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Intel releases Xe Max discrete GPU

by on05 November 2020


Claims it beats Nvidia in every metric

Intel released preliminary information on its newest laptop part -- the Xe Max discrete GPU, which functions alongside and in tandem with Tiger Lake's integrated Iris Xe GPU.

According to Ars Technica , the GPU is expected in the new  Swift 3x laptop -- which will only be available in China, the Asus VivoBook Flip TP470 and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1.

During an extended product briefing, Intel claimed the Xe Max beats Nvidia's entry-level MX 350 chipset in just about every conceivable metric. Although the downside of all this is that it will only appear in Tiger Lake based systems whose Iris Xe integrated GPUs already handily outperform the Nvidia MX 350 in most tests.

Xe Max is pretty much the same 96 Execution Unit (EU) GPU to be found in the Tiger Lake i7-1185G7 CPU with the only difference is a higher clock rate, dedicated RAM, and separate TDP budget. Tiger Lake's Iris Xe has a peak clock rate of 1.35GHz, and it shares the CPU's TDP constraints. Iris Xe Max has its own 25W TDP and a higher peak clock rate of 1.65GHz. It has its own 4GiB of dedicated RAM -- though that RAM is the same LPDDR4X-4266 that Tiger Lake itself uses, which is something of a first for discrete graphics and might lead to better power efficiency.

Last modified on 05 November 2020
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