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Intel's 8th Gen G-series processors pack RX Vega M graphics

09 January 2018

So basically, these new chips are paving the way for more compact laptops, desktops, and all-in-one PCs that have more graphical grunt than one would expect but don't hoover up power or cough out heat like more traditional dedicated GPUs. The chipset is integrated with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics with Intel HD graphics 630. The fastest of the lot features an Intel Core i7-8890G with four cores clocked at 4.2GHz each.

The NUC8i7HVK comes with Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics and can operate from 1,063MHz to 1,190MHz, which Intel said gives "overclockers the ability to take the system to higher levels". The obvious solution was to team up and build a new kind of chip that incorporates the best from both companies. For starters there's the latest 8th generation Intel Core quad-core processor, which can be partnered with either Radeon RX Vega M or Nvidia GeForce MX 150 graphics. Additionally, the new 8 gen G-series Core processors use Intel's own Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology for creating a rapid yet intelligent bridge between the GPU and HBM2. This is a collaboration between Intel CPU division the graphics division at AMD, something no one really saw coming. The built-in Vega M GPU comes with up to 24 compute units and support for up to six displays.

All the software for the new chip will be managed by Intel with inputs from AMD, which means consumers will reap the benefits of AMD standby's like watt man and XTU and Intel's custom designed software. All the five CPUs will have four cores, eight threads and TDP of 65W and 100W, respectively.

An Intel logo is seen at the company's offices in Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv
An Intel logo is seen at the company's offices in Petah Tikva near Tel

Laptops equipped with this chip can be just 1.7cm thick on the inside without the need of special cooling or Nvidia's Max-Q design architecture.

In the meantime for more details and a hands-on explanation of what you can expect from the new Intel NUC mini PC jump over to the Liliputing website via the link below for more details from Brad Linder who is now at CES 2018. A smaller CPU and GPU footprint will allow for incredibly thin and portable laptops with enough power to comfortably run power-hungry applications, including games and VR. They'll be available on March 18 and will retail for $1370. Notably, the Core i7-87606G is the only processor to support vPro.

"This is a great product that allows Intel and AMD to make a real attempt to compete with Nvidia at the high end", Moorhead wrote in his Forbes blog.

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Intel's 8th Gen G-series processors pack RX Vega M graphics