It's long been accepted that Intel integrated graphics were the worst possible situation when buying a laptop. In some cases, it seemed like it could barely keep up with the tasks of Windows, let alone any programs on top of it. For sure, no one has ever associated Intel graphics with gaming, but that might be changing with Intel's new family of video cards called Intel Xe.
The family has a number of models, but when it comes to consumers there are two you will likely encounter. The first is the replacement for the older integrated graphics, which is dubbed Intel Xe LP. This low-powered graphics system will be part of the Gen12 architecture, also known as Tiger Lake. The new system will have up to twice the performance of the previous hardware, meaning that it might actually be able to keep up with higher demand.
On the desktop side of things is the Intel Xe HPG, a graphics card designed for all users - even gamers. Though it might take some work to convince gamers to give Intel a try, the company is confident in its abilities to break into this lucrative and growing market. Gamers will have to wait until 2021 to get their hands on these new products, however.
Not to be outdone, however, details about Nvidia's next generation of hardware leaked this week. Care of Micron, which makes some of the memory for the company, posted about its work on the upcoming RTX 3090. The memory that was leaked to be included could offer up to 21 Gbps, which is incredible speed. With the other improvements to the architecture, we could see a card up to twice the speed of the current RTX 2080ti. This would be a massive card, but could run as high as $2000. That would be quite an investment.
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