Intel Launches 8th Gen Core Processors with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics At CES 2018
Intel has launched its 8th generation of Core processors integrated with Radeon Vega graphics. After months of speculations, Intel announced its partnership with AMD in late-December. Dell and HP will be the first in line to launch new laptops using these processors, but, specifics of such laptops will be available once the companies unveil their own laptops. Other OEMs are expected to announce new products using these processors in early-2018.
Aimed at the ever-growing target audience of “gamers,” Intel has also launched a new line of its own compact NUC PCs featuring the new processors. Of the five new CPUs unveiled, two have 100W thermal ratings and are designed for desktop systems, while three have 65W ratings and are made for high-end laptops. Interestingly, all the five CPUs will have Radeon Vega graphics built on the same physical package, while the Intel HD 630 graphics will take over the reins when a less graphics intensive task will be in hands.
The most advanced and powerful processor of the lot is the i7-8809G which was leaked before its official unveiling. It is worth noting that the i7-8809G is fully overclockable. It has a base and boost clocks of 3.1GHz and 4.2GHz respectively. Similar to this is the non-overclockable Core i7-8709G with the same base clock but a marginally lower 4.1GHz boost clock. Both have four CPU cores with Hyper-Threading, and 8MB of cache. Both also feature the Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU which has 24 compute units comprised of 1536 stream processors, running at between 1063MHz and 1190MHz.
Next up are the Intel i7-8705 and i7-8305G processors designed for laptops. While the 8705G has a base and boost clocks of 3.1GH and 4.1GHz with 8MB of cache, the 8305G has a base and boost clocks of 2.8GHz and 3.8GHz with 6MB of cache. Both feature the Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU on package, which has 1280 stream processors clubbed into 20 compute units, running at between 931MHz and 1011MHz.
The last of the lot is the i7-8706G, which is identical to the 8705G but, is the only one out of the fice which supports Intel’s vPro technology for business-class remote management and security features.
As far as the Radeon Vega graphics are concerned, both the variants have up to 4GB of high-speed HBM2 of memory connected via a 1024-bit bus. Both GPUs will be able to support six independent 4K displays through the Radeon GPU and three additional displays through the Intel GPU.