Intel Iris Xe Max

Intel Iris Xe Max is Santa Clara’s first dedicated graphics card, available for notebooks with Intel Tiger Lake and based on the Intel Iris Xe, from which it inherits much of the hardware. The first models to be equipped will be: Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G, ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1.
Intel Iris Xe Max is Santa Clara’s first dedicated graphics card and is finally official and available to OEM notebook manufacturers, one year after the announcement and over 20 years of development. Known by the code name of Intel DG1, this GPU adopts the Xe LP architecture and is intended to be integrated into laptops equipped with Intel Tiger Lake processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Intel Iris Xe Max

Santa Clara first showed DG1 at CES 2020 (remember?), In an ultrabook and development board. It hasn’t released many details in recent months, but from the start it was clear to everyone that Intel Iris Xe Max would be an entry-level graphics solution for ultraportables, small notebooks and ultrabooks, so it’s no surprise that the company from Santa Clara compare its GPU to the dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics card. However, it remains a significant move because, with DG1, Intel enters the world of dedicated GPUs.

Despite the scope of the announcement, Intel Iris Xe Max is not very different from the Tiger Lake iGPU, so much so that it has practically the same hardware, from the EU to the media encoder blocks, so more than a new dedicated graphics it would be more correct to consider it an additional (dedicated) variant of the Intel Iris Xe. The main difference between the two graphics solutions is basically in the performance: the Intel GPU can provide 22% more computing power, as well as dedicated memory and a maximum TDP of 25W (compared to the shared TDP for Iris Xe). In addition, the new Intel Iris Xe Max dedicated graphics card is capable of supporting up to four displays, via HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4a video outputs, up to 8K.

READ  Garmin quatix 6

Intel Iris Xe Max

Unlike its competitors, however, Intel hasn’t developed any kind of multi-GPU rendering technology that allows multiple GPUs to be used together for a single graphics task (e.g. SLI from NVIDIA or CrossFire from AMD), hence the power of Iris Xe Max and Intel Iris Xe subsystem cannot be combined in gaming (or any other activity that requires graphics power) for better performance. However, the dedicated GPU can be used to perform operations / calculations beyond those supported by the integrated Iris Xe, thus extending the range of this graphics card and essentially functioning as a coprocessor.

Intel calls this hardware / software technology “Deep Link”, which can also be used by developers. In practice, Deep Link will reveal its potential with graphics processing software that harnesses the computing power of the GPU. For example, during a video encoding, this technology will divide the tasks, assigning some to the integrated Iris Xe and others to the dedicated Iris Xe Max.

Intel Iris Xe Max

For now, Intel has announced three new notebooks featuring an Intel Iris Xe Max dedicated graphics card with Tiger Lake processor, which are: Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G, ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ, and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1.

Related posts

Leave a Comment