Remember Cannon Lake? Neither do Intel if you probably asked them.
For those who don’t know Cannon Lake is basically the straw that broke Intel’s Tick-Tock mantra, being conceived as the 10nm die shrink of Kaby Lake (Skylake) however it like the 10nm process of which it was supposed to be tapped out upon was subsequently delayed due to horrible leadership and management combined now resulting in the slow yet laughable death of Intel’s semiconductor business.
But in order for Intel to not come out as being lying pieces of shit to shareholders regarding Intel Core processors deployed on their 10nm process node Intel did what Intel does best…. sweep it all under the rug.
But how did Intel manage to persuade shareholders and admit that all is fine, that 10nm is “on track” and that processors utilizing the new node have already been “released” ?
Simple. Make about let’s just say five Cannon Lake processors, send them all to China and nobody would be none the wiser. Except for the fact of just how broken Intel’s overdesigned 10nm process node actually was.
Cannon Lake was merely supposed to be a die shrink of the then quad core Kaby Lake design, which contained a maximum die size of just 122mm which is quite small by Intel’s standards anyway. However their 10nm process was just so fucking bad when it came to actual yields they couldn’t even manage that, it had gotten to the point where they struggled to successfully produce a usable dual core processor and even then its iGPU (integrated graphics) was functionally a lemon.
Perhaps this is why Intel intentionally called it Cannon Lake, because it was shot out of existence in a matter of a seconds (just like Rocket Lake).
Intel practically made god knows how many functional dual core Cannon Lake processors, of which were “sold” in Chinese OEM mobile machines and never seen or heard from again.
So what does Intel’s Iris Xe-LP based DG1 have to do about any of this?
Well, understandably Intel’s second yet “first” attempt at (re)entering the discrete graphics card market has fallen on deaf ears as the DG1 itself has already been proven to be unbelievably slow, even for an entry level product and really has yet to be officially released in any major distribution chain barring what’s believed to be an OEM CyberPowerPC featuring the illusive media accelerator of which we’ve heard nor seen anything regarding the OEM system since then.
So really, the DG1 still doesn’t exist, more rather it’s a glorified engineering prototype that should’ve been shelved long ago.
It would seem though that the DG1 will indeed find a home after all….. in Chinese OEM machines.
Say hello to the GUNNIR DG1, and by god is she a looker. With a “massive” heatsink and fan design about as really indictive to the sort of performance the Iris Xe DG1 provides for the avid gamer.
Quite awhile ago Intel stated that it began offering its DGE Iris Xe-LP based graphics card to OEM partners and once again Intel offloads its mistakes onto the Chinese market.
And Intel honestly seem quite proud regarding this “accomplishment” by advertising the GUNNIR on its own dedicated page regarding the Iris Xe DG1 graphics card right below the ASUS passive design we’ve yet to see formally.
Now I don’t speak in the sort of parseltongue that these chink dog eaters mutter however you don’t need a translation in order to see some of the more important specifications listed on GUNNIR’s website.
With interesting specifications provided with the GUNNIR DG1 operating with a base frequency of 1.2GHz with boosting up to 1.5GHz and as we already know the DG1 comes with a laughable 4GB of LPDDR4x memory operating at 4267 MT/s.
As far as power consumption goes the DG1 hardly consumes anything with a TDP value of just 30 watts meaning it’s entirely powered via PCI Express, but then again so is the RX 550 which comfortably trashes the DG1 in actual applications though with considerably higher power usage (50w vs 30w).
Connectivity as as basic and bland as the performance capable of the Xe-LP graphics itself with a single HDMI and shockingly VGA output at the helm of its single slot design.
Intel’s DG1 is that fucking backwards and slow it’s probably the only graphics card that still offers a VGA output. Not even DVI, but VGA.
Intel once again looks to be cleaning its fingers of its DG1 as GUNNIR intend to provide the Iris Xe-LP based graphics card in the GUNNIR ChingChong L100 OEM system.