Intel is all set to introduce its next-generation graphics architecture, code-named Xe, with its Tiger Lake CPUs. However, a recent tweet from Intel would suggest that the company plans to detail its next-generation graphics next month.
Intel will unveil its next-generation Xe graphics next month, can we expect a first look at its discrete graphics cards too?
The Intel Xe graphics architecture is the latest graphics architecture from the blue team to compete directly against AMD and NVIDIA in all segments. Intel has first prioritized its Xe GPUs towards the mobility platform and the first products to use them are the Tiger Lake CPUs (Integrated Iris Xe Graphics) and DG1 discrete tier mobility chips.
According to the tweet, that quickly became apparent through screenshot Videocardz, Intel plans to reveal more details of its next generation Xe graphics in the coming month. The tweet states that within 20 days, we should expect news that suggests August 14 or 15 (depending on your time zone).
The tweet was posted specifically by the Intel Graphics account, but even these could be details specific to the Xe graphics that appear on Tiger Lake’s CPUs. Please note that Intel also has an event scheduled for September 2. Intel may plan to unveil its Xe graphics first, followed by the launch of the first products to use it. But the more interesting thing is the fact that Intel quickly removed the tweet, which would suggest a number of things.
Intel may have mentioned the wrong time frame for revealing the Xe graphics in the first tweet, which could have led them to remove it. Or the deletion of the tweet could have been intentional, as the company aims to create hype for its next-generation Xe graphics lineup. Intel has already demonstrated its Xe graphics notebook with Battlefield V, so we can certainly expect some figures based on the latest drivers and optimizations.
As I said, the Tiger Lake CPUs with integrated Xe and DG1 mobility GPUs with discrete Xe are just two products, the real Xe powered line-up is of a larger scale, which includes discrete, workstation, cloud and HPC graphics cards power. If Intel really wants to go a step further with the launch of Xe graphics, then they can start not only by revealing its mobile products, but also by describing the discrete line-up of the graphics card and when users can market them expect.
Intel certainly has some tough GPU competition ahead in the mobility market, but the real battle would be in the discrete graphics field where NVIDIA has been at the forefront of the high-performance segment for years and AMD still has a commendable budget position – and regular segment.