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Intel Tiger Lake with Xe graphics is capable of running Battlefield 5 at 30 FPS

by Vyncent ChanJune 18, 2020
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Intel has invested quite a bit in their GPU division, even pulling AMD’s Raja Koduri to work on their Intel Xe graphics solution. The first Intel processors to sport the Intel Xe graphics architecture will be the Tiger Lake family, and it seems to be a pretty promising GPU architecture, allowing for some real gaming, as Ryan Shrout, Intel’s chief performance strategist, has revealed on Twitter.

A pretty sleek looking laptop is shown running Battlefield 5 at 1080p with the High graphics preset, and it maintains a pretty solid 30 FPS, even going above it in spikes. That does look quite optimistic for Intel’s graphics endeavor, and considering that the device it is in is rather slim, it shouldn’t sport that high of a TDP. The drivers and software are also not finalized yet, so the final performance figures might improve as Intel optimizes their drivers to squeeze more performance out of the hardware.

Shrout also showed off the laptop’s side profile, which reveals a hinge design not unlike the ASUS ErgoLift mechanism, which raises the laptop off the table when open. Of course, this being an Intel test system, it does not sport any branding, so we have no idea which partner helped them design it. It sports two Thunderbolt ports, which might be of the Thunderbolt 4 variety. The high-speed connectivity option will debut with Tiger Lake too.

Intel looks set on reclaiming lost ground with Tiger Lake. With such a powerful GPU, they might be able to give AMD some competition. AMD’s APUs have always had the advantage of featuring better GPUs than their Intel counterparts, so hopefully Intel will be able to level the playing field a little with Tiger Lake.

Intel Sunny Cove roadmap

In addition to the Intel Xe graphics architecture, Tiger Lake will also sport the Willow Cove core architecture, which is the next generation after Ice Lake’s Sunny Cove architecture. Intel is expected to redesign the cache structure with Willow Cove, in addition to adding hardware-based security features and other optimizations.

Tiger Lake is set to launch later this year based on the 10nm++ process, so stay tuned for the next-gen laptops popping up soon!

Pokdepinion: I am glad that Intel is not taking their beating lying down!

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.