Intel has taken back the release of graphics Arc in the first quarter, promising only the year 2022

At the beginning of November 2017, when Raja Koduri joined Intel, the company released a press release, the passage of which:

In this position, Koduri will expand Intel’s leading position in integrated graphics for the PC market with high-end discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments.

is Intel ‘s first official high – end graphics card. At that time, it caused quite a surprise, as Intel fired about 12,000 employees a year earlier, in 2017 more were laid off, albeit in the hundreds, and according to the information available at the time, the graphics division was to lose ~ 2,000 people. The expulsion of the graphics division and the subsequent announcement of the development of graphics cards forced independent observers of the situation to at least raise their eyebrows, but only the year 2018, Intel launched a whirlwind of media statements about the upcoming graphics.

In October 2019, it looked like an announcement in the summer of 2020, but in November 2019, the graphics division began to leave voluntarily, including several that Raja Koduri dragged from AMD. In December 2019, the first reports of delay began to seep through. In July 2020, Intel announced that it would introduce the Xe graphics by August 13, but immediately withdrew it. Instead, in August, he announced that the gaming (then) Xe would be introduced in 2021. In December 2020, Intel showed photographs of professional models and failed to add that it could not wait for 2021 (in 2021, Intel then these products and the entire Xe-HP range canceled). In May 2021, he officially declared that Xe DG2’s graphics were just around the corner. In July, he spoke again of an early release. In November, he announced plans to release a new generation of graphics cards each year.

At the beginning of the autumn, it was already clear that the playing cards would not be issued in 2021 and CES was expected. During the fall, news of March 2022 began to emerge, and at the end of the year, graphics card manufacturers leaked that nothing was happening, making it virtually impossible for more than a limited number of cards to be issued or a formal announcement in March. Although at the beginning of CES Intel assured itself of the release in the first quarter of 2022…

… Now speculation about further delays has basically confirmed that he deleted all references to the first quarter of 2022 from his site. Instead, he left only 2022:

What to add. If we criticize AMD here for allowing itself to postpone the release of one product from winter to spring (Ryzen 7 5800X3D), the thread should not remain dry on this company with adequate access to Intel. But after years of promises, that is, unfulfilled promises, day-to-day “forward-looking” statements, and years of repeated delays, we could do nothing but criticize false promises.

So we will limit ourselves to one small thing. Intel talked about the high-end from the beginning. The long-awaited DG2 would be high-end if it came out in 2020. If it came out in 2021, it would be – with the expected performance somewhere around the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti – 3070 – rather a higher mainstream. However, if it enters the market sometime before the middle of 2022, after which (probably in late summer or autumn) a new generation from AMD and Nvidia will come, the situation will be diametrically different. At AMD, the offer starts with a chip Navi 33 with a performance close to the Radeon RX 6800 XT and Nvidia’s offer will certainly be similar. At this time, DG2 will be neither high-end nor higher mainstream, but rather lower mainstream, which will not be easy. Leaks to date have indicated that the architecture’s efficiency and power-to-power ratio of 6nm Xe / Arc will be behind 7nm and 8nm AMD and Nvidia products. So it’s not too hard to extrapolate how this generation will fare against the 5nm AMD and Nvidia chips, which are also supposed to bring the highest intergenerational shift in performance in history.

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