Intel 8th Gen Processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M Graphics officially announced

The Intel 8th Gen Processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M Graphics have officially been announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES 2018). These are the first CPUs from Intel, which bundle AMD’s on-board graphics.

intel 8th gen CPU with amd radeon rx vega m graphics

The two chip-makers had announced in November 2017, that they would be putting aside their rivalry, and instead be teaming up to combat NVidia’s dominance in the graphics market.

The announcement of the new Intel Core i5 and i7 8th-gen SoCs are the first of these, for 2 in 1s, notebooks, and mini PCs.

The new Kaby Lake CPUs are part of the H-series chipsets, and will be available in 4 variants: i5 8305G and i7 (8705G,  8706G, 8708G, 8709G). All of these quad-core chips have 4GB HBM2 (high-bandwidth memory), and should help the next gen of gaming laptops to perform much faster, and have better battery life. In addition to the Radeon graphics, the chipsets will also have an Intel 630 HD Graphics as a secondary GPU.

According to a benchmark by Intel, the new chipset delivered 9.3 hours of battery life and was three times faster, when compared to a 3 year old laptop which had a Core i7 chip, NVIDIA GTX 950M GPU, and only managed 4.7 hours of battery life.

Intel 8th Gen Processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega Graphics Technical Specifications:

8
th
Gen Intel Core
processor numbers
i7-8809Gi7-8709Gi7-8706Gi7-8705Gi5-8305G
Maximum Processor
Frequency (GHz)
4.24.14.14.13.8
Base Clock Frequency
(GHz)
3.1
3.13.13.12.8
Number of Processor
Cores/Threads
4/84/84/84/84/8
Cache Size (MB)88886
Number of Memory
Channels
22222
Memory TypeDDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400
Fully Unlocked CPU,
GPU and HBM
YesNoNoNoNo
Discrete GraphicsRadeon RX Vega M GHRadeon RX Vega M GHRadeon RX Vega M GHRadeon RX Vega M GHRadeon RX Vega M GH
Intel HD GraphicsIntel 630 HD Graphics Intel 630 HD Graphics Intel 630 HD Graphics Intel 630 HD Graphics Intel 630 HD Graphics
Graphics Dynamic
Frequency (MHz)
Up to 1100Up to 1100Up to 1100Up to 1100Up to 1100
Package TypeBGABGABGABGABGA
Intel vProTechnologyNoNoYesNoNo
ArchitectureVega MVega MVega MVega MVega M
Compute Units2424202020
Stream Processors15361536128012801280
Base GPU Clock1063 MHz1063 MHz931 MHz931 MHz931 MHz
Boost GPU Clock1190 MHz1190 MHz1011 MHz1011 MHz1011 MHz
Memory Bandwidth204.8 GB/s204.8 GB/s179.2 GB/s179.2 GB/s179.2 GB/s
Peak SP PerformanceUp to 3.7 TFLOPSUp to 3.7 TFLOPSUp to 2.6 TFLOPSUp to 2.6 TFLOPSUp to 2.6 TFLOPS
ROPs64 pix/clk64 pix/clk32 pix/clk32 pix/clk32 pix/clk
High Bandwidth Cache4GB HBM24GB HBM24GB HBM24GB HBM24GB HBM2

The processors support dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM, and 8MB cache (with 6MB for the i5).

Ashwin Karthik