Intel announced its partnership with rival AMD to launch new chipsets with integrated Radeon graphics in November last year. Today the company has launched the 8th generation Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics. The processor will power the mainstream devices that are currently using the company’s mobile core chipsets. These include thin and light notebooks and mini PCs.
Intel and AMD have been fierce rivals for decades and their joining hands to launch a new set of processors will lead to a new segment of consumer computing devices. Intel integrating AMD’s Radeon graphics into its chipset could be the result of company’s new hire Raja Koduri, who previously headed Radeon graphics team at AMD. The two competitors joining hands should be a win for consumers at the end.
Intel says its 8th gen Core processors with AMD Radeon Graphics will serve as a bridge between the existing U series mobile chipset and yet to release H series performance chipset. The new series, termed as G-series, will be available in Intel Core i5 and i7 models with Radeon RX Vega graphics chipset. Overall, Intel has announced five CPUs as part of G-series. All five CPUs will have four cores, eight threads and TDP of 65W and 100W, respectively.
Intel is claiming that its Core i7-8809G chipset with integrated Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU performs better than NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q in terms of graphics benchmark. The semiconductor giant claims it achieved performance by vertically stacking 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory Generation 2 as opposed to the GDDR5 memory laid out in a single layer on traditional GPU. Intel is also highlighting the Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge or EMIB that connects the CPU, GPU and HBM2 together. Due to the EMIB structure, Intel managed to save space by reducing the silicon footprint compared to a device with discrete GPU.
Intel says new devices powered by its G-series CPU will be under 17mm in thickness and deliver up to eight hours of battery life on a single charge. The chipset is aimed directly at existing set of slim gaming notebooks that use NVIDIA’s Max-Q architecture with discrete GTX 1060 GPU. The launch of G-series CPU shows Intel’s renewed push into gaming segment where it lags behind NVIDIA and AMD. While it is integrating Radeon graphics with its 8th generation CPU, Intel notes that graphics drivers will be delivered by Intel and not AMD. It also confirms that all new games will get Day Zero game support like NVIDIA and AMD.
The first set of notebooks powered by Intel’s G-series CPU are expected to launch in the second quarter of 2018. PC makers migrating to 8th generation CPU will probably wait out until Computex to show off new devices. At pre-CES briefing, Intel also showed two new NUCs – NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK – based on the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics.
The NUC8i7HVK is based on the unlocked Core i7 model with support for overclocking and Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics while the NUC8i7HNK is using Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. Intel says these new NUCs are the most compact gaming devices yet and its partners will have their own products this year.