The multi-GPU world is entirely foreign to Intel. It is the room where both AMD and NVIDIA struggled to provide the selected few consumers who own XFX or SLI devices with extensive assistance. It has reached the point that less than a couple of the top-end GPUs support the technology in the event of the latter. In order to enhance efficiency, NVIDIA has attempted many fresh stuff from the HB SLI bridge to integrate NVLink into its GeForce products, but to be frank, it was more or less pointless. With DirectX12, it’s up to developers to support multi-GPU setups, but because of the complexity of the assignment, only a few big AAA studios will even try to do that. Now, with Xe, Intel will also attempt to tackle the headache of multi-GPU assistance, and it seems that work has already began in that direction.

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It’s not precisely how Intel will implement the technology but, in relation to the traditional identical GPU pairing, it’s in the distinctive place to pair integrated graphics with separate graphics processors.

Going through the Linux repository, it seems that for the first few generations of Xe, Intel will continue to leverage the i915 Direct Rendering Manager Driver. The driver has seen huge improvements over the previous year, with the recent assistance being multi-GPU. The i915 driver will manage both embedded and separate GPUs, paving the way to combine the two platforms to increase the efficiency of graphics.

Considering that SLI and XFX are proprietary NVIDIA and AMD solutions respectively, pursuing either will not create sense for Intel. We predict instead that Raja Koduri will concentrate on the explicit and implicit multi-GPU element of DirectX12 as well as the equivalents of Vulkan. There’s still nearly a year left until the dedicated graphics cards from Intel arrive, so in the coming months we’ll see a ton of more data on that. And we’re not going to have to depend on leaks and rumors at the rate Intel has been advertising its “Odyssey.” Expect Raja to share his own little cult’s goals and goals very quickly.

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