Intel’s Radeon Chipset Shows up Ahead of CES

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 7 Comments

Late last year, Intel announced it’s partnership with AMD to build a high-performance processor with discrete graphics to power thinner devices without compromising much of the power that you get on less-portable devices. Just ahead of CES, one of Intel’s websites leaked some new details of what’s expected to be the company’s biggest reveal at CES this year.

The new quad-core processor, Core i7-8809G, comes with AMD’s custom built Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics. The processor will be clocked at 3.1GHz out of the box, but you’ll likely be able to turbo boost it to up to 4.1GHz. Intel has packed 8MB of level 3 cache on the processor, which sits just between 2016’s Kaby Lake processors and last year’s Coffee Lake processors. The i7-8809G is also expected to pack high bandwidth memory (4GB HMB2, running at 800 MHz) that will leverage Intel’s EMIB tech to connect to AMD’s Radeon discrete GPU, allegedly boasting 24 compute units running at 1190MHz. Some of these specs are just rumours for now, so take them with a grain of salt as usual.

Intel’s upcoming high-performance processor does seem to pack a lot of punch for such a thin profile. But as AnandTech notes, the i7-8809G is more of a 7th gen processor due to having only 4 cores and the older branding for Intel’s HD graphics, despite the fact that Intel will be marketing it as an 8th gen processor.

Still, this is likely just the beginning for Intel. Days after announcing its partnership with AMD, AMD’s Chief Architect joined Intel to spearhead the CPU maker’s efforts to build its own high-end discrete GPUs as part of the new Core and Visual Computing Group. Put simply, more such processors–likely built by Intel themselves–will follow in the coming years.

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7 responses to “Intel’s Radeon Chipset Shows up Ahead of CES”

  1. Subhadip Sen

    Minor correction - i7 8809G is just one variant that comes with both Intel HD 630 and Vega M, not either or. It'll use HD 630 for idle / desktop stuff, while switching to Vega M for high performance workloads.

  2. will

    Up next, AMD announces partnership with NVIDIA to embed their CPU and GPU's into a smaller package.

  3. Martin Pelletier

    I find that strange that AMD help Intel. It's a direct competition to their AMD APU CPU+GPU.

  4. Waethorn

    I'm not sure what kind of performance difference you're going to see here, but desktop Vega chips have 64 shader unit cores per CU, same as NVIDIA Pascal architecture. At 24 CU's, you'd get a respectable 1536 shader units. Not too shabby. This assumes that this Intel mobile architecture is the same as the Vega GPU in the Ryzen Mobile 7 chips, which also use 64 shaders per CU, but that remains to be seen. At least it's not some weak part like the GF940 in the original Surface Book.


    In comparison, AMD's own Ryzen Mobile 7 chips with Radeon Vega are listed as having only 8-10 CU's.

  5. sgtaylor5

    On the main page, the small leader text after the title uses the homonym "discreet" instead of the proper term "discrete" for describing the AMD graphics chip.

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