After the success of the Intel Iris Xe MAX Graphics for laptops launched in October last year, Intel is now bringing its in-house Xe graphics processing microarchitecture to the desktop segment as well.
On January 26, 2021, the company announced the Iris Xe discrete GPUs for desktops. In its press release, Intel announced that the Iris Xe GPUs for desktops will be offered to system integrators who will sell them as part of pre-built systems and the cards will not be sold as a standalone component directly to the consumers. ASUS is among the first company to bring the new Intel Graphics for Desktop to the market.
“The new cards offer a compelling upgrade to existing options in the market segment. They feature three display outputs; hardware video decode and encode acceleration, including AV1 decode support; Adaptive Sync; Display HDR support and artificial intelligence capabilities thanks to DP4a deep-learning inference acceleration,” adds the company. The desktop-class Iris Xe graphics card will come with 4GB of VRAM and 80 execution units.
Coming to its potential, the new Iris Xe discrete GPU can handle up to three 4K HDR displays and also supports the new AV1 codec to provide a reliable and low-bandwidth video calling experience. Intel offers HEVC, AVC, VP9, and SCC transcode capabilities for video content creators. Also, editing is said to receive a boost with DP4a AI workloads.
Also just a heads up, the new GPU is not targeted at gaming but geared towards productivity tasks. They are not made for gaming, neither they look to compete with the likes of NVIDIA and AMD, who offers probably the best discrete graphics cards in the world. Instead, they are just meant to accelerate the tasks that you perform on your PC on a daily basis. But when compared to integrated graphics solutions offered by Intel itself or AMD with its own Radeon family, the new Iris Xe discrete GPU will not disappoint you, they come with a much faster speed.