In one word: We already knew that Intel’s Xe DG1 graphics card won’t compete with the latest and greatest from Nvidia and AMD, but a new review shows it has potential as a budget 1080p option.
The first benchmark of the Intel Xe DG1 graphics card appeared in the GPU Basemark database in April. The result suggested that it underperformed the Polaris-based Radeon RX 550 released in 2017, which is not great.
However, the YouTube channel ETA PRIME managed to get its hands on a DG1 via a pre-built $ 749.99 CyberPowerPC gaming system that includes an Asus DG1-4G. It was tested in a variety of games, which gave us a better idea of the capabilities.
The card specifications come in 80 Execution Units (EU) or 640 Shader Units, 4 GB of LPDDR4X-4266 on a 128-bit interface, 1,500 MHz boost clock speed, and it runs at just 30 W, which which means that external PCIe power connectors are not required and can be passively cooled.
The PC comes with a single 8GB DDR4-3000 memory stick, which ETA PRIME swapped for 16GB dual channel DDR4-3600 to improve performance a bit. Interestingly, it also features a Core i5-11400F, despite Intel previously saying that the GPU could only be paired with 9th gen (Coffee Lake) and 10th gen (Comet Lake) processors. It appears that Rocket Lake has been added to the compatibility list.
Gaming benchmarks show that the Xe DG1 can handle most 1080p games quite well when graphics are set to normal or low. GTA V gets between 79 and 92 fps on standard settings, Forza 4 averages over 60 fps (low), and Genshin Impact is around 60 fps (medium). As you can imagine, some demanding games struggle: Cyberpunk 2077 can only manage 30fps when at 720p on low settings, while Red Dead Redemption 2 gets between 32 and 47fps at 900p with settings reduced to low.
Xe-HPG Royal Candy (DG2) – Very productive time in Folsom’s lab a couple of weeks ago. “From nervous trips to buttery smooth,” he said. @rogerdchandler –
lots of controller and game optimization work ahead for @gfxlisacomputer software. They are all very excited … and a little scared 🙂 pic.twitter.com/tQcfEWf8p4
– Raja Koduri (@Rajaontheedge) June 2, 2021
While the Xe DG1 seems to be on par with some of the latest Ryzen APUs, the Xe-HPG (DG2) that recently revealed its GPU has at least one SKU with 512 EU, which could place it somewhere between the RTX 3070. and RTX 3080, in terms of performance