Intel's next generation Iris Xe graphics has made a cameo in the SiSoftware Sandra database, a popular system utility and benchmark program. In addition to offering up some potential specifications, the leak is the first time we have seen "Iris" and "Xe" paired together.
This is not shocking, though it was also never a given that Intel would continue to use its Iris branding going forward. That's because Intel is looking to shake things up in the graphics space. Its upcoming Gen 12 Xe graphics will make its debut with the company's mobile Tiger Lake CPUs, and is based on the same underlying architecture that will power the company's first modern discrete GPU, due out sometime this year.
To put those numbers into perspective, the full version of Intel's current Gen 11 graphics features 64 EUs (up from 48 in Gen 9.5) and 512 GPU cores, clocked at up to 1.1GHz.
The benchmark listing is presumed to be the full version of Intel's Gen 12 graphics, otherwise known as Xe LP. This is what will power Intel's mobile, ultra mobile, and entry-level gaming solutions. Intel also has Xe HP (enthusiasts, workstations) and Xe HPC (deep learning, cloud graphics, high performance computing) graphics solutions on tap.
As depicted on Sandra, Intel's Iris Xe graphics sport the same number of GPU cores as Intel's discrete DG1 platform.
We have not been too enamored with what little we have seen with DG1 (Intel demonstrated its performance at CES), though in its current form, DG1 is a toned down Software Development Vehicle (SDV) intended to get developers acquainted with its graphics architecture. Even so, we're not all that optimistic that whatever discrete GPU ships this year will be much of a gaming chip.