Intel's first Xe graphics cards are expected to hit the market in the summer of 2020. At least, Raja Koduri, chief architect of Intel, has pointed this out Tweet on the 3rd of October,
The reigning processor manufacturer (CPU) is entering the market for discrete graphics cards with its upcoming Intel Xe cards and has already committed to a timetable for 2020 for the first wave of these Xe graphics cards.
Raja Koduri's Tweet, on which Toms Hardware reports, is a photograph of the back of his Tesla Model S bearing a custom license plate saying "THINKXE," "June," and "2020." And it seems to be Intel's target date to confirm.
Intel is no stranger to such cryptic news, as the release date of the Coffee Lake chips has been confused with a coffee cup with the word "October" and the numbers "10" and "2017" a few years ago. Since this photo came, so to speak, directly from the horse's mouth, we take it as a gospel.
Regardless of whether it is the date of disclosure or the publication itself, we have no idea. We're counting on a release, but since Computex is a June affair, the manufacturer may announce it at the event and release it a few days later.
A third contender in the GPU race
Just when AMD Nvidia finally caught up in the graphics card game, Intel throws his chips – or better graphics cards – in the pot, which could only mean good things for us.
These Intel Xe graphics cards, based on the Gen 12 graphics architecture, are offered in two variants – one for consumers and one for the data center. They will also cover everything from mobile entry-level graphics to gaming GPUs to general-purpose GPUs for superclass supercomputers.
We'll have to wait and see how the Intel cards compare with their AMD and Nvidia competitors. However, as Raja Koduri delivers strangely specific, if puzzling, information about the cards, leaks in the rumor mill will surely crop up in the months ahead of June 2020.
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