Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

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

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

The Vega GPU architecture is already in discrete packages for consumer desktops in the form of the RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 graphics cards, but announced at CES 2018 is Radeon Vega Mobile.

AMD's collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for its Radeon GPUs and brings a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics. Dell and HP for that matter will be the first to utilise these processors and bring 2-in-1 laptops with better power efficiency.

The HP ENVY x2 (image below) has optional 4G LTE connectivity and packs a 7th generation Intel CoreTM processor, 12.3-inch diagonal touch WUXGA+ display, 256GB PCIe SSD of storage, a pair of 13- and 5MP cameras, dual Bang & Olufsen speakers, up to 15 hours of battery life (and HP Fast Charge technology delivering 90% juice in 90 minutes), in addition to IR camera with Windows Hello support. With a new slim design they can now fit in devices which are 17mm slim.

Essentially, this allows Intel to create even thinner and lighter devices.

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Targeted at business laptops and "commercial ultra-thin" models as well as workstations, AMD has three new processors which come with integrated Radeon Vega Graphics: the Ryzen 3 Pro 2300U, Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U and the Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U. 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 Radeon GPU offers two RX Vega M configurations: GH (Graphics High) and GL (Graphics Low).

It will take a little while before these new processors make it to actual devices, though. It's important to note that this is total power for both CPU and GPU. Intel also claimed that the G-Series chips outperform the 8th Generation U-Series processors paired with a Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU by about 1.4 times when it comes to gaming. Notably, the Core i7-87606G is the only processor to support vPro.

With Intel launching a series of processors with AMD Radeon graphics, we expect the launch of new laptops powered by the new chipsets within the next few months. The company is targeting the latest chips and the overall solution for gamers, content creators, and virtual reality fans, Webb added. The systems are also 40% faster, thinner, and lighter than systems with current custom discrete graphics. According to a separate press release, it's great for "VR enthusiasts and workload-heavy content creators", and "it will be Intel's smallest premium VR-capable system in the market".

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