Intel Arctic Sound is a rumored dGPU that Intel is working on and while it was first meant for video streaming purposes it has been rumored that there will be a gaming version as well. Now we are getting word that might not be the case after all. If you don’t know what a dGPU is then you can think of it as a second brain for a computer. It helps render graphics so that the CPU does not have to.
Intel Arctic Sound will be the first generation of dGPUs from Intel and this will be followed by Jupiter Sound. An industry insider that works at Intel has told us that while the Intel Arctic Sound graphics are being developed and they have the potential to be used for gaming applications as well, the gaming variant will only come out if it meets the industry standards.
Our source was very hesitant while sharing this information and said that he had very limited knowledge about the technology and wanted to remain anonymous. Having that said, while this is indeed very limited information there is much that we can take into account from it. It has been rumored that Intel Arctic Sound will be coming out around 2020. This is enough time for Nvidia to release their next-generation graphics architecture.
On the other hand, AMD Vega is moving to the 12nm process and we are expecting that AMD Navi will also be available by 2020. These will be the industry standards then. While I do not expect the Intel Arctic Sound graphics solution to be as powerful as the GTX 1180, it is safe to assume that we can expect to see GTX 1050 or RX 560 level performance from Intel Arctic Sound, at least.
We have seen Intel integrate Vega with their CPU architecture and those chips are not as powerful as the RX 560 or the GTX 1050. That is the performance of chips now, keep in mind that we are talking about 2020 where Intel Arctic Sound dGPU could be capable of delivering better performance than these entry-level graphics cards.
Raja Koduri was in charge of the Radeon group before he joined Intel and he had a big hand in the development of AMD Vega. Having that said he has a very good idea regarding what AMD Navi will be capable of. With Intel Arctic Sound under his expertise, we could see this become a mainstream graphics solution that competes with both Intel and AMD. According to Motley Fool’s Ashraf Eassa:
Apparently @Rajaontheedge is redefining Arctic Sound (first Intel dGPU), was originally targeted for video streaming apps in data center, but now being split into two: the video streaming stuff and gaming. Apparently wants to “enter the market with a bang.”
AMD has been trying to compete with Nvidia for a long time now. AMD Vega was a great attempt at doing so and while it a step in the right direction the company did fall short. On the other hand, it did do pretty well in the mid-range market with the RX 480 and later 580. AMD is a much smaller company as compared to Nvidia. A couple of weeks ago Raja did tease something in the works and this might be what he was talking about. The following is what he said:
The engineer in me so badly wants to fix the inaccuracies in the speculations! My desire to fix is exponentially higher when the speculation is more closer to the truth! I have been itching all day long – I know some of you would die to see my tweet drafts:)
Intel is a much bigger company and has much more resources to take on Nvidia. If Intel Arctic Sound is based on the right tech, I do not see why this could not beat both AMD and Nvidia. At the end of the day, this is not official so you need to take this with a grain of salt.
Let us know what you think about Intel Arctic Sound and whether or not this is something that you would be interested in. Would you buy a graphics solution from Intel?