Intel’s DG1 is nothing more than a prototype, their first attempt at entering the discrete graphics card market has seemingly gone the exact same way as their Cannonlake 10nm processors which seemingly do not exist and neither does the DG1.
Sure, a physical unit probably exists somewhere in the world where the brand new Iris Xe “DG1” can only be found in prebuilt machines and can only be paired with such and such hardware otherwise it wont work. But let’s be honest here, that this hunk of scrap plastic hasn’t actually been actually “released” nor will it ever be.
Much like Intel’s attempt at making 10nm CPUs that has since been buried under the five or so mobile devices utilizing Cannonlake processors located entirely within China I’m sure the DG1 will be given the same sort of treatment once the big blue giant can actually produce something that actually HAS performance.
Because the Intel Iris Xe “DG1” is a failure of epic proportions.
Paired with 4GB of amazing LPDDR4X memory on a 128-bit memory bus providing a groundbreaking 68 GB/s effective bandwidth. The Intel Iris Xe “DG1” is merely a discrete graphics card of the Iris Xe MAX as it consists of 768 shaders deriving from its 96 Execution Units.
This is merely an iGPU on its own separate board of plastic with higher power limitations obviously.
Previously we’ve covered the custom variants of the Iris Xe DG1 for OEM machines, with one of them being a passively cooled model produced by ASUS which is indicative of what sort of power that it’s expected to actually make.
Well because it was precisely this fanless ASUS model that has been spotted by nonother than APISAK yet again who has found a Basemark result of this illusive ASUS DG1 which shows an abysmal score.
The result in question shows the little ASUS DG1 paired with an Intel Core i3-10100F processor which is pretty much a match made in heaven for all things slow the Iris Xe DG1 happens to be utilizing the latest Intel graphics drivers at the current time of reporting which resolves numerous crashing issues with Iris Xe graphics.
Basemark is sort of a multipurpose similarly to that of Geekbench only in this case probably better than Geekbench but still irrelevant really, the name of the game with these sorts of GPU rendering benchmarks is to be supported across varying APIs and of course operating systems such as Windows, Linux and of course Android and IOS devices but in the case for the Intel Iris Xe DG1 we’re looking at a Windows machine while utilizing Vulkan in this particular test.
With a score of 1267 for the Vulkan High and 17,289 points for the Vulkan Medium at first glance it might not be so bad.
That is until we actually compare the DG1 with entry level graphics cards of yesteryear such as the AMD Radeon RX 550 which marginally manages to provide a higher score than the DG1 when also paired with an Intel Core i3-10100F processor.
The AMD Radeon RX 550 released back in late April of 2017 and provides either 2 or 4GB of actual GDDR5 memory paired on a 128-bit memory interface giving you 112 GB/s effectively. Based on the Polaris architecture which predates current generation RDNA based cards by an inconceivable margin and yet only provides 512 stream processors while being built on GlobalFoundries’ 14nm processing node and was commonly found for little over $100 USD for the 4GB variant almost four years ago.
Ouch. Suffice to say that having the Intel Iris Xe DG1 trail the ancient Radeon RX 550 by just 1.9% isn’t a good look in the slightest.
In actual fact when browsing Basemark’s own database for the scores of many other graphics cards both new and old on the Vulkan Medium test it actually gets far worse for the little DG1 as even more older Pitcairn based Radeon graphics cards such as the R7 270/X, 265 and even the HD 7850 and 7870GHz lay waste to the Iris Xe DG1.
It’s appalling to say the least, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti which we’ve already seen previously beat the ever living crap out of Intel’s pathetic excuse of a graphics card is 7.2% faster than the DG1 here. An ancient 650Ti Boost which offers 768 CUDA cores from the goddamn Kepler architecture (launched in 2013) smashes it further by 12.24%.
The Radeon HD 7850 was by no means an entry level consumer part unlike the DG1 which is at least what it’s advertised to be, the fact that lower-midrange products such as the 650Ti Boost, 750Ti and the abundance of Pitcairn GPUs which for the most part have been around for eight years or less and could at one point have been purchased for the same price as the bottle of lube Intel are using on their intended customers.
Honestly the Iris Xe DG1 is a complete write-off, it doesn’t actually exist nor should it either. Just like Intel’s embarrassment with their 11th generation Core processors the DG1 should’ve been shelves alongside Rocket Lake.
The Iris Xe DG1 may be Intel’s “first” attempt at entering the discrete market however we’re much better off waiting for something slightly less shit in the form of the DG2 based on the Xe-HPG design which will most certainly still end up slower than the typical midrange cards of today and yesterday.
This disgusting attempt at being a full functioning graphics card is clearly stillborn, it’s just a coincidence that the DG1 happens to be Gen 12 integrated graphics in drag and honestly such garbage should serve no other purpose than to be the bottom bitch for Intel’s embarrassing 11th generation trash.