Intel has launched what should be the first in its line of Core processors equipped with AMD made Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Interestingly, the Vega M will also include a dedicated 4GB of HBM2; connected what Intel is calling the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology.
The EMIB is a slab of silicon that connects the CPU, GPU, and HBM2 into a single piece; reducing the amount of space the components would otherwise take up. According to Intel, this will allow OEMs to build high performance laptops that are only 17mm in thickness an can run for up to eight hours. The Vega M GPU is also said to be 40 percent more powerful than Intel’s previous integrated graphics effort.
Intel is releasing two lines of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M processors. The GL line will see processor with a TDP of 65W, while the GH line will have a TDP of 100W. The GH processors will also have the unlocked versions for overclocking.
Thus far, Intel has five processors equipped with the Radeon RX Vega M GPU. These are the i7-8809G, i7-8709G, i7-8706G, i7-8705G, and i5-8305G. As the name implies, the Core i7-8809G is the highest end product, with a clock frequency of 3.1GHz (base) and 4.2GHz (boost). It’s also the only one of these processors that has the CPU, GPU, and HBM2 unlocked; possibly making it one of the only unlocked Intel processors without the -HK suffix.
For the most part, the Core i7-8709G, i7-8706G, and the i7-8705G share the same technical specifications. All three have clockspeeds of 3.1GHz (base) and 4.1GHz (boost). The main difference appears to be that the i7-8709G is from the GH line (albeit without being unlocked), while the other two are from the lower powered GL line.
At the budget end of the spectrum is the Core i5-8305G. It features a base clockspeed of 2.8GHz, and a maximum speed of 3.8GHz. Naturally, it’s from the 65W GL line of Intel processors.
All five of the Core Radeon processors have four cores with eight threads.
Intel is saying that there will be new products from HP and Dell featuring the new Core processors. Interestingly, the next premium grade NUC – formerly known as Hades Canyon – will feature the integrated Radeon graphics option.