Intel’s desktop graphics card, dubbed the Xe, is still miles away from having an exact launch date. That said, a recent finding on UL’s 3DMark benchmark database seems to point at a card with graphics prowess hovering within the entry-level prerequisite.
The discovery was made by the popular Thailand-based hardware performance seeker, APISAK (@TUM_APISAK), with the benchmark focused on the Fire Strike test. To be clear, APISAK simply mentioned the number 5960 and was initially ambiguous about its context. Then, after some back forth with the popular leakster site, Videocardz, APISAK somewhat came clean and said that it was score in reference to DG1. The GPU architecture that is being used in Xe.
Naturally, because the card isn’t out on the market yet, the benchmark simply lists the card as a Generic VGA, with the memory, core clock and memory bus all lists with the number zero. As for the number APISAK initially posted, that’s obviously the Fire Strike score of the alleged Xe. In comparison with other cards in the market, it’s an average score that is closer to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, which is more or less in the same region.
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) May 30, 2020
The performance metrics are a bit disappointing, especially since the new more recent entry-level are significantly more powerful; the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super on the same Fire Strike test has an average score of 13631. While a Radeon RX 5600 XT has a score of 17181.
Suffice to say, nothing is set in stone at this point in time, meaning that it’s possible that Intel could make further tweaks to the performance of its first discrete GPU. On that note, we’ll just have to adopt a “wait and see” stance until then.