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posted by martyb on Thursday June 14 2018, @03:08AM   Printer-friendly
from the can-you-picture-that? dept.

Intel's First (Modern) Discrete GPU Set For 2020

In a very short tweet posted to their Twitter feed yesterday, Intel revealed/confirmed the launch date for their first discrete GPU developed under the company's new dGPU initiative. The otherwise unnamed high-end GPU will be launching in 2020, a short two to two-and-a-half years from now.

[...] This new GPU would be the first GPU to come out of Intel's revitalized GPU efforts, which kicked into high gear at the end of 2017 with the hiring of former AMD and Apple GPU boss Raja Koduri. Intel of course is in the midst of watching sometimes-ally and sometimes-rival NVIDIA grow at a nearly absurd pace thanks to the machine learning boom, so Intel's third shot at dGPUs is ultimately an effort to establish themselves in a market for accelerators that is no longer niche but is increasingly splitting off customers who previously would have relied entirely on Intel CPUs.

[...] Intel isn't saying anything else about the GPU at this time. Though we do know from Intel's statements when they hired Koduri that they're starting with high-end GPUs, a fitting choice given the accelerator market Intel is going after. This GPU is almost certainly aimed at compute users first and foremost – especially if Intel adopts a bleeding edge-like strategy that AMD and NVIDIA have started to favor – but Intel's dGPU efforts are not entirely focused on professionals. Intel has also confirmed that they want to go after the gaming market as well, though what that would entail – and when – is another question entirely.

Previously: AMD's Radeon Technologies Group Boss Raja Koduri Leaves, Confirmed to be Defecting to Intel
Intel Planning a Return to the Discrete GPU Market, Nvidia CEO Responds

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday June 14 2018, @04:50AM

    by takyon (881) <> on Thursday June 14 2018, @04:50AM (#692702) Journal

    Who knows? We can't put it past Intel to include telemetry. It seems to be targeted for businesses/universities and machine learning first rather than gaming. Maybe they will use it as the successor to the cancelled Xeon Phi "Knights Hill" chip [].

    I think we can be cautiously optimistic about Intel's discrete GPU. Nvidia just abuses their #1 position, and Intel can't do that starting at #3 ( discrete GPUs. Intel leads in integrated GPUs, but not if you include ARM smartphone SoCs with Adreno/PowerVR/Mali/etc. graphics).

    One test: Will they support G-Sync [] or FreeSync []? Hopefully, details like that will start to get leaked/released in 2019.

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