The only two GPU manufacturing companies that we know of are AMD and NVIDIA. Though Intel also equips their processors with a GPU. But it’s not as near powerful compared to a discrete GPU. Well its looks like Intel is also joining in on the game. As the company have recently announced their new discrete GPU. Which will be able to drive 4k graphics. But don’t expect it to run AAA game tiles like the Crysis.
Intel recently announced their Visual Compute Accelerator 2 GPU. Where the GPU is mainly focused towards running on servers, rather than being on a PC. With the help of Intel’s new Visual Compute Accelerator 2, servers would be able to stream 4k content. This can include a lot of things ranging from streaming 4k videos to providing a virtual experience.
In terms of specs the Intel Visual Compute Accelerator 2 is equipped with an Iris Pro P580 graphics. Which is also coupled with three Intel Xeon E3-1500 V5 processors. Just like any other GPU the Intel Visual Compute Accelerator 2 also takes advantage of the PCI Express slot present on the motherboard. The new Intel Visual Compute Accelerator 2 sure is an upgrade over its predecessor. Which uses the old Iris Pro P6300 graphics. But compared to the Iris graphics being used on the Intel 7th generation processors. The new Intel Visual Compute Accelerator 2 is years behind.
It would be nice to see a third competitor in the GPU market aside from AMD and NVIDIA. But Intel for now is more focused towards making more powerful processors. Maybe in the future we would be looking upon a processor. That would not only be able to handle the processing part, but the graphic processing part as well. Performing similarly or even better than a discrete GPU.
Upon launch the new Intel Visual Compute Accelerator 2 won’t be available directly to the consumers. Though people who are interested can get it from either server or device makers.