Alongside today’s launch of Intel’s DG1-based Iris Xe MAX graphics for laptops, the company is also quietly confirming that DG1 will be coming to desktop video cards as well, albeit in a roundabout way.

Though still in the early stages, a hereto unnamed third party has reached an agreement with Intel to produce DG1-based desktop cards. These cards, in turn, will be going into OEM desktop systems, and they are expected to appear early next year.

The very brief statement from Intel doesn’t contain any other details. The company isn’t saying anything about the specifications of the OEM desktop cards (e.g. clockspeeds), nor are they naming the third party that will be making the cards, or any OEMs who might be using the cards. For today at least, this is a simple notification that there will be OEM cards next year.

As for the market for such cards, there are a couple of avenues. OEMs could decide to treat the cards similarly to how Iris Xe MAX is being positioned in laptops, which is to say as a cheap add-in accelerator for certain GPU-powered tasks. Intel has baked a significant amount of video encode performance into the Xe-LP architecture, so the cards could be positioned as video encode accelerators. This would be very similar to Intel’s own plans, as the company will be selling a DG1-based video encode card for servers called the SG1.

Alternatively, the third party may just be looking to sell the DG1 card to OEMs as simple entry-level discrete graphics cards. Based on what we know about Xe MAX for laptops, DG1 is not expected to be significantly more powerful than Tiger Lake integrated graphics. However, as pointed out by our own Dr. Ian Cutress, it should be a good bit better than any comtemporary Atom’s integrated GPU.

Sadly, the OEM card probably won't be as fancy as Intel's DG1 development card



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  • desii - Saturday, October 31, 2020 - link

    The Radeon 7750 came out in 2012. Maybe they still produce them, but it's not something I'd buy at this point. The RX 560 is from 2017 and already quite behind the Nvidia 1650, which is significantly more power efficient (there's even a fanless one).

    Thanks for the recs on the workstation cards. But it seems most of them have very basic cooling (and no fanless models?). I never liked that market, but maybe I'll take another look.
    From what I remember 10 years ago there was more choice for a basic low powered fanless card. I actually still have a couple of them from around that time; one of them is still good enough, while the other is too weak to handle new software and resolutions.
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, November 1, 2020 - link

    Microcenter sells the GeForce 210 and only relatively recently stopped selling the 8400 GS.

    The low end has been screaming for a bit of ... you know ... competition.
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, November 1, 2020 - link

    Amazon is also directly still selling the (circa 2007) 8400 GS and Newegg has listings for a whole lot of them, too (new, not refurbs). Reply
  • ingwe - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Any idea what drives this? It seems crazy that they would still be selling. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Lack of competition, of course.

    This is a symptom of the tech industry being dominated by duopoly and monopoly.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - link

    Lots of older desktops with old integrated ATi or Intel chipsets that cant handle windows 10, but the CPU can. Core 2 era chipsets are notorious for this, and there are a LOT of them out there. Reply
  • thomasg - Saturday, October 31, 2020 - link

    AMD still does have such a card, although they themselves consider it very niche and don't advertise it to any relevant degree.
    That card is the Sapphire GPRO 4300, a specialiced Polaris variant only sold via Sapphire, and offers 4 DisplayPorts for a lower price than any comparable nVidia offering.

    For the customers that needf signed GL drivers, there's also the WX 3200, which basically offers the same for the same price.

    So AMD still has offerings for that segment, but since its a niche segment, there's also few models made.
  • p1esk - Sunday, November 1, 2020 - link

    This will not compete well with 3060 or 3050 down the line. Reply
  • Ej24 - Sunday, November 1, 2020 - link

    Get a cheap entry level Quadro (p620) or Radeon Pro. (Wx 3100). Most have at least 4 dp output. Are tiny, single slot, 45W tdp. Used on ebay for $100 Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    The performance on this one will be broadly equivalent to the desktop 1030, and some way short of the 1650.

    You're also right to be wary of Intel's iGPU running multiple high-res screens. It just doesn't cope well.

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