Intel Xe DG1 Graphics Card Up to 40% Faster than the Vega GPU on Ryzen 4000 “Renoir” APUs

Tipster @rogame brought attention to some juicy leaked benchmarks for Intel’s upcoming DG1 discrete GPU. The key highlight? An Intel Xe DG1 GPU paired with the Core i5-9600K beats the Ryzen 4000 (APU) integrated graphics by 40 percent. This is both great news for laptop/mobile users and, well something that’s completely to be expected. 

In 3DMark 11, the Ryzen 7 4800U actually came out on top in the overall test by a 15 percent margin. This, however, is likely because of stronger physics scores, which normally indicates better CPU performance. 

It’s very strange in this situation, though: the Core i5-9600K is a desktop CPU, which should easily outperform the (7nm Zen 2 based) Ryzen 4800U in CPU workloads. In graphics tests 2 and 3, however, the DG1 system delivers as much as 40 percent better performance. We believe these numbers more accurately represent DG1’s actual performance, as opposed to the combined figures. Between early drivers and general wonkiness, there is something weird going on with those overall 3DMark 11 scores on DG1.

If DG1 performs up to 40 percent better than the Ryzen 4000 or Renoir’s Vega GPU (which we expect it to do), this will be a great boost for mobile users, as they’d have a graphics option from Intel that’s faster than the GTX 1050 Ti, while allowing for smaller form factor designs.

On the other hand, a 55-75W discrete part performing better than an iGPU shouldn’t exactly be news and doesn’t say much about the efficiency of Intel’s GPU architecture. In any case, more leaks are sure to emerge in the weeks and months to come. They should hopefully paint a clearer picture of DG1 performance. We’ll keep you posted. 


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