Why do you need such a discrete GPU if the integrated graphics do just as well?
Intel has officially announced the start of deliveries of its first discrete next generation graphics card – Iris Xe Max or, as it was called before, DG1. The novelty has already been tested with the Geekbench 5 benchmark as part of the Intel CoffeeLake client corporate platform, which gives an idea of its performance.
But before moving on to the test results, let’s note the characteristics of the Iris Xe Max. The GPU, as you can see, received 96 execution units, and is connected to 3 GB of its own memory. The GPU clock speed is 1.5 GHz. And now, in fact, the result: 11885 points in the OpenCL test. This is about the level … of the integrated graphics AMD Radeon RX Vega 8. Or the discrete GPU Radeon RX 550. But what is more interesting, even the integrated graphics Xe in Tiger Lake processors showed the best result – 12068 points …
Of course, here we can refer to the fact that, firstly, the OpenCL test is hardly the most indicative, and secondly, the final version of Iris Xe Max in a commercial device will provide greater performance. But it is very doubtful that the performance of the Iris Xe Max in commercial notebooks will improve dramatically. In the best case scenario, this video card will be able to move up the rankings slightly, bypassing the integrated Xe graphics.
Intel’s next floppy graphics card – DG2 – should be much more powerful.