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Intel GPU on sale, but not the one we expected – Intel DG1

Alchemist should be somewhere right behind

Updated: Feb 16, 2022 4:31 pm
Intel GPU on sale, but not the one we expected – Intel DG1

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An Intel DG1 graphics card has been listed by the Chinese company GUNNIR as reported by Videocardz. Updating its website it has been named the Iris Xe Index V2 and features a full DG1 die. Previously it has only been found in laptops as Intel’s own graphics driver, as a better option than onboard but not requiring a third-party solution.

So not quite the ARC Alchemist series based on the DG2 family that we’re expecting anytime now. However, the DG1 SKU is available now and you can find it at the online retailer Taobao. GUNNIR is offering a choice from three variants of the DG1 based cards:

  • GUNNIR DG1(low-profile), priced at 569RMB (90 USD)
  • GUNNIR Iris Xe Index V2, priced at 639 RMB (101 USD)
  • GUNNIR Iris Xe MAX Index V2, priced at 699 RMB (110 USD)
intel iris xe max v2
GUNNIR Irix Xe MAX Index V2

Intel DG1 specifications

The price isn’t breaking the bank and will be the cheapest graphics card on the market from the newest generations. The next best is the RX 6500 XT having an MSRP of $199 and the RTX 3050 has an MSRP of $249. However, you won’t get the same performance out of this card. In benchmarks for laptops, it performs worse than a GTX 880M, 970M, and GTX 1650 mobile.

However, it is also limited to what system you can use it with. The GPUs will only work on 9th and 10th Gen Intel systems, in B460, B365, and H310C motherboards.

With a limited PCIe 4.0 x 4 bus, the card already has limited performance like the RX 6500 XT. Even then it has a much lower TDP of only up to 41W, giving you great efficiency and low power usage but lacking power. A proper cooling solution on a graphics card might solve that issue with more stable performance and the potential for overclocking.

It also has less VRAM and runs slower meaning it probably won’t run anything above 1080p. But it is an option for some people to move up from lower-powered iGPUs and a test for the upcoming Alchemist launch, whenever that may be.

Iris Xe MAXIris XeArc A370Arc A350
Architecture10nm SuperFin 10nm SuperFin TSMC N6 TSMC N6
GPU Clock1.65 GHz1.5 GHz~2.2 GHz ~2.2 GHz
Memory Bus128 bit 128 bit 64 bit 64 bit
Bandwidth68 GB/s 68 GB/s 112 GB/s 112 GB/s
TDP25-41W 25-41W 35-50W 35-50W
Launch date2021202120222022
Table of specifications for the GPU and upcoming ones

With a background in engineering and PC gaming, Seb is a staff writer with a focus on GPU, storage, and power supplies. Also one of tech supports in the office he likes helping and solving problems.

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