The long awaited Intel’s gaming-focused Xe-HPG DG2 graphics card which had been in oven for a while now, with numerous leaks which continuing to spin the rumour mill will eventually see the light in subsequent days ahead. It now looks like an official reveal and release could be just around the corner, after Intel made it known that the DG2 is now in the hands of AIB partners.
Just of recent, the company revealed the news in a presentation at the International Supercomputing Conference. The upcoming card, dubbed DG2, is now in “sampling stage” meaning the pre-production models are in the hands of the manufacturers and possibly game developers.
This means the GPU is now being tested out by the manufacturers that produce third-party variations of the best and affordable graphic cards, such as MSI, Asus, Zotac, and many more. It is now close to the final step before it will be launched to the public. Although, there has been lots of speculations on whether the DG2 will be released later this year or in early 2022, but this news suggests it will arrive sooner than later. If we are lucky, we might even see some third party designs of the new graphics card link within the next few months.
Designs could vary between the various performance levels of the DG2. However, there are up to six models in development, from a budget version with 96 execution units to a 512 execution units powerhouse expected to rival NVidia’s RTX 3070 and AMD’s RX 6000 lineup.
We will have to wait and see whether Intel can find a way around the stock issues plaguing both AMD and NVidia’s current GPU lineups, otherwise a paper launch might be on the cards. If performance is on par with its rivals, there will be no shortage of demand from gamers desperate for a new graphics card to fill the void. Notwithstanding, the product is set to arrive under Intel’s Xe HPG brand, which stands for high-performance gaming.