Twice The Xe, Twice The Fun
Linux Drivers Hide Easter Eggs And GPU Information
Crossfire and SLI may be more or less extinct but Intel has revived dual GPUs with their soon to arrive Xe discrete GPU, at least according to the rumours posted at The Inquirer. The driver suggests that Intel’s Xe will be able to pair with the onboard Iris Plus, a la AMD Hybrid Graphics, or with another Xe or perhaps even the return of the classic NVIDIA Titan Z design with two GPUs on a single PCB. It is unlikely, but possible that the Xe would pair nicely with an NVIDIA or AMD GPU as everyone’s old fabless semiconductor company tried to do back in the day.
This launch is going to be very interesting in a variety of ways, above and beyond Intel’s entrance into a market ruled by NVIDIA, with AMD holding the rest. Keep an eye out as one day we will actually have definitive information to share.
Spotted by the people over at Phoronix, the Linux 5.5 kernel contains graphics driver code from Intel that references multi-GPU systems, with latest being code that looks like it has been designed to handle an Intel integrated GPU alongside a discrete graphics accelerator.
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