Intel Xe-HP and Xe-HPC are both targeted for data centers.
Intel Xe-HP likely not for gamers
In a series of tweets, Raja Koduri confirmed that the picture Intel Graphics Twitter account shared 2 days ago is not aimed at gamers. Koduri retweeted a story from TweakTown, where Anthony Garreffa speculated that the processor could compete in high-end gaming graphics space. Apparently this is not the case, because the GPU has been confirmed to be designed for datacenters.
Both XE-HPC based Ponte Vecchio (detailed at SC’19) and XE-HP based chip images shared recently are data center targeted GPUs. We need incredible computing solution range from edge to cloud to keep up with the data we are generating in real-time.
Understand gamers are all excited when they hear about new GPUs. We are very passionate about continuing to improve the experiences of hundreds of millions of PC gamers. As we shared at CES, our next generation PC products will move things forward for many.
Our current focus is very much around unsolved user problems in PC Graphics – particularly in integrated graphics and segments immediately above that reach 100’s of millions of gamers every year.
What this means is that the picture shared by Intel is not featuring a gamer-oriented graphics processor. It is unlikely that will we see Xe-HP in the gaming space. Intel is more than likely focusing on delivering exascale/datacenter GPUs first. In fact, Intel has only confirmed that Xe DG1 (based on Xe-LP) will land in gaming systems.
At this time it is unclear if Intel will reuse the same GPUs for workstations and gaming systems, just as AMD and NVIDIA do with their Radeon Pro/Radeon RX and Quadro/GeForce series respectively. It is also unclear how many GPUs Intel is currently working on. This could be just one of the variants of the Xe-HP.
Source: Raja Koduri (Twitter)