“Battlemage” graphics card, is Intel aiming for 4K Full Ray Tracing and Full Option?

“Battlemage” graphics card, is Intel aiming for 4K Full Ray Tracing and Full Option?
“Battlemage” graphics card, is Intel aiming for 4K Full Ray Tracing and Full Option?

Intel intends to continue its offensive in the graphics card segment. The next step will be the launch of solutions based on the Xe2 “Battlemage” graphics architecture.

This architecture is known since we find it with the Core Ultra 200V “Lunar Lake-MX” processors. It gives life to the iGPU. The appointment is therefore made in the hope of conquering new market shares, particularly in the PC and laptop gaming segments.

The offensive will be based on this new “Battlemage” graphics architecture. Intel will also be able to attract the attention of Microsoft and Sony with semi-custom chips for their next-generation consoles. Intel has all the necessary equipment to offer a competitive alternative to AMD’s console SoCs.

Intel wants to continue its offensive on the graphics card market

This strategy is confirmed by the observation of samples of Xe2 “Battlemage” GPUs, codenamed “Churchill Falls,” moving to and from Intel SoC development sites in Bangalore, India, and Shanghai, China. The available documents mention solutions such as Arc “Battlemage” X3 and Arc “Battlemage” X4, each with 448 execution units (EUs) spread across 56 Xe cores.

Assuming that an Xe core includes 128 unified shaders, that would equate to 7,168 unified shaders for this GPU, a whopping hardware increase (+75%) without even factoring in IPC performance improvements and planned new features. Added to that is a 256-bit memory bus, although the VRAM speed remains unknown.

Some believe that with the Arc A770 “Alchemist” solution targeting the 1440p gaming segment, it’s possible that Intel is now targeting 2160p, or 4K, with this new information. Performance improvements are expected to come across everything from Rasterization to Ray-Tracing, not to mention AI and 3D.

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