Intel's next-gen Arc Battlemage 'Xe2' discrete GPUs rumored to be on TSMC's 4nm process node

Intel's next-gen Arc Battlemage 'Xe2' desktop GPUs are coming, with a new report disclosing Intel will use TSMC's 4nm node for desktop Battlemage cards.

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Intel's next-generation Arc Battlemage "Xe2" discrete GPUs will reportedly be made on TSMC's newer 4nm process node, according to new leaks.

Intel's next-gen Arc Battlemage 'Xe2' discrete GPUs rumored to be on TSMC's 4nm process node 73

In a new post from DigiTimes, the outlet reports that TSMC's 4nm process node will be used for Intel's upcoming Arc Battlemage "Xe2" discrete GPUs, graphics cards to compete against AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 8000 series "RDNA 4" graphics cards and NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 50 series "Blackwell" graphics cards.

The current-gen Arc Alchemist "Xe" GPUs are made on the 6nm process node at TSMC, so when Intel is promising up to 50% more performance, we should expect some good efficiency out Battlemage "Xe2" GPUs, but they won't be competing with the GeForce RTX 5090 or RTX 5080, or even AMD's new higher-end RDNA 4 GPU offerings.

We've heard rumors of gaming performance that'll hit the spot around the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER, which is fine for the majority of gamers, as not everyone needs (or can afford) the highest-end GeForce RTX series GPU, which will be the Blackwell-based GeForce RTX 5090 later this year.

TSMC says its 4nm process node has an 11% performance improvement over N5, so we should expect even higher gains from going down to 4nm on Arc Battlemage "Xe2" versus 6nm on Arc Alchemist "Xe2". We've recently heard of at least two Arc Battlemage "Xe2" GPUs with the BMG-21 and BMG-31 rumored for later this year.

Intel's next-gen Battlemage "Xe2" gaming GPU rumored features:

  • Up To 50% Performance Increase Versus Alchemist
  • Next-Gen Memory Subsystem & Compression
  • Improved Ray Tracing
  • Micro-Architecture improvements
  • Next-gen ML-based rendering tech
  • Latest DeepLink capabilities
  • Targeting Performance/Enthusiast Gaming
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