Intel will be friends with the overclocking community: Chandler confirms Xe DG2 HPG Graphics Cards will allow tweaking settings right from Drivers

Intel Arc Xe DG2 HPG Alchemist Graphics Card
Overclocking at the Driver UI level. Pic credit: Intel

Intel is gradually releasing more information about its upcoming Arc Graphics Cards, codenamed Alchemist. These Xe DG2 HPG GPUs will have overclocking capabilities right within the Driver User Interface, confirmed Roger Chandler (Vice President and General Manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions).

AMD and NVIDIA have long offered both simple and complex ways of overclocking their respective GPUs. Moving ahead, Intel Arc Graphics Cards too will have easy ways to finetune multiple settings to wring out a little more performance.

Intel Arc Graphics Cards will have XeSS with AI/ML SuperSampling for PC of every form-factor?

Intel’s Roger Chandler has offered some extensive details about the upcoming Intel Arc High Performance, gaming-oriented Graphics Cards. These cards will have the Xe DG2 GPU, and nearly every laptop, desktop, ultra-slim, could have a discreet graphics chip.

Intel is focusing more on high-performance graphics architectures for desktops and laptops, confirmed Chandler. He even confirmed that the DG2 GPU, codenamed Alchemist, has its successor, codenamed Battlemage, already under active development.

After Battlemage, Intel will offer Celestial, and Druid GPUs. Intel hasn’t offered much information about these upcoming generations of Intel GPUs. However, these next-gen GPUs from Intel will obviously have better performance, while minimizing the impact on battery life and power consumption.

The Intel Xe DG2 Alchemist GPUs are actually System on a Chip (SoC). This means Intel is layering a lot more on the GPUs, and Graphics Cards.

The company is promising its upcoming GPUs will deliver “the compute efficiency, graphics efficiency, and scalability required for high-performance gaming”. However, what SoC reference means is that Intel’s GPUs will have a combination of high-performance, power-hungry cores, and high-efficiency compute cores for common tasks.

Intel recently confirmed that its Xe DG2 Alchemist Graphics Cards will support XeSS. The platform is akin to NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FSR. With Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence using onboard cores, Intel XeSS is closer to NVIDIA DLSS.

Intel will offer overclocking capabilities for its Xe DG2 HPG Graphics Cards right at the Driver UI level:

NVIDIA and AMD have additional software that Graphics Cards users rely heavily on to tweak the GPUs. Moving ahead, Intel too will offer overclocking capabilities for all its discreet graphics cards.

Incidentally, Intel has confirmed that users can perform certain overclocking tricks right from the Driver UI. The company hasn’t disclosed how a driver page within Windows OS can offer the settings that dedicated applications such as the GeForce Experience offer.

However, Chandler mentioned the controls will be extensive enough to allow enthusiasts to “push the hardware to the limit”. He was presumably hinting at the need for third-party overclocking utilities while using NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards.

Traditionally, the two leading GPU makers have offered limited overclocking abilities. These companies claim the safety of the hardware and extending the card’s service life as primary reasons.

However, Intel seems to be implying the company could offer finer controls over voltages and other key adjustments right within its core software. This could potentially eliminate the need for third-party software for tweaking or overclocking an Intel Arc Xe DG2 HPG Alchemist Graphics Card.

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