Introduction and SKUs
Rumors have been flying around for a few months that Intel and AMD's Radeon divisions had teamed up to produce a relatively powerful CPU with a fairly powerful GPU integrated onto the same package (a SoC or APU), and Intel confirmed it with a press release about a month ago. Today we are here to tell you more about those SoCs. Intel has also taken things a step further and has introduced multiple variants that are capable of demolishing anything before it in the small form factor realm.
Intel has already launched their U-series (ultra mobile) and S-series (desktop) parts, and now it's time for what lies in between. Between the high-end desktop SKU and the ultra-mobile SKUs is the G-series SKU. The G-series SKUs are developed for thin and light systems with discrete graphics. However, when we say discrete graphics we are talking about an on-package discrete part. The H-series SKUs typically have discrete graphics cards from 3rd party vendors attached to the CPU through a typical PCI-E connection. The new G-series processors are what we are going to be covering today.
The target market for these new 8th Generation G-series SKUs are on-the-go gamers, content creators, and it even includes VR/MR users.
Here we have the official SKUs that are launching. We get the i7-8809G, i7-8709G, i5-8705G, and i5-8305G, which clock in at 4.2/3.1, 4.1/3.1, 4.2/3.2, and 3.8/2.8GHz respectively. All CPUs have four cores and eight threads, but not all of them support the same graphics core. The i7 CPUs get Radeon RX Vega M GH discrete graphics while the Radeon RX Vega M GL is found on the i5s. The GH variant has 24 Compute Units while the GL gets 20 Compute Units. The GH also has a higher clock speed on the GPU core and higher memory bandwidth. GH and GL stand for Graphics High and Graphics Low. The GL SKUs are 65W while the GH SKUs are 100W.
The new badging for the new CPUs don't include AMD anywhere in the naming. Instead, we get the Radeon brand. I will mention that Intel said it will handle the driver updates to the SoC, and that they will work with Radeon to develop them.
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