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Intel officially announces Kaby Lake with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

by on08 January 2018

The infamous Intel G-series 8th gen Core CPUs

One of the biggest surprises we have seen in recent history puts Intel's CPU next to AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU on the same multi-chip package, and it has now been officially announced as the "Intel 8th Generation Core with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics".

The lineup includes a total of five different SKUs, four Core i7 and one Core i5 part, separated into two product groups, the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 65W total package power and the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics with 100W total package power and overclocking features.

All five SKUs use the same quad-core Kaby Lake CPU with Hyper-Threading and Intel HD 630 graphics connected to a Radeon GPU with HBM2 memory via PCIe Gen3 x8 interface, leaving the rest of the PCIe lanes for other connectivity options. Intel was also quite keen to note that it managed to significantly reduce the silicon footprint by over 50 percent and keep the CPU and GPU z-height at 1.7mm, mostly thanks to its EMIB (Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge) technology.

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The entire lineup uses the BGA package type and ought to bring some impressive performance to future notebooks. Intel claims that these chips will offer a 3x boost in FPS in devices as thin as 17mm. These will also end up mostly in SFFs like the 2-in-1s, thin and light notebooks, and mini PCs, like the newly announced Intel Hades Canyon NUC.

As you can see from the table below, the Core i7-8809G and the Core i7-8709G, which are 100W parts, will come with Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics while the Core i7-8706G, Core i7-8705G, and the Core i5-8305 will pack Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. Four of the Core i7 parts have 8MB of cache, work at a 3.1GHz base clock and 4.1GHz maximum Turbo CPU clock (4.2GHz for the unlocked Core i7-8809G) and support DDR4-2400 memory in dual-channel configuration.

The Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics packs 24 Compute Units (CUs) for a total of 1536 Stream Processors and 64 ROPs, base GPU clock of 1063MHz, a GPU Boost clock of 1190MHz and 4GB of HMB2, offering up to 3.7TFLOPs of compute performance. The Radeon RX Vega M GL will have 20 CUs, 1280 Stream Processors, a 931MHz GPU base and 1011MHz GPU Boost clock and the same 4GB of HMB2, peaking at 2.6 TFLOPs.

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The Core i7-8809G is the highest offering in the lineup and this is an "unlocked" part which will offer overclocking for the CPU, both GPUs, and HBM, so it will be interesting to see how far it can be pushed.

Intel has also released some of its internal benchmarks which shows some impressive results in both productivity and gaming benchmarks and applications, at least compared to a three year old notebook and desktop.

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There will probably be plenty of 2-in-1s, thin and light, and other notebooks and SFFs announced with new Intel 8th Generation Core with Radeon RX Vega chips, but officially, Intel is teaming up with HP, which has already announced its Spectre x360 15 with Core i7-8705G, Dell, which should show something tomorrow, and its own Hades Canyon NUC, coming with Core i7-8809G or Core i7-8705G, depending on the SKU.


Last modified on 08 January 2018
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