Two newly printed slides allegedly reveal attainable Intel Arc desktop GPU roadmap via Q3 2024 and the corporate’s plans concerning its codenamed Battlemage household of graphics processors. If the slides printed by RedGamingTech are appropriate, then Intel’s household of desktop graphics processors based mostly on its subsequent era Xe2-HPG microarchitecture will embody two items designed to supply completely different ranges of efficiency.
Intel’s Arc Battlemage household of desktop graphics processors that includes the corporate’s Xe2-HPG microarchitecture will resemble the corporate’s Alchemist lineup. It’ll nonetheless include two GPUs — the BMG-G10 and the BMG-G21 — concentrating on <225W and <150W energy envelopes, however this time round Intel will go after the enthusiast-grade market section as nicely. In keeping with the slides, Staff Blue plans to roll out its higher-end BMG-G10 graphics processor in Q2 2024 and observe up with its efficiency mainstream BMG-G21 GPU later within the quarter. Each are anticipated to rank among the many finest graphics playing cards.
Energy targets for Intel’s Arc Battlemage GPUs correspond with Intel’s lately revealed plans to construct GPUs for comparatively low-power but quick graphics playing cards moderately than goal the ultra-high-end market segments occupied by AMD and Nvidia. But, we’re speculating.
In a bid to handle fanatic and efficiency market segments, Intel will considerably revamp its Xe2-HPG microarchitecture. From what we are able to collect, the brand new microarchitecture will provide improved ray tracing efficiency, a subsequent era reminiscence subsystem supporting new compression applied sciences, and new machine studying rendering know-how. The outline on the slide is obscure to say the least, however since we’re a yr away from Xe2-HPG and Arc Battlemage, that is anticipated.
The slides printed by RedGamingTech cowl Intel’s plans via the third quarter of 2024, although they’re dated Q3 2022, which implies that they’re fairly historic at this level as plans have a tendency to vary quickly. Actually, we can not even confirm authenticity of the slides, so they need to be taken with a grain of salt anyway. Q3 2022 means these seemingly predate the precise U.S. launch of the varied Arc Alchemist graphics playing cards, and numerous issues have seemingly modified previously six months.
One factor that appears moderately odd is that Intel apparently plans (or no less than deliberate) to refresh its Arc Alchemist lineup with new “Alchemist+” ACM+ G20 and ACM+ G21 graphics processors within the second half of 2023. This does not make numerous sense as in H2 each AMD and Nvidia will seemingly introduce their next-generation entry-level and mainstream GPUs that may depart Intel’s Arc Alchemist choices behind, and investing some huge cash in a refreshed Alchemist+ lineup is perhaps a dropping proposition. As an alternative, engineering and different sources could possibly be used to deliver Battlemage ahead — and which will have already occurred within the ensuing months.
Moreover, firms have a tendency introduce refreshed choices that both noticeably enhance efficiency or are based mostly on re-spun variations of GPUs that provide increased yields and/or improved frequency potential. Since re-spinning of a contemporary GPU is an especially costly job, chip designers benefit from steady course of enhancements (CPI) to extend yields and cut back efficiency variations by the technique of statistical course of management (SPC) since that is significantly cheaper. Generally, GPUs with enhancements enabled by CPI and SPC usually are not even launched as separate merchandise. In the meantime, Intel’s ACM+ G20 and ACM+ G21 appear to be new chips.
In any case, the printed slides verify that in Q3 2022 Intel supposed to launch its Battlemage lineup of merchandise in 1H 2024. We have no idea whether or not the corporate nonetheless intends to roll out these components at the moment, or if it could have shifted ahead now. This unofficial info at finest supplies a snapshot of what Intel was pondering in mid-2022. Hopefully, it will possibly proceed to iterate on its Arc GPUs and produce extra competitors to the devoted graphics card area.