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

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 15 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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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Intel Officially Launches New 8th Gen Core Processors With AMD Radeon Graphics”

  1. Subhadip Sen

    Funny how Intel never mentions AMD officially. It's all Radeon but never AMD. Anyway, looks great, and of those numbers are even somewhat accurate, it's going to be a better option than GTX 1050 Ti or 1060.

  2. skane2600

    Funny how times change. Back in the day PCs weren't shown at CES because they weren't considered consumer electronics devices. Now CPUs are somehow appropriate to be announced at CES. A bit like announcing new screws at a car show.

  3. wright_is

    But, are they still susceptible to Meltdown and Spectre? ;-)

  4. Martin Pelletier

    Guess that Intel will buy the Radeon division of AMD if this work well. AMD will struggle selling their APU's

    • evox81

      In reply to MartinusV2:

      I don't see that happening, this is more of a stop gap. Considering Intel is planning their own high performance graphics solutions, they'll drop AMD as soon as that's ready to go.

      • shameermulji

        In reply to evox81:

        That's a big IF. Intel hasn't exactly set the GPU world on fire ever since it entered into that space. Even Apple's own GPU efforts with its custom ARM SoCs is better than anything Intel puts out. They may as well buy AMD. They're gonna need all the help they can get.

        • evox81

          In reply to shameermulji:

          I get where you're coming from, but Intel's latest Iris Pro graphics are actually pretty impressive when put in perspective of what they are: integrated graphics on a CPU die sharing system memory.

          Even if they took the Iris Pro technology and put it on its own chip/card, they'd be removing the constraint of having to share die space and allowing for a considerable increase in CU count. Dedicated HBM2 or GDDR5 also improves things. While perhaps not Nvidia Titan-level hardware, they have a pretty good starting point.

          And I ultimately doubt they'd actually use that technology exactly, but from a technical perspective, they seem to have an idea of where to start.

  5. Nicolas De Roo

    Actually, it's a 7th gen Kaby Lake Intel CPU, which is really shameful. If they had put in the extra cores the "real" 8th gen Coffee Lake processors had, these processors would be a lot more interesting. Oh well... Everything to take the spotlight away from Meltdown and Spectre I guess.

  6. wshwe

    These processors along with new AMD discrete graphics will attack Nvidia's low and mid range discrete graphics businesses. I wonder if there will be any laptops that combine these processors with Always Connected capabilities. That would be way cool.

  7. JackPonting

    Thanks for letting know that Intel has launched two different variants of the new Radeon chipset, one for laptops and another for desktop which is more powerful compare to first one. I am using Windows 10 which is best for Intel core i3 and would love to experience new 8th gen core processors with AMD Radeon graphics.


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  8. amandaleon

    Intel introduced two different variants of the new Radeon chipset, one for the laptop and one for the desktop, more powerful than the first dissertation helps . I am using Windows 10 as the best Intel Core i3 and want to experience the new Eighth Generation Core Processor with AMD Radeon graphics.

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