Intel is Already Ready for the Next Generation of Video Cards, Aiming High with a High-End Model

Intel is Already Ready for the Next Generation of Video Cards, Aiming High with a High-End Model

Battlemage GPUs, slated for a 2024 launch: the high-end model will feature 56 Xe cores and 16 GB of video memory

2024 is shaping up to be a hot year for Intel, which revealed its plans during an event in Japan, including 14th-generation processors and, more importantly, the next-generation Battlemage GPUs (do you know how to update your video card drivers?). The video cards, already previewed in 2021 when announcing the chip giant’s entry into the sector, have been the subject of some rumors, and now it’s confirmed that they will hit the market next year. Aside from the product roadmap, Intel has not unveiled other news regarding its upcoming graphics cards, but thanks to leakers, we have a pretty clear idea of what to expect.

Firstly, leaked slides have revealed that the new GPUs will feature a new type of memory, possibly GDDR6X, with optimized ray tracing and improvements to the microarchitecture, named Xe2-HPG against the current Xe-HPG architecture of Alchemist.

The card will also include next-generation AI rendering technologies and offer better Deep Link support for GPU workloads, and apparently will come in two variants: BMG-G10 and BMG-G21.

Most interestingly, judging from the presentation slides, Battlemage intends to meet the needs of the most demanding gamers, and it seems that Intel has a plan to enter the high-end market segment.

As seen from the slide, if next year we’ll see the new Battlemage GPUs based on Xe2-HPG architecture, we can expect the Celestial series GPUs in the future (dates not specified), based on Ce3-HPG architecture and probably N3 process node, while further ahead, plans are to launch the Drud, based on the Xe Next architecture.

Returning to Battlemage, rumors suggest that the BMG-G10, the flagship version, will have a power rating of up to 225 watts, while the BMG-G21 will have a power rating of up to 150 watts.

Moreover, according to leaks, it seems that the high-end model BMG-G10 will use a more advanced process node, which should allow increasing the cores in the die. This will allow reaching 56 Xe cores (almost double the cores of the ACM-G10, which has 32 Xe-Core.), in addition to 16GB of GDDR6X video memory at 256-bit.

Prices have not been shared, but enthusiasts hope that Intel will present a quality product while continuing with its policy of “contained” costs, which should allow breaking into a market that sees GPU prices continuously rising
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