I’m sure you’re well aware at Intel’s pathetic attempt to enter the discrete graphic card market….. for the second time with their Gen 12 Arctic Sound “Xe” architecture which will be featured across multiple forms such as the pathetic DG1 and Intel’s integrated graphics from the 11th generation of Core processor onwards.
Their first attempt to enter the graphics card market dubbed “Larrabee” flopped spectacularly considering it was never really a true Graphics Processing Unit. But considering Intel haven’t exactly learned their lesson the last time around they’ve brought on its architectural designer along for a second try with their new Gen 12 architecture with new faces in the form of Raja Koduri and Chris Hook formally of RTG (Radeon Technology Group).
We’ve already gone on in the past regarding the terrible performance of the Intel DG1 GPU based on the Xe-LP design which is essentially the integrated graphics that’s found on Tiger Lake and soon to be Rocket Lake in a discrete formfactor.
With 96 EU’s totaling just 768 cores we’ve already seen the performance of the DG1 on 3DMark’s Fire Strike which provided a graphics score of just 5,960 points which is well below that of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and AMD RX 460, suffice to say the performance of Xe-LP graphics is pitiful to say the least.
The credibility of such shit performance has also been made much stronger as a video has surfaced on Chinese platform Bilibili that depicts performance benchmarks of one of the upcoming Rocket Lake processors.
We’ve previously saw a leaked video on Bilibili showcasing a comparison between the 11900K and the 10900K which more than not favored the previous generation Comet Lake processor when it comes to raw FPS figures in gaming on top of multi-threaded workloads.
But in the case of today the video only contains an upcoming i5-11500 processor which features just 6 cores and 12 threads with a base frequency of 2.7GHz with its Boost clocks unknown, it’s paired with a brand new Z590 motherboard and 32GB of total system memory.
The video while being extremely short shows the little Intel Core i5-11500 running various popular free-to-play titles such as CS:GO and League of Legends along with providing 3DMark Time Spy scores in comparison with a previous generation i5-10400 with its UHD 630 integrated graphics.
The GPU-Z readout on the video showcases literally next to nothing in terms of specifications, probably because the program hasn’t been updated to accurately detect the Xe hardware just yet.
There’s only one solid piece of information we’re actually able to scrape from the short video and that just so happens to be the Time Spy results.
Now it’s pretty well obvious that Rocket Lake processors would generally have the advantage over its Comet Lake predecessor considering it offers ~12% higher single core performance (in synthetics) and both the i5-11500 and i5-10400 offer the same amount of cores and threads even with a higher base frequency.
In the instance of the CPU score there’s a 21.96% increase going from the 10400 to Rocket Lake’s 11500 which is actually damn impressive with both offering a 6/12 configuration.
However we’re comparing the Graphics Scores to judge the performance of the new Gen 12 graphics architecture of which we’re seeing a whopping improvement of 51.94% from the UHD 630 found on the Comet Lake processor compared to Intel’s brand new Iris Xe graphics.
However with a total graphics score of just 1,053 Intel’s Xe graphics is still severely lackluster when comparing against the entire industry.
As once again Intel’s Xe graphics shows to be lackluster as a majority of GeForce GT 1030’s score beyond the 1100 points threshold with many of them reaching 1200 points or above with the average score of the card being 1203 points which is 14.24% more than what’s provided by the Intel iGPU.
It’s a serious uplift compared to the usual trash that Intel’s integrated graphics have been for many years however in the real world Intel’s Iris Xe graphics are just not cut out for applications that aren’t MOBA trash or F2P titles as the video depicts solid enough performance on League of Legends at over 125 frames per second easily and with CS:GO being at over 80 frames per second most of the time with the occasional dip or two down to as low as 50+.
Which is however a far cry from Intel’s own “in-house” performance tests which League of Legends performing at 175 fps at 1080p and with the performance to play CS:GO at 110 fps which is well above what the video shows the 11500 is capable of.
This wouldn’t be the first time Intel’s in-house performance figures are overdramatized compared to retail chips as this has been an ongoing problem primarily with their mobile processors for awhile now.
But from this chart alone we’re able to see that Ryan Shroutstein (because who else would be conducting these “figures”) happens to be generally off by around 25-30 percent judging by the Bilibili video.
However back onto the subject of 3DMark Time Spy, a more fair comparison would be comparing Intel’s Xe graphics against the Vega iGPUs found on AMD’s latest APUs of which an outdated Ryzen 5 3400G with its Radeon RX VEGA 11 graphics nets scores around that of over 1,100 as well with the average score being 1192 which puts it pretty much inline with NVIDIA’s GT 1030 and slightly faster than the Intel Iris Xe.
Meanwhile AMD’s latest Renoir desktop APUs, the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G provides scores further beyond that with graphics scores going anywhere from 1300-1500 on occasion.
Which just goes to show that Intel may have finally increased the performance of their integrated graphics significantly it has taken them far too long in doing so allowing the competition to continue to innovate with frequent increases to performance.
And suffice to say if Intel’s Iris Xe graphics can’t compete with a mere Zen 2 “Renoir” APU what good would they have once AMD starts incorporating RDNA 2 graphics into their APUs.