Intel has displayed its new collection of 8th-generation Core processors, and these CPUs are particularly notable because they feature discrete graphics technology by AMD. With this rare collaboration between Intel and AMD piqued our interest when it was unveiled last year.
The new core processors are Intel’s first CPU with discrete graphics included in a single package, permitting for incredibly thin and light laptops and PCs that are able to provide impressive gaming performance and 4K media streaming.
This chips also includes a number of other firsts. Intel mentions that they will be the first example of power-sharing across CPU and GPU. The first consumer mobile chips to use HBM2 and the first consumer solution to use Intel EMIB (Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge. It combines several components on to a single package (such as CPU and GPU) and permits for high-speed communication between the two.
Intel says that it lowers the silicon footprint by over 50%, permitting it to use in much thinner and lighter devices. The CPU and GPU are now just 1.7mm thin, and when compared to previous chips, which had discrete chips for CPU, GPU, and memory. The new EMIB takes up far less room on the motherboard.
This indicates that chips are more efficient as well, resulting in less heat generated and longer battery life, and includes new Intel Dynamic Tuning features.
The new processors are all quad-core chips with eight threads, support for two channels of DDR4-2400 memory and Intel and HD 630 graphics.
The company has also informed on the GPUs both the discrete Radeon RX Vega M and the integrated Intel HD 630, as each of the new 8th generation processors contains two graphics subsystems.
Intel also offers benchmark results to display the performance benefits of the new chips. While the users can test chips themselves using their own benchmarks, the ones provided by Intel at least provide some idea of what the new chips will bring.