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Updated | The Intel Iris Xe DG1 is here with 4 GB of VRAM and a 30 W TDP, but only for OEMs

The Iris Xe desktop graphics card has an elaborate cooling solution for its 30 W TDP. (Image source: Intel)
The Iris Xe desktop graphics card has an elaborate cooling solution for its 30 W TDP. (Image source: Intel)
Intel has unveiled the Iris Xe desktop graphics card, better known by its codename of DG1. The Iris Xe Graphics has a 30 W TDP, 4 GB of VRAM and will only be available via OEMs. The Iris Xe DG1 will probably compete against NVIDIA's budget cards, such as the Pascal-based GeForce GT 1010.
Updated: VRAM details and Colorful statement added.
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Intel's new desktop graphics cards are here, having been teased in August 2020 at Intel Architecture Day. The company is not ready to announce its Xe HPG Gaming GPU yet, which it claimed would be its mid-range and enthusiast GPUs. Instead, Intel's first desktop graphics card is from its entry-level range, and will likely compete against cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 or the recently-announced GeForce GT 1010.

Intel calls its first desktop graphics card the Iris Xe Graphics, the retail name of the Xe DG1. Unsurprisingly, the Iris Xe Graphics relies on Intel's Xe architecture. However, it features fewer Execution Units (EUs) than the Iris Xe Graphics G7 and the Iris Xe Max found in some laptops. Specifically, the Iris Xe Graphics has 80 EUs to the 96 EUs found in the Iris Xe Graphics G7 and the Iris Xe Max.

The ASUS DG1-4G and its more refined-looking heatsink. (Image source: Intel)
The ASUS DG1-4G and its more refined-looking heatsink. (Image source: Intel)

By contrast, the Iris Xe Graphics has a higher TDP than its laptop counterparts, which Intel has pegged at 30 W. Additionally, Intel has confirmed that the Iris Xe Graphics has three DisplayPort connections and that it can decode AV1 videos. The card supports Adaptive-Sync and HDR too, but Intel is yet to announce its full feature set. Similarly, while Intel has confirmed that the Iris Xe Graphics has 4 GB of VRAM, it remains unclear which memory type Intel has used. Clock speeds are an unknown at this stage, also.

Nonetheless, Intel has stated that it will sell the Iris Xe Graphics to consumers and businesses. There is a catch though, as the Iris Xe Graphics will only be available through OEMs. So far, Intel has confirmed that ASUS has and Colorful have created custom versions of the Iris Xe Graphics. Prices and availability of the first computers with these GPU remains pending, too.

Update - 01/28/2020

It seems that the DG1 has 128-bit LPDDR4X VRAM. Hence, Intel's first desktop graphics card supports the same memory interface as its Tiger Lake integrated GPUs.

Additionally, Colorful has confirmed that it has not partnered with Intel on the Iris Xe launch. The confusion arose from the file name of an Iris Xe image.

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Additionally, the cooler design is identical to those that Colorful has used on some of its cards. You can read Colorful's statement below. 

(Image source: Intel)
(Image source: Intel)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-27 (Update: 2021-01-29)