It’s CES this week and the show started with a bang yesterday when Intel announced its latest generation of processors featuring AMD graphics.
Since announcing the partnership in late-2017 we’ve been hungry for details on what a chip from Intel and AMD might look like and we finally have the details.
Team Blue revealed five new Intel Core processors – four new Core i7 processors and one new i5 processor each sporting either Radeon RX Vega M GH (Graphics High) or Radeon RX Vega M GL (Graphics Low).
While the Radeon graphics sport the “M” prefix the i7-8809G is unlocked which might give original equipment manufacturers and users a bit of headroom to squeeze out more performance with overclocking. It’s also worth remembering that technology like NVIDIA’s Max-Q design can give notebook gamers a really great mobile gaming experience.
These graphics processors are said to be comparable with NVIDIA’s GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU though this is based off of Intel promotional material so real world testing might yield different comparisons.
That having been said Intel did show off how the latest slew of processors annihilates a three year old system (i7-4720HQ with NVIDIA GTX 960M) giving gamers almost twice as many frames in games like Rise of the Tomb Raider. Intel even claimed that its chip with Radeon graphics puts out 1.13 times more frames than a NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics paired with an older i7-7700HQ.
The upshot of this is that Intel says these chips are ready for use in virtual and mixed reality applications. That really seems to be the main driving factor here aside from gaming.
Perhaps the most exciting prospect for us is the idea of thin and light notebooks that have the grunt we need to run games at 60 frames per second while we’re on the road.
Both Dell and HP will be releasing 2-in-1 notebooks sporting the new chips and Intel also announced its latest next unit of computing (NUC) box – Hades Canyon – will feature the latest Core chip.
Here’s to a year of gaming notebooks that aren’t going to throw your back out when you take them out of your notebook bag.[Source – Intel]