later this year, and the rest of the roster some time in Q1 and Q2 2022.

According to APISAK’s latest tweet, the 448 EU SKU is designed to go head to head with the AMD RX 6700 XT and Nvidia RTX 3070. APISAK mentions that the 448 EU model is getting a 1.8 GHz boost for the core clock and is around 8% slower than the AMD GPU or  5% slower than the Nvidia one. This means that the 512 EU model should perform close enough to an RTX 3080, or more likely the newer RTX 3070 Ti. Furthermore, APISAK states that the DG2 128 EU model clocked at max 1.9 GHz should perform around 12% better than the Nvidia GTX 1650. The exact testing suite that determined all these performance metrics is not mentioned, unfortunately.

Now, from previous leaks, we know that the DG2 512 EU model will get 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, while the 384 EU model is getting 12 GB, so the 448 EU variant should get at least 12 GB, and this is already above the 8 GB offered by Nvidia’s RTX 3070 / Ti. Despite being produced on the TSMC 6 nm nodes, the 512 EU SKU with the 448 EU variant feature a 396.24 mm2 die, which is almost as big as the Nvidia GA104 die measuring 392 mm2 produced on 8 nm, and quite a bit bigger than the 7 nm Navi 22 die at 335 mm2. Production yields might not be a problem with the bigger TSMC dies considering the maturity of the 7 nm and 6 nm nodes, but actual supplies could be affected depending on how TSMC is handling the shortages. A limited supply can heavily influence the retail pricing, even if Intel tries to set some aggressive MSRPs (sub-$400?) versus similar AMD and Nvidia cards.

 

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-06-18 (Update: 2021-06-18)