Discrete Intel Iris Xe “DG1” Graphics Cards Being Sold in China
17 February 2022
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Just like Cannon Lake, Intel has once again sought after the Chinese market in deposing of its failed prototype hardware.

You may recall previously with Intel’s “first” attempt at a dGPU that it had managed to achieve a few AIB partnerships for its Iris Xe based “DG1” graphics card, or what’s merely an an integrated graphics solution that has been slapdashed on its own circuit board.

Intel had managed to conjure up partnerships with ASUS, who provided a fanless model of the DG1 which was more indicative of its performance than anything else considering that stating that Intel’s DG1 was a massive flop would be an understatement, with its performance varying wildly being beaten by just about everything from half decade old entry level componentry or AMD’s own integrated graphics solutions the only general purpose of the DG1 is merely to accelerate video encoding.

However the second partner Intel had secured to produce AIB solutions of the DG1 was a Chinese brand by the name of “GUNNIR” who’ve now ushered in more solutions of the Intel based graphics card with a slightly more sophisticated design.

Featuring an even smaller heatsink than before albeit with a larger fan this time around GUNNIR means business with their Intel Iris Xe INDEX V2 lineup.

From the previous low-profile design of the GUNNIR DG1, they’ve now got three variants in total with their new “INDEX” series featuring the standard “Iris Xe” staple DG1 core containing just 80 Execution Units in total, but they’ve seemingly been allowed to sell the uprated Iris Xe MAX SKU, featuring 96 EU’s in total which before now was featured only in mobile devices.

With the addition of the extra Execution Units, especially in a discrete configuration the GUNNIR Iris Xe MAX is certainly the best “DG1” component to be produced, while even with 96 EU’s I honestly doubt that the DG1 graphics card would be that much better than the standard model, or at least enough to warrant a purchase of one over the likes of an entry-level offering from either AMD or NVIDIA released during the past four years.

Though the Intel iris Xe DG1 does actually sip power by comparison to the likes of a GT 1030 or RX 460, this of course would prove to be extremely beneficial in the sense of Chinese knockoff PC’s with “400W” power supplies that would merely burst into flame if actual power consumption exceeds ~150W.

For this type of scenario there’s no beating the GUNNIR Intel Iris Xe MAX INDEX V2.

All three variants of GUNNIR’s DG1 range can be viewed on GUNNIR’s website or purchased from Taobao ranging from 569 RMB (~90 USD) for the previous low-profile variant to 699 RMB ($110) for the GUNNIR Iris Xe MAX INDEX V2 with the standard model coming in at just 639 RMB or just shy of $101 USD.

Though of course Intel has genuinely failed in western markets with the “release” of their “DG1” graphics card and their uprated ARC Alchemist “DG2” isn’t looking all that far better according to some who proclaim that Intel’s genuine foray into the graphics card market may in fact be delayed until as far back as Q3 or Q4 of 2022.

While general overhyping and subsequent delays is iconic when referring to Raja Koduri a mere delay with ARC Alchemist wouldn’t really change the overall failure that it will undoubtedly be, with performance expectations dropping as Intel’s rivals are touted to bring the greatest generational leap in history it certainly doesn’t bode well for Intel whose first actual attempt at a discrete graphics card offering would undoubtedly be two generations behind right out of the gate.

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