The world of GPU will soon be Red vs Green vs Blue
The best graphics cards were a widespread war between Nvidia and AMD for the longest time. There have, however, been rumors for some time now that Intel is building a GPU talented team to take action. In a marketplace where Nvidia charges exorbitant prices for the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 and AMD with the RX 590 focuses on the budget market, we are ready for a third party to jump into this war and revive the market.
If Intel approaches the GPU space that targets the same audience as its processors — trying to dominate the high end, Nvidia could finally compete and drive prices down. We do not know, however, what these new graphics cards will look like or when we will see them. We don’t even know whether they’ll ever exist.
But, that doesn’t mean we can’t do speculation. There has been an enough movement out there on the Intel GPU front to pull all the information together and try to create a kind of wish list for what we’d like to see out of Intel’s GPUs. So, keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll keep it updated with all the information that comes our way.
Cut to the pursuit
- What is it? Intel’s rumored line of graphics cards
- When is it out? In 2020
- What will it cost? No one knows yet
— Intel News (@intelnews) June 12, 2018
The release date of Intel graphics cards
Intel graphics cards seem set to be released in 2020, and that’s the only thing off. The chipmaker himself has stated that graphics cards will be released at least twice in 2020. Unfortunately, we are not sure of a much more accurate date. We hope it will come sooner at the beginning of 2020.
Intel will announce its graphics architecture at CES 2019, with business cards hitting the market. Then we saw the company holding a separate launch event for consumer graphics cards, similar to what we saw with Coffee Lake Refresh when they are ready to market. It could work the other way around — but if you believe Intel’s own teaser video, it won’t play like that.
We do not know the exact release date for Intel’s graphics card until the company wants us to do so (or until the release date leaks, as is likely).
Intel graphics cards price
Intel’s pricing for its graphics cards will ultimately reflect which consumer market segment it intends to capitalize on. We are sure there will be professional and data center GPUs costing thousands of dollars, but we are more interested in graphics cards for consumers or gaming.
If Intel competes with AMD, we can see that it starts with medium – range cards priced at around $ 300 (about £ 230, AU$420) giving the Radeon RX 5xx series a run for its money. This could compel because Nvidia has no current generation cards and who knows what the GTX 2060 will cost.
However, what we think is more likely is that Intel will focus primarily on the high – end and enthusiastic market, similar to what it does with Coffee Lake Refresh. We saw Intel going all-in, trying to compete with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or the RTX 2080, cutting it by a few hundred dollars and succeeding. Especially if it can handle enough traditional GPU power, we doubt that Intel will be able to compete with the more unique ray tracing and core AI features of Nvidia Turing.
We don’t know what Intel is doing here, but we’re excited. We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground on this one, waiting until more information surfaces — so stay tuned.
Intel graphics cards specs
This is usually the part of the story in which we plunge into previous releases and try to find out what the future products look like. But we really ca n’t do that this time — it’s been almost two decades since Intel released a discrete GPU, and it didn’t end so well for the blue team. Instead, we’ll dive into some speculation based on Intel’s teaser video and a little bit of what’s happening on the scene.
In Intel’s teaser, where it claims to ‘ set your graphics free ‘–whatever that means –Intel reminds us that it not only created the first GPU capable of handling 4 K Netflix, but also the first fully DirectX 12 compliant GPU and an’ as thin as a phone’ gaming PC. And with these claims, and considering the talent it is poached, like ex-AMD graphics guru Raja Koduri, it seems that Intel will try to push the envelope a little.
Whether that means it’ll support fancy rendering techniques like Nvidia is with the RTX cards, we don’t know, but Nvidia could use competition at the high-end, and we might see Intel make a run for it.
At the end of the day, these new GPUs have only a few things to see, they have to be able to play 4 K and they have to be priced competitively. If Intel can reach these two marks, we can see Intel competing in the GPU marketplace. But until Intel is ready to share, we won’t know – we can’t wait for CES 2019.
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