As a first, Fractional Games released Amnesia: Rebirth via Steam, the sequel of its Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: The machine for Pigs. But the game is known to list Intel Xe-HPG graphics card as a recommended option, siding it with AMD RX 580 8G and GeForce GTX 680 as an equivalent.
What’s not known about Xe?
Nothing really is known about Xe series GPUs, except that it will support DXR (DirectX Ray Tracing) and use GDDR6. Intel is clearly doing a better job at keeping Xe GPU’s performance ability as a secret. Even the convenient leakers dont have convenient leaks like how they have with AMD and Nvidia. Intel is highly anticipated to be the third competitor in the discrete desktop graphics card business. Though we’re not sure what to expect with Intel this is the CPU maker’s first move, it is exciting nonetheless.
But the listing of this card and its equivalent from Nvidia and AMD Radeon raises more questions than answers.
What in the world??
|Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system||Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system|
|OS||Windows 7 / 8 / 10, 64-bits||Windows 7 / 8 / 10, 64-bits|
|Processor||Core i3 / AMD FX 2.4Ghz||Core i5 / Ryzen 5|
|Memory||4 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Graphics||OpenGL 4.0, Nvidia GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD 5750 / Intel HD 630||OpenGL 4.3, Nvidia GTX 680 / AMD Radeon RX 580 / Intel Xe-HPG|
|Storage||35 GB available space||35 GB available space|
One will be curious to ask: How are the RX 580 8G and GTX 680 listed as an alternative with Intel Xe-HPG? Judging by the specs, this title is not very heavy on most updated gaming PCs. It is hard to make any heads or tails with it since Fractional Games didn’t even bother to mention CPU SKU needed for both minimum and Recommended.
An error seems unlikely because the recommended specification still lists Xe-HPC as one of the recommended graphics cards at the time of writing. What if this is one of Intel’s intended market? Low-cost graphics card with DXR support? Maybe Fractional Games did evaluate with Intel Xe-HPC and therefore listed the option. Who knows! This is nothing more than a hunch. The lack of leaks, in the case, is deafening!