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Intel officially announces Kaby Lake with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

Intel officially announces Kaby Lake with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

The chip maker has also launched the latest and most powerful Intel® NUC created to complement the latest processor.

Thus far, Intel has five processors equipped with the Radeon RX Vega M GPU. It is also capable of powering up a whopping 9 displays at once and comes with 4 cores, 8 threads clocked at 4.1GHz while the GPU has 20 compute units with a base clock of 932MHz and boost clock of 1011MHz.

While this is the first laptop out of the blocks to rock the new Intel and AMD mashup chips, to make things awkward for consumers HP has a version with a Coffee Lake Intel Core i chip and a discrete Nvidia GeForce 150 graphics card.

It's not the first NUC to use an H-series processor, but it is the first to include dedicated graphics.

"Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics", Scott Herkelman, Vice President and General Manager, AMD Radeon Technologies Group, said in a statement.

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The NUC8i7HNK uses the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. Furthermore, the Vega M GH have a 100W TDP while the GL variant comes with 65W design. EMIB acts as a high-speed intelligent information bridge between the GPU and HBM2 and reduces the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of discrete components implemented separately.

Nevertheless, for a 2-in-1 chip to out even keep up with a traditional CPU and GPU setup is impressive. If they really stuck it to Nvidia then there's a chance another unholy alliance, one between AMD and Nvidia, could be forged in the mobile space, cutting Intel out of the loop at the very highest end. They are meant to compete with NVIDIA 1060 Max-Q and 1050 graphics, respectively, and of course, beat them in benchmark scores.

It's time for the biggest tech expo of the year in the form of CES, and Intel and AMD have already shown new processors for desktops, laptops and more. To begin with, the new laptops will be made available in the U.S. via Dell, HP and Lenovo followed by emerging countries such as India.

At the budget end of the spectrum is the Core i5-8305G. Intel says that systems accommodating this new design architecture can be expected in spring this year.

Intel might be receiving a lot of flak lately for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but the chip maker is unfazed and continues moving forward against all odds.