The Chinese company Gunnir has started selling a discrete graphics accelerator Iris Xe Max Index V2. This graphics card is based on a full Intel DG1 graphics chip with all active blocks, which was previously only available as part of laptops.
The release of the new Intel Arc Alchemist series graphics cards based on the GPU DG2 will have to wait a little longer. Contrary to the forecasts, their predecessors based on DG1 processors were still able to achieve some success and arouse the interest of customers. Initially, graphics cards based on these GPUs were only available to software developers and system integrators, but over time they nevertheless entered the consumer market as a separate product under the Iris Xe brand.
As part of the DG1 series, Intel has developed two models of graphics cards – Iris Xe and Iris Xe Max. The second was previously only found as part of laptops. It is based on a DG1 graphics chip with 96 execution units (EU). The regular version, previously seen in the desktop segment, has 80 EU in its composition.
The Chinese company Gunnir offers three models of accelerators based on the Intel DG1 GPU:
- Low Profile Gunnir DG1 – costs about $90;
- Gunnir Iris Xe Index V2 – costs about $101;
- Gunnir Iris Xe Max Index V2 – costs around $110.
The Iris Xe Max Index V2 version has 768 shader cores and runs at 1.65 GHz. Despite the higher GPU frequency compared to the regular version of Iris Xe Index V2, the graphics card’s power consumption has not changed and is 25-41 watts.
It is worth remembering that Intel Iris Xe graphics cards do not work on all systems. They are not compatible with any of the AMD platforms and only run on PCs based on Intel Coffee Lake and Comet Lake processors. In addition, these cards are very picky when choosing motherboards – they only work on models with Intel B460, B365 and H310C chipsets. Learn more about the features of testing the Intel Iris Xe DG1 on the AMD platform in our full review of this accelerator from ASUS.