Because the slated 2020 launch for Intel’s Xe graphics playing cards inches nearer, extra particulars are slowly rising, with the most recent being that the brand new line of chips will debut at entry-level pricing.
Based on a roughly translated Russian-language interview with Raja Koduri, Intel’s Chief Architect and Senior Vice President of Structure, the upcoming GPUs will debut at round $200. This worth quote aligns nicely with earlier rumors indicating that the hardware is meant much less for avid gamers and extra for information facilities and artistic digital artists. The previous will need to purchase GPUs cheaply in bulk and the latter will not be interested by paying a premium for overpowered efficiency.
A method of beginning on the base of the patron computing pyramid isn’t a surprise in itself, however a price ticket within the $200 vary could also be exceptional if different new and present whisperings are to be believed. The most important new piece of proof is that, in the identical interview, Koduri instructed that the chips would characteristic the higher-spec high-bandwidth reminiscence (HBM), which remains to be on the costly aspect when weighed towards a comparable quantity of GDDR6 reminiscence.
It’s not clear whether or not all of the Xe GPUs will sport HBM reminiscence or simply the information middle lineup, however in both case, it could be unbelievable to supply any quantity of HBM reminiscence within the $200 vary. If that is certainly the case, it might be that Intel has mastered the 3D fabrication that HBM requires with takeaways from its Foveros method.
There may be additionally a superb probability that Intel Xe will characteristic ray tracing proper from the beginning, which might be actually novel for any GPU producer at current, particularly for the entry-level product line the Intel GPUs look like groomed for. This might be a gambit to outflank an Nvidia that’s caught between AMD’s reticence towards ray tracing (as evidenced by the performance’s marked absence from its Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT) and Intel’s obvious dedication to introducing it to their chips early and infrequently. Then again, it’s simply as doubtless that Intel is viewing the way forward for ray tracing as optimistically as Nvidia is and simply holding their playing cards nearer than their competitor.
Till we get extra concrete particulars about Intel Xe’s final specs, although, the function that it’ll fill when it hits the market will stay hazy.