Intel’s discrete GPU roadmap for the next two years has surfaced, courtesy of RedGamingTech. What started with a wobbly 1st Gen Alchemist launch will be followed by a refresh, codenamed Alchemist+ in Q3 2023, and 2nd Gen Battlemage in early 2024. The former will consist of two dies, G20 and G21, set to release in the third and fourth quarter of this year.
Battlemage will follow up Alchemist+ in the first half of 2024. It’ll be the first Arc lineup to feature true enthusiast-grade 4K graphics cards with big AD102/Navi 31-grade dies and wider buses and cache layers. The BGM-G10 will be the top-end die with GeForce RTX 4080-level gaming performance and similar TBP with an early Q2 2024 launch. The lower-end BGM-G21 core will succeed Alchemist/Alchemist+ in the latter half of the second quarter.
Late last year, Intel merged its Accelerated Computing and Graphics Group (AXG) with its CPU businesses. Raja’s team has been split into two parts. The discrete GPU IP aimed at gamers is now part of the Client Computing Group (CCG), while the GPGPU segment responsible for Ponte Vecchio has been merged with the Data Center business. Koduri, on the other hand, has been promoted to the post of Chief Architect of the entire portfolio, managing both the CPU and GPU designs.
On the bright side, Intel has assured its fans that its graphics roadmap is unchanged. The 2nd and 3rd Gen Arc lineups, codenamed Battlemade and Celestial, will remain in development and release in 2023 and 2024, respectively.