CyberPowerPC has a desktop PC with the first Intel Discrete GPU
CyberPowerPC, a well-known computer maker, surprised gaming enthusiasts with a new desktop preset that can now be found in Best Buy. On the surface, it’s a budget gaming PC like any other, but a closer look at the hardware reveals an unprecedented choice. The system comes with a discrete Intel Iris Xe DG1 graphics card – a GPU most people have never even heard of. This raises questions and might lead people to wonder: are there now three, not two, contenders in the graphics card arena?
The issue can be put to rest almost as soon as it is raised – Intel is currently not well positioned to compete with AMD or Nvidia. However, despite the fact that Intel’s Iris Xe was never meant to end up in a gaming system, CyberPowerPC has always found use. The resulting desk is sold at Best Buy for the low price of $ 750. Aside from the surprising choice of GPUs, the other components are what you would typically find in a budget gaming desktop. CyberPowerPC’s aptly named Gamer Xtreme Gaming Desktop comes with an Intel Core i5-11400F processor, 500GB SSD, 8GB of memory, and a set of gaming peripherals.
The Intel Iris Xe DG1 is certainly the most interesting part of this otherwise cookie-cutter system. Part of this is because it wasn’t originally intended for a consumer release. First, the company sent the map in SDV (Software Development Vehicle) format to developers within its ISV (Independent Software Vendor) community. There were no plans to release this particular card to the public, and Intel has made it clear that the final GPU specifications will be different from the SDV model.
But a few months ago, Asus introduced a dual-fan version of Intel’s Iris Xe DG1. While we don’t know any details about the card found in CyberPowerPC’s desktop, we can only assume that the specs are similar to the Asus version. If true, the card ships with 80 threads, a 1700 MHz clock, and 4 GB of LPDDR4X memory combined with a 128-bit memory bus.
We expect the card to be sufficient for everyday use, but putting it in a gaming system is a brave move. However, the DG1 is likely to be a satisfying option for gamers on a budget who don’t expect stellar performance.
Intel has never tried to get caught between Nvidia and AMD, both established in the discrete graphics market. That could still change – Intel is working on its next discrete GPU, the Intel DG2, designed for gamers. Rumors initially pointed to a release date of 2022 or beyond, but new leaks suggest the DG2 may arrive sooner than expected. If Intel’s plans work, AMD and Nvidia could see competition in the near future.