Back in November, longtime rivals Intel and AMD shocked the computing world when the two companies announced that they’d be teaming up to create laptop chips that combined Intel’s Core line of processors with AMD’s Radeon graphics.
And now at CES 2018, the first fruits of that partnership have been revealed, in the form of a pair of Intel Core i5 and i7 chips powered by discrete AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. Along with the processor and GPU, each unit also has 4GB of HMB2 VRAM onboard, which Intel says should help drastically save space internally for laptops while increasing battery life.
The new chips are part of Intel’s H-series line of eighth-generation chips, designed to be the most powerful processors that the company offers for laptops. In other words, these are the Intel processors that you’ll see in top-of-the-line gaming laptops and professional machines going forward.
Intel says that gaming should run two to three times faster on the new chips compared to a three-year-old system with an Intel Core i7 chip and an Nvidia GTX 950M GPU, which one would hope would be true after three years.
Intel and AMD have yet to actually announce any laptops from any partners that will be getting the new chips, but given that it’s CES, we’ll hopefully hear more sometime this week.
Source: The Verge