Back in January, Intel released the DG1 card with no fanfare. The item itself is only available as an add-in card for prebuilt systems. Moreover, the GPU only works using a special motherboard BIOS, which means you can’t swap it into a different desktop PC. A standard for Intel’s first desktop graphics card in over 20 years has appeared. However, the results leave a lot to be desired.
The actual test for Intel will be together with the company’s DG2 graphics card, which is going to launch later this season and target PC gamers. Intel has stated an outside foundry, possibly TSMC will produce the card. The company has already started teasing the eventual unveiling of the GPU with a scavenger hunt. So there is a good chance Intel may announce more details shortly. Nevertheless, someone recently analyzed an Asus-branded DG1 working with the GPU benchmarking tool from Basemark.
The resulting score indicates the Intel graphics card performs just under 2012’s Radeon HD 7850 GPU, based on VideoCardz. The grade specifically measured the DG1’s performance within the Vulkan graphics API, which can be used in games and 3D applications. The Twitter user who initially discovered the grade also noted that the DG1 is pretty comparable to the more recent RX 550, a $79 entry-level graphics card AMD established back in 2017. The card itself only uses 4GB of elderly LDDR4 memory card. Intel also is not marketing the GPU to players, but to mainstream consumers as well as small and medium companies. At the same time, only two sellers have decided to build DG1 GPUs, restricting their accessibility.