Intel Xe and Intel Xe Max Graphics: What are the Differences and Benefits?

7th December 2020
Intel Iris Xe and Xe Max CPU

What are the differences and benefits of the new Intel Xe and Intel Xe Max graphics? Everything you need to know about Intel’s discrete graphic solution.

When it comes to graphics processors, Intel has been top of the heap for many years. Founded over 50 years ago, they’ve had plenty of time to make their mark on the tech world. Their new discrete graphics processing unit, Intel Iris Xe Max, is no different. But how does it differ from the previous integrated GPU, Intel Xe? 

Here you’ll find some of the key differences in these GPUs and what benefits you can expect from each. If you’re interested in figuring out which one is better for content creation and gaming or to get the most out of your CPU and GPU, keep reading!

Intel Xe

Prior to the new Xe Max was the original Intel Xe graphics GPU. It uses Intel’s Tiger Lake 11th generation Core mobile processor integrated within the laptop rather than having a separate chip.

Thus, it does not have the processing strength that Xe Max has; however, not much differs in the new Xe Max that the original Xe doesn’t offer. If you’re a gamer looking for stellar graphics improvements, you’re just as well keeping your Xe compatible laptop and upgrading when they develop a newer version of the discrete graphics chip focused on improving gameplay graphics. 

Thankfully, Intel Xe is more widely available than the current Xe Max and can be found on plenty of laptops right now, so you have your pick. 

Intel Iris Xe Max

This is the first successful discrete graphics card they’ve developed. While it also uses Intel’s Tiger Lake 11th generation Core mobile processor, Xe Max proves to be beneficial for creators on the go.


Integrated into lightweight laptops and meant for portability, the Intel Iris Xe Max proves more convenient for those who need a lightweight, portable option with the same GPU strength. Currently, the discrete chip will come in three laptops aimed for this purpose; the Acer Swift 3X, the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470, and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1.

Though these are the only ones Intel plans on installing the chip in at the moment, you can expect for them to come out with one for other laptops and even desktops later down the line. This is especially exciting for gamers as you’ll want to look into incorporating this into your CPUs when available. 

Deep Link Technology

One key difference in the Xe Max is that it employs Intel’s deep link technology to produce a dynamic power-sharing duo. The chip remains separate from the CPU, so it has a memory of 4 GB to store and transfer memory between itself and the CPU drive. 

It can route power back and forth between the GPU and CPU processors to combine power for an incredible performance boost. For reference, the clock speed on this processor is increased from 1.35GHz in the original Xe to 1.65GHz in Iris Xe Max.

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Choosing the GPU For You

Choosing the right Intel graphics processing unit for you is about your specific needs. We don’t see much improvement in the graphics quality for gamers, though processing speeds are slightly better. 

Content creators will benefit from deep link technology-enabled dynamic power-sharing, which gives you more leeway in processing times and speeds. Whichever way you decide to go, know that Intel is on top of the GPU game and outperforming top competitors. Offering key elements that are beneficial to any laptop user, both are relevant to consider. 

Take a look at our leasing options on a wide range of devices with Intel GPUs and CPUs, we also offer custom-built PCs for you to create exactly the spec you need. Give our expert team a call on 020 7111 1643 or email For more tips and the latest developments in tech, check out our blog for the most up-to-date information!