With Intel Launch Ready Drivers Out, We Might Be Seeing Discrete Intel GPU Soon

While Intel hasn’t said much about its discrete GPU but it seems that we might soon be seeing an Intel GPU revealed as Intel has rolled out launch ready drivers.

Intel has rolled out its first-ever launch day driver for its GPU and interestingly there is no discrete Intel GPU in the market. The driver in question brings support for improved HDR, Vulkan 1.1 along with graphical fixes for a bunch of games.

Speaking on Intel’s discrete GPUs, recently, Intel revealed a prototype for its discrete GPU at IEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference 2018 in San Francisco.

The prototype was based on 14nm process and featured 1.5 billion transistors, frequency range from 50 MHz at 0.51 volts to 400 MHz at 1.2 volts.

Not only that, Intel has also enabled GPU based threat detection. Intel has worked closely with Microsoft and Cisco to enable anti-virus to use your IGPU to scan for viruses. Microsoft has already integrated the Accelerated Memory Scanning into its Windows Defender.

Furthermore, Intel has also hired former AMD Senior Director, Chris Hook. Hook will be “driving the marketing strategy for visual technologies and upcoming discrete graphics products.”

This will take a huge chunk of threat detection load off the CPU as anti-virus programs use CPU to scan and can cause the performance to drop. The Intel Threat Detection tech has been implemented for 6th, 7th, and 8th gen Intel processors with IGPUs.

Speaking of Intel, the company has discontinued the Kaby Lake-X CPUs just 11 months after they were announced. These processors were specifically designed and marketed to PC enthusiasts but, the market’s response wasn’t very great and the sales were also low and that is Intel has decided to move Intel Kaby Lake-X CPUs to EOL status.

DO you think Intel will be able to compete with Nvidia or AMD in the discrete GPU market? Let us know in the comments.