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Worrying Intel DG1 3DMark Fire Strike scores leak: Intel's Xe architecture barely keeps up with 3 year-old Pascal NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

The DG1 struggles to keep up with ageing entry-level discrete cards (Image source: Intel)
The DG1 struggles to keep up with ageing entry-level discrete cards (Image source: Intel)
3DMark Fire Strike scores for the Intel DG1 have just leaked. Intel's latest attempt at a discrete GPU appears to be barely faster than the 3 year-old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050. This raises serious questions about Xe and Tiger Lake integrated graphics.
Arjun Krishna Lal,
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3DMark Fire Strike results for Intel's Xe DG1 discrete GPU were recently spotted by tipster @TUM_APISAK and paint a bleak picture. Disappointingly, the part appears to perform on par with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with a score of 5538. The 1050 is a Pascal-based GPU that's featured in entry-level laptops for over three years now.

The Intel GPU is faster than integrated options like AMD's RX Vega 8 graphics on the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, as well as bottom-of-the-barrel discrete options like the NVIDIA GeForce MX250. However, as a discrete card, performance does not impress.

Existing low-power discrete GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q slightly outperform the Intel Xe DG1 at a 35W TDP. Go up a bit higher on the power consumption ladder and parts like the AMD Navi RX 5300M hand in nearly 50 percent higher performance at a still-reasonable 65W TDP.

The latest 3DMark Fire Strike figures look even worse in light of rumors that Tiger Lake graphics will be as much as 23 percent slower than the DG1. If that is the case, entry level discrete chips would continue to be the better option next year. 

The DG1 struggles to best the GTX 1050, a 3 year-old entry-level card (Image source: @TUM_APISAK)
The DG1 struggles to best the GTX 1050, a 3 year-old entry-level card (Image source: @TUM_APISAK)

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 518 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-05-31 (Update: 2020-05-31)