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Intel introduces the Iris Xe Max: a discrete GPU that merges with integrated GPUs


One thing to look ahead to: Intel has unveiled the Iris Xe Max, their first Xe discrete GPU. It’s designed for skinny and lightweight laptops and thus isn’t very highly effective, nevertheless it does have one ace up its sleeve: it could share its workloads with the processor’s integrated GPU, combining their efficiency.

At this level, the Iris Xe Max is a acquainted product. It’s bodily an identical to the integrated graphics inside Intel’s latest mobile processors. Nonetheless, on discrete kind it comes clocked at 1650 MHz (as an alternative of 1350 MHz) and it has 4 GB of devoted VRAM.

The power of the Xe Max is as a skilled card, that is, in content material creation functions the place Intel’s workload sharing characteristic, referred to as Deep Hyperlink, kicks in. It permits the processor’s integrated graphics to compute a few of the workload’s easy parts, releasing up the Xe Max for the onerous stuff. Deep Hyperlink additionally modulates the system’s energy supply, to offer each GPUs and the processor the optimum quantity of energy.

Iris Xe Max
Integrated Iris Xe
Launch Date
November 2020
September 2020
Course of
10nm SuperFin
Clock Frequency
1650 MHz
as much as 1350 MHz
Execution Items
48 to 96
Reminiscence Capability
4 GB
shared with system
Reminiscence Kind

68 GB/s

PCIe 4.zero
on-die connection
28 W

Intel claims that the mixed GPUs can render AI workloads about seven occasions sooner than the Nvidia MX350 can. Their mixed encoding engines, working one thing referred to as Hyper Encode, is reportedly 78% sooner than an Nvidia RTX 2080 Tremendous Max-Q.

The Xe Max can also be a fairly succesful gaming GPU, regardless that Deep Hyperlink will not work in video games.

Intel claims that broadly, the Xe Max is equal or superior to the MX350 in common titles. However be warned: neither GPU can run trendy video games above 1080p with out large sacrifices in visible settings.

The Xe Max is on the market beginning right this moment, however maintain out a little bit earlier than shopping for one, as a result of Intel is launching some bundles quickly. As of now, there are three laptops confirmed to have the Xe Max: the Acer Swift 3x, the Asus VivoBook TP470, and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2 in 1. The Dell is already out there at Finest Purchase, and the Asus and Acer shall be on sale quickly.

It is thrilling that Intel is able to launch a new discrete GPU, however at the identical time we wished it was one thing extra highly effective or out there as a desktop card. To that finish, Intel confirmed that a desktop equal shall be launched in the first half of subsequent 12 months, and so they reaffirmed their promise that high-end gaming GPUs shall be “arriving in 2021.”