Intel Officially Launches New 8th Gen Core Processors With AMD Radeon Graphics

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 14 Comments

Just days before CES, Intel had mistakenly leaked details of its upcoming Radeon chipset. The company previously announced its partnership with AMD to build these new processors powered by AMD graphics, but today at CES the chip maker officially launched the new processors, detailing all the key aspects of its latest 8th gen Core processors.

Intel and AMD’s new 8th gen Core processors are part of the H series, and they are meant to offer increased performance without compromising the thin profile of modern ultrabooks. The processors are essentially an integrated solution that uses Intel’s new EMIB tech to connect Radeon RX Vega M graphics to the actual Core i5/i7 processor, resulting in a 50% smaller silicon footprint and significantly improved performance. The new chipset uses 4GB of high bandwidth memory or HMB2, which is far more efficient than the usual GDDR5.

Intel is launching two different variants of the new Radeon chipset, one meant for laptops while the other is for slightly more powerful desktops. The first is the 8th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics and 65W total package power, and the latter is the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics and 100W total package power.

The GH variant has 24 compute units and can be clocked up to 4.2GHz, while the GL variant packs 20 compute units and can be clocked up to 4.1GHz for the i7 model and 3.8GHz for the i5. All of these chips are quad-core processors and they still feature Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 630 which makes the chipsets capable of powering 9 desktops combined with the power from AMD’s Radeon graphics.

All of that means we will soon start seeing more and more powerful, thin devices in the coming months. Intel says devices powered by the new chips are three times faster, thinner, and lighter than “similar systems” from…three years ago. The systems are also 40% faster, thinner, and lighter than systems with current custom discrete graphics.

It will take a little while before these new processors make it to actual devices, though. Dell and HP are, however, expected to be one of the first companies to come out with devices powered by the new chips, so we will make sure to keep an eye out for those throughout this CES.

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