Over the past few months, Intel has rolled out its latest Core processors on both mobile and desktop PCs. But there was one piece missing: Discrete graphics. And this week, Intel is addressing that need.
“We recognized an opportunity: thinner, lighter, more powerful enthusiast mobile platforms that deliver a premium experience,” Intel’s Christopher Walker explains.
That is, until now, you’ve basically had to make a choice when it came to portable PCs. You could go thin and light using the Intel Core U-series processors. Or you could choose performance with the Intel H-series processors and a dGPU. Those latter systems tended to be much thicker and bulkier than their U-series counterparts.
So this new initiative, which is yet another part of what Intel is calling its 8th generation Core processor family, combines a high-performance H-series Core processor with second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom AMD Radeon discrete graphics chip, all in a single processor package.
The result should be portable PCs that are both thin and light and powerful.
But the real story here, of course, is Intel’s collaboration with AMD, one of its biggest CPU competitors. Is Intel really working with its competition?
Yes. Yes, they are.
“We worked with the team at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group,” Walker writes. “In close collaboration, we designed a new semi-custom graphics chip, which means this is also a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers.”
“Together we are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner-and-lighter PC capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications,” AMD president Scott Herkelman adds. “This new semi-custom GPU puts the performance and capabilities of Radeon graphics into the hands of an expanded set of enthusiasts who want the best visual experience possible.”
New PCs that use this chipset will arrive from major PC makers in early 2018, Intel says. So we can expect CES launches, I bet.