Intel may release a new standalone graphics card for game enthusiasts sooner rather than later, at least according to the tweeted job posting from an Intel employee.
Pete Brubaker, Intel’s game development relationship expert, posted a tweet on Intel’s site to senior game developer relationship engineers, saying “DG2 is just around the corner, it’s going to be exciting.” According to the broadcast, the role requires working with game developers to optimize their game for Intel hardware, which in this case seems to be tied to their future Xe HPG graphics card.
Come work with us at Intel! The DG2 is just around the corner, it’s getting exciting. Http://t.co/qKjzlcsXmKMay 6, 2021
There’s not much information about the upcoming card – or cards – but some data has been leaked so far, and according to Digital trends, Intel’s Xe HPG could achieve performance somewhere RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, which would be a major coup for Team Blue.
The new card is said to include beam tracking and – most importantly – has similar super-sampling technology to Nvidia DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), which makes the frame at a lower resolution and uses machine learning to convert the resolution to 1080p or higher. This dramatically improves frame rates, especially when beam tracking is enabled, and is all necessary to get 4K / 60 FPS games with modern AAA games.
AMD really needs to rush with its super-blurring technology
We’ve been waiting a while to hear something about AMD’s response to Nvidia’s DLSS, but AMD has been pretty unclear about the release date of the Big Navi graphics feature.
This was a constant problem for AMD because without supersampling technology, their new graphics cards are Radeon RX 6800 XT weaker than Nvidia’s competitor RTX 3080 card in terms of 4K beam tracking performance. Since the hobby market is really moving towards, the only way to get this kind of performance is something like DLSS.
If Intel finally launches its new standalone gaming graphics processor with ray tracing and supersampling, then there will be even more pressure on AMD to get its supersampling technology out the door.