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Intel enters the discrete graphics market
Intel plans to enter the market of discrete graphics adapters for desktop PCs, according to a source citing representatives of several suppliers of graphics cards with which they are already negotiating. Intel solutions, thus, will have to become direct competitors of AMD ATI Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce products.
Recall that Intel has been a leader in the segment of integrated graphics solutions for a long time. Moreover, until recently, the number of shipments of integrated graphics solutions from Intel exceeded both the sum of shipments of integrated and discrete graphics from NVIDIA and ATI. But either the recent analytical data influenced the position of the microprocessor giant, or the desire to better understand the philosophy of NVIDIA in the field of the general trend towards unification and gradual integration of graphics accelerator functions into the central processor, which is stated in the far-reaching plans of all the mentioned players (Intel, AMD and NVIDIA ), but in the plans for a closer future of the company, the changes turned out to be quite radical.
At the moment, there are no special details and one cannot count on them, at least until the fourth quarter of this year. The source says Intel appears to be planning on a price range of around $ 300, which is in line with the average performance level. In the high-end segment, the cost of motherboards, we recall, reaches $ 800.
To be competitive, Intel solutions will need to provide support for DirectX 10 and large amounts of memory. It is difficult to say whether the company will offer multi-board configurations in the SLI and Crossfire style, however, many mid-to-high-end Intel chipsets already support two PCI Express x16 expansion slots, so this is likely.
According to the source, one (unnamed) graphics card manufacturer has already expressed a desire to use Intel solutions in their products. The rest are still pondering, waiting for additional information. Many believe that Intel’s entry into this market will increase competition with AMD and NVIDIA, which could lead to a new price war, this time in the segment of graphics cards.
Intel itself, following a long tradition of not commenting on products that have not yet been released, remain silent, however, they note that the market for discrete graphics cards is one of the areas of business development that are under the close scrutiny of the company.