Intel may reveal its Xe HPG graphics card on March 26, after the company hid a teaser for a Xe HPG scavenger hunt within its GDC 2021 presentation.
As first spotted by VideoCardz, Intel hid a sequence of binary codes within the GDC 2021 video at 42:07. This was then cracked by Wccftech to reveal an IP address of 126.96.36.199, which leads to this website.
When you click on the Xe HPG website, it displays a box that says: "Welcome to the Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt". The scavenger hunt is slated to launch on March 26 at 9 AM PST/ 12 PM ET/4 PM GMT.
How to take part in the Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt
Intel's website also tells participants to "Please come back to enter your secret code."
Currently, it is unknown where this secret code will appear. Intel's CEO Pat Gelsinger is scheduled to host a webcast titled Intel Unleashed: Engineering the Future on March 23, which could include further hidden messages, and possibly a code.
However, the phrasing of 'your secret code' suggests it may be a more individual code rather than one anybody can decode from a video. We'll have to wait until the webcast to find out more.
What is the Intel Xe HPG GPU?
The Intel Xe HPG (which stands for High-Performing Graphics) is Intel's latest push into the GPU market. The Xe HPG was first teased in 2020, with the DG1 variant already available for pre-built PCs. The upcoming GPU - the DG2 - will allegedly be available directly for consumers to purchase.
Intel has remained tight-lipped on the specifics of its upcoming GPU, aside from confirming it will support DDR6 memory. It also released a teaser trailer for the Xe HPG on March 18, although this is light on details.
As for the Xe HPG DG2's specs, Wccftech reported that the GPU may feature 4096 cores, featuring 12GB of VRAM, 512 EUs and a 1800MHz clock speed. This has not been confirmed by Intel, but we'd suspect to find out more on March 26.
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