Intel Launched It's DG1 IRIS Xe Desktop Graphics Cards For SI & OEM Market - PC SEEKERS

Intel Launched It's DG1 IRIS Xe Desktop Graphics Cards For SI & OEM Market

Intel Iris Xe Graphics Cards by Partners
Intel have finally launched their discrete Iris Xe desktop graphics card code named DG1 based on the Xe-LP architecture for System Integrator (SI) and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) market only. Though this is not the only discrete graphics card from Intel based on its Iris Xe branding, the Iris Xe Max graphics are the first Xe-LP based discrete graphics processors for notebooks that was launched in Q4 2020. On January 26th, 2021 Intel announced their discrete desktop graphics cards code named DG1 under the Iris Xe branding based on the Xe-LP architecture.



Asus DG1 4GB Graphics Card

Intel have partnered with several OEMs including the likes of ASUS and Colorful who will be manufacturing the cards for Intel once Intel starts shipping the GPU (The GPU die to be precise and may be also the LPDDR4X memory in the form of a package) to its partners. The partners will then manufacture the cards and ship them to System Integrators and OEMs to be integrated into their pre-built PCs and sold to the customers like mainstreams users and small to medium size businesses who Intel is targeting here as was stated in the Iris Xe Discrete Desktop Graphics press release.


Intel Iris Xe DG1 Desktop Graphics cards Specifications:



 Execution Units

80 EU 


10nm SuperFin

 GPU Clock



4GB LPDDR4X,128-bit, 68GB/s



 PCI Express

Gen4 x4

 Max. Display Support

Upto 3 Simultaneous 4K HDR Displays

 Adaptive Sync


 Display HDR Support


 Intel Deep Learning Boost

What is interesting is the fact that the desktop discrete graphics card has less Execution Units (80 EU) compared to its notebook counter part that has 96 EU but the desktop variant has a higher power budget of 30W compared to the 25W TDP of the notebook Iris Xe Max graphics. This higher TDP might translate into higher boost clocks bringing the performance of the desktop Iris Xe DG1 graphics card on par with the notebook's discrete Iris Xe Max DG1 graphics processor.

Where to buy?

As noted previously the graphics card will be available in pre-built PCs from OEMs and System Integrators (SI). Intel has not hinted towards the graphics card being available for purchase for the enthusiast / DIY market.

Compatibility With Your PC:

The DG1 Iris Xe desktop graphics card, as stated by Intel to LegitReviews, will only be compatible with select PCs - pre-built PCs with special UEFI BIOS that supports Intel Iris Xe. Intel stated and we quote:
The Iris Xe discrete add-in card will be paired with 9th gen (Coffee Lake-S) and 10th gen (Comet Lake - S) Intel ® Core™ desktop processors and Intel(R) B460, H410, B365 and H310C chipset based motherboards and sold as part of pre-built systems. These motherboards require a special BIOS that supports Intel Iris Xe, so the cards won't be compatible with other systems.

For Gaming?

From the above statement one can conclude that Intel is only targeting the main stream users and small to middle-size businesses. The performance of this card, based on the specifications, we assume will be on par with the Iris Xe Max graphics cards for notebooks, though you can technically game on one the performance numbers will show how smooth the game play can be once 3rd party reviewers get their hands on the pre-builts to review them.

So are you excited for Intel's entry into the desktop graphics card market and the competition it will bring in into this segment? Do let us know down in the comments section below.

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