The interview covered, among other things, the availability of graphics cards, drivers, Intel platform interoperability, and the good reception of XeSS among developers.
Intel is currently preparing new Arc separate graphics cards for gaming. The first-generation Xe-HPG architecture graphics, known by the alchemist code name, should arrive on store shelves early next year.
Gadgets 360 has interviewed Intel’s Raja Kodur and Roger Chandler about upcoming Arc graphics cards. The interview repeats several previously revealed information, but there is also room for something completely new.
According to Intel, the company has designed Alchemist graphics cards specifically for gamers and content producers. In practice, this means optimizing and developing the architecture and software itself for just that use, but as we know from graphics cards already on the market, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything in terms of extraction speed. However, both Chandler and Koduri state that no such constraint or barrier similar to NVIDIA’s mining limiter specifically addresses cryptographic mining performance has been designed by the company.
Intel has previously mentioned that it will release drivers for the new Arc graphics cards on a pre-determined schedule. In practice, this means that the company would not have planned to publish the so-called Day 0 drivers for new games. Now, however, Chandler is reporting positive news, saying that with some major releases, there would be additional driver releases outside the agreed schedule.
An update on Intel’s XeSS scaling technology was also received in the interview. According to Chandler, the development community has been excited about XeSS technology and the company is currently collaborating with several dozen studios. Developers have particularly liked the openness of the technology, as XeSS is promised not only a version optimized for Intel’s XMX matrix calculators, but also a version that works with all graphics cards that support DP4A. According to Intel, the technology should become available with a comfortable initial coverage and the number of games supported will grow aggressively thereafter.
In terms of availability, Intel says demand is currently so strong that it cannot guarantee that the availability of graphics cards will be sufficient for the release. Like GeForce and Radeon, Arc graphics cards will also be available from several different AIB manufacturers. According to Intel, both a number of OEMs and ODMs are involved, and a separate graphics card from the company’s Xe-LP architecture DG1 has been released to ensure the functionality of the production chain. Intel, like AMD and NVIDIA, will provide manufacturers with a reference model, but custom circuit boards should also be promised.
The interview also revealed more detailed information about Intel’s plans as a provider of the entire platform. The company will market the collaboration between the standalone graphics card and the integrated graphics driver under the name Deep Link, in addition to which the platform will be able to share the processor and graphics card power budget as needed. This is a feature similar to AMD’s SmartShift technology that applies to laptops. Both the processor and the graphics card have their own specific power budget, but in addition to that, the platform has plenty of leeway to give either the processor or the graphics card a higher power consumption limit depending on the load.
You can read the entire interview behind the source link.
Source: Gadgets 360
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