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Intel announce a new CPU with AMD graphics and HBM2 memory

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This is rather fun news, Intel have announced a new CPU that will utilize AMD graphics with HBM2 memory.

This new CPU will be part of the 8th Gen Intel Core family, the Core H-series to be exact. It will be primarily aimed at the mobile sector, so your next laptop could be a very interesting device. Intel say this will be the first "mobile PC to use HBM2" which is a pretty big milestone.

The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group* – all in a single processor package.

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A very interesting partnership, which I imagine NVIDIA isn't too pleased about. This could be a huge win for future laptop gaming, if this partnership continues and more mobile chips end up coming out with much better graphics options. Intel's graphics have lagged behind for some time, with them being pretty weak, so a move like this isn't exactly unexpected. It's been rumoured for a while too.

For Linux gamers it's especially interesting, as I would hope Mesa would eventually get good support for it enabling great open-source driver gaming. I've had NVIDIA Optimus in the past and it was pretty messy, so a good Intel chip paired up with AMD graphics sounds rather enticing for a future laptop purchase.

They say to look forward to the first quarter of 2018, as major OEMs seem to have plans to make use of it already. You can find the official post here, which contains more information.

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Eike 6 November 2017 at 4:06 pm UTC
Now this is wild and crazy. Just when AMD attacked them on the CPU front...
sub 6 November 2017 at 4:18 pm UTC
EikeNow this is wild and crazy. Just when AMD attacked them on the CPU front...

Indeed. I wonder what lead them to this deal.
Ofc, this will get AMD some money but waters out the
significant advance when it comes CPU+GPU package domain.
Doesn't look clever to me but I hope they know what they're doing.
GustyGhost 6 November 2017 at 4:18 pm UTC
Hopefully this doesn't mean that Intel have given up on developing their own IGP.
STiAT 6 November 2017 at 4:34 pm UTC
A dream comes true. I hate that all laptops with decent graphics capabilities came with nvidia. I was looking for a model with intel + amd or amd + amd for quite some time, but nothing suited me.

If they make this true, I'll have to get myself a new laptop. Finally.
Brisse 6 November 2017 at 4:34 pm UTC
This is no surprise really. It's been rumoured for quite a while.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

This is basically AMD and Intel taking a stab at Nvidia. I don't think this will compete with traditional APU's. This is more targeted towards competing with mid-range discreet graphics like GTX 1060 and providing that in a much more neat package.
Arehandoro 6 November 2017 at 4:42 pm UTC
Interesting partnership! An linking with my wish in the 5 years of Steam for linux, this could be use for a portable steam machine... xD
Linas 6 November 2017 at 5:07 pm UTC
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So AMD is going to compete with itself? Or drop APU's? I don't get it.
Leopard 6 November 2017 at 5:11 pm UTC
LinasSo AMD is going to compete with itself? Or drop APU's? I don't get it.

No , it is much more selling extra gpu's for Amd and for Intel not bothering to product Iris Pro like gpu's and still existing at laptops with much more embedded graphics power.

This will only hurt Nvidia. No longer Mx150 , 940MX like gpu sellings. Because basically there won't be a need for them anymore.


Last edited by Leopard on 6 November 2017 at 5:13 pm UTC
zimplex1 6 November 2017 at 5:12 pm UTC
AMD has never really been able to compete in the laptop market, and Intel's integrated graphics can only go so far given the die space and lack of patents. This is the perfect solution for both companies, and it has been rumored for years now.
Tiedemann 6 November 2017 at 5:13 pm UTC
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Mhm.. Looks like a prescription drug commercial without the side effect warning

Maybe we get some nice Kodi boxes out of this
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