In an interview yesterday afternoon, Intel’s Tom Petersen gave an interesting glimpse into what could be either a prototype or a new TOP GPU that will have a key feature such as its PCIe power connectors, where he also talked about the frequencies. Is Intel crouched down waiting to pounce on NVIDIA and AMD? Based on this slip with its TOP graphics, it is possible that this new GPU is faster and hotter, but how much?
The interview went as expected, what was not told or presented was any hardware, although very interesting topics were discussed. The slip was just a second and what was shown is that Intel has a GPU in the process of presentation or development, with no less than three power connectors! This changes everything for a simple reason, which we are going to deal with.
Intel’s slip with its TOP graphics, NVIDIA and AMD are attentive
What was shown was what they have called a standard power graphics card. It is not that the graph consumes little energy, the denomination is misleading as such. What Petersen wanted to say refers to the 8 pin connectors normal and used so far on all current graphics cards and not the new ones PCIe 5.0 that come with him ATX 3.0 standard.
What does this mean for the user? Well, this graphics card would not come with the new Battlemage, but would be intended for the newly presented ARC Alchemist and as such, it would be a GPU that would hit the market this year.
In addition and although it is less relevant, a complete PCIe x16 interface was also seen, so it is only an obvious confirmation that Intel is going for the TOP range of GPUs with a more than surprising consumption that could reach up to 450 wattsthe same as the RTX 3090 Ti.
Frequencies will be better than expected
Another important issue is the frequency of these graphics cards. What is presented for the portable versions reflect clocks that at most reach the 1,650MHz, a figure that collided directly with the latest leaks that revealed frequencies above the 2GHzwith the consequent increase in performance that should entail.
To be specific, there is talk of up to 2.2GHz in GPUs that are not limited by consumption and in certain scenarios and games, therefore, if this new TOP graphics card obtains simply the roundest figure (2 GHz) it would be at this point above NVIDIA and on par with AMD.
Likewise, the performance of any GPU cannot yet be empirically assessed, although the first two are already on their way to stores and the first leaked data shows that they will not be slow at all, perhaps they are a step above expectations. Is Intel going as a “dead mosquito” playing the helpless to give NVIDIA and AMD the sorpasso?
It is difficult to answer this question, but what we can say is that it is going strong and is not going to leave any segment of the market for its two rivals, as was being speculated just two months ago.