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Intel Lancaster Sound, will HPG GPUs finally be for gaming?

A Twitter user with a somewhat curious name, @SteakisGooddiscovered the successor to the Arctic Sound-M, dubbed Sound Intel Lancaster. While this Twitter user doesn’t seem too trustworthy, he’s referring to @Komachi_Ensaka, which he is. The leak of Intel’s next architecture for the Data Center GPUs it was discovered during Intel’s upcoming data center and high-performance computing roadmap.

It was a while, but the Twitter user managed to find the name of “Lancaster Sound” in one of the slides of this presented roadmap, accompanied by a Date, 2023making it clear that at least he would arrive next year.

However, we already know Intel, which is lagging well behind, especially in the area of ​​GPUs, which concerns us now. And it’s not for less, because this family of GPUs and their consequent architecture have been around for a few years since their presentation and we don’t have any units available.

This architecture would be Xe-HP from Intel, codenamed Arctic Sound, which is divided into 3 models with tiles up to 128 Xe cores (512 threads). The Xe-HPs would ultimately remain as units for Intel internal testingbecause have never been marketed and there was no advertising for their products.

Intel Xe-HPG Arctic Sound and Lancaster Sound, intended for gaming?

Intel Xe-HPG Game

We then move on to products based on Xe-HPGwhich bears the slogan “G” to indicate that they are intended for the “Games“And of these, if we knew from past leaks that they will be the main rivals to the NVIDIA RTX and AMD RX cards. In fact, the Intel Xe-HPG with 512 United States (4,096 shaders) Yes 16 GB of GDDR6 memory leaked in several benchmarks offering performance upper to an NVIDIA RTX-3070.

Even so, we know, the information is to be taken with a grain of salt because these gaming graphics were announced a long time ago and again we have no real unity released and even Intel hasn’t released any official performance data for its part that can help us compare it with the current graphics market.

Intel Arctic Sound-M, excels in AV1 encoding

Intel Arctic Sound Architecture

On the other hand, Intel Arctic Sound-M GPUs are based on Intel DG2 (ACM-G11) silicon with 128 EU (Executing Units) and occupy a slit expansion PCI. These are intended for cloud viewing and scenarios where a large number of simultaneous streams are needed. For example, they are able to handle more than 40 video game streams in the cloud That is 30+ stream to 1080p.

For this you will need to use a PCI-Express connection 4.0×16return to calm passive and requiring an EPS connector of 8 pins. Although we don’t know its performance beyond the slide summarizing its capabilities, Intel Graphics posted a video on its youtube account about a month ago showing a saving of 30% throughput when encoding video to the format AV1 using the capabilities of Arctic Sound-M.

And it is within this last group that Lancaster Sound enter as successor of Arctic Sound-M, perhaps as the next graphic for data centers. We assume that by the name of the architecture and it is that we have Sound of Jupiter like other future graphics card series.

But we can also assume a radical turn events and believe that Lancaster Sound is really an Intel Xe-HPG GPU intended for gaming and implemented inside the monstrous Intel ARC Battlemagewith up to 20,480 FP32 shaders.

VIA: video cardz

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