Moore's Law is Dead has revealed more of Intel's secrets.
Apparently, one of the most exciting things about the Xe line will be at the lower end, where they are much more efficient than the current cards being used by OEM's (and that are available to people trying to build an entry level rig). Here's a quote from the source video used for the article:
"Honestly, from a major OEM perspective, we are desperate for new low-end or entry level cards."
"We don't like ripping our customers off, but we need to use some sub-$200 cards for a lower entry point to be advertised online...and right now that's overpriced GTX 1050 Ti's or ridiculously priced GTX 1660 Ti's."
We have so many people come to the board asking about systems with these low-end cards because that's all that's available for a starter PC, and they are just horrible.
Anywho, apparently lower watt versions for laptops will hit first and then the big cards will be out late 1st quarter to early 2nd quarter.
Sadly, Intel is using the same foundries to make these cards that everyone else is using, so this probably will have a negligible impact on card availability. But maybe not? I guess we'll see.