Intel launches first Core processors with AMD Radeon graphics

Intel - AMD
Intel - AMD

Back in November, AMD and Intel announced an unlikely partnership to produce a chip that combines an Intel Core CPU with AMD's Radeon graphics. Now, at CES 2018, the two companies are taking the wraps off of the first chips to come out of this partnership.

According to Intel, the chips combine its eighth-generation Core processor family with Radeon graphics build on AMD's latest Vega architecture (RX Vega M, to be exact). In addition to the CPU and graphics chip, the package will ship with 4GB of dedicated High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2) using Intel's Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology, which Intel says will help manufacturers save space and, ultimately, make thinner and lighter devices.

In total, Intel says its eighth-generation Core processor with AMD graphics will come in two configurations:

  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M GL Graphics (65W total package power)
  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M GH Graphics (100W total package power), which features an unlocked configuration

CES is also acting as a launchpad for the first devices using these chips. For Intel itself, the firm is launching a new version of its diminutive NUC PC based on the chips. The company also says to expect new 2-in-1 devices from Dell and HP based on the chips as well. And given they're targeting the gaming market with these chips, expect to see more gaming laptops shipping with these on board in the future.

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  • These tech companies are really going at it.
    I've been watching too many futuristic android movies lately. It's giving me ideas.
  • Still a bit blown away that Intel and AMD are teaming up.  If anything, I thought this kind of architecture would have been done between Intel and nvidia due to AMD being a direct competitor.  But maybe it is because AMD has direct research and knowledge in bridging CPU and GPUs together.  All I know is that I'm excited at the prospect of a new surface pro that can handle some heavier games.
  • What's next, cats living with dogs?!?
  • I thought the same, as cool as these are on their own merit, one package containing silicon from Intel and AMD is mind blowing!
  • IRM- Cooling solution?
  • I really would rather see Intel step up their GPU game rather than just giving into competitors.
  • That's what they've been trying to do for years with HD and IRIS graphics, and never were able to come close.  This is the best of both worlds.  I don't see any way that this is worse.    
  • They did but they got nowhere close to discrete graphic performance....sometimes you just have to say what the heck!
  • You can get the power of Vega graphics with the insecurity of Intel! Hard to see a reason to get this over Raven Ridge, if AMD can get its performance anywhere close to high-end Intel mobile stuff.
  • Are these the new cannon lake based or still coffee lake based?