First joint Intel and AMD chip revealed

Intel's new processors with AMD Vega GPUs are aimed for powerful 2 in 1's

In both dedicated benchmarking tools and demanding games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the Intel-AMD love-child outpaced the more traditional CPU and GPU setup, though it's worth noting that the test favours the new eighth-generation architecture and the Core i7-7700HQ is based on last generation Intel tech so it's perhaps not the fairest comparison.

PCs have always been on the back burner at CES, but ARM-powered laptops could make them the surprise hit of the show this year because of two important features.

It's also Intel's most impressive NUC yet, at least on paper. The Radeon Graphics RX Vega M GH models have 100W TDP rating meanwhile the GL models have a 65W TDP.

The 8th generation H-series chips also feature Kaby Lake-Refresh KL-R processors which are claimed to take Nvidia's discrete GPU, the Nvidia GTX 1060 head on.

"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. And that premium placement means they're going to go into high-spec laptops which demand an equally high price.

At the budget end of the spectrum is the Core i5-8305G. "I believe that we will probably see a response from Nvidia, but it will be hard for Nvidia to accomplish the size reductions and efficiency of having everything in one chip like Intel has successfully accomplished".

Being a convertible PC, you can use it as a normal laptop, or flip the screen round to morph into a stand mode, or use it as a tablet instead.

The lower-end SKU (NUC8i7HNK) drops down to a Core i7-8705G quad-core CPU clocked at 3.1GHz to 4.1GHz and Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics running at 921MHz to 1,011MHz. It will help them to support the fast processing and graphics horsepower. Altogether, in its smart play, Intel has announced five CPUs as part of G-series.

Intel's new Kaby Lake G-series processors were first announced back in November a year ago.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL ships with 20 compute units with 1280 stream processors clocked at 931MHz.

Intel and AMD have finally shown us the first product from their partnership which was announced a year ago. They need to offer manufacturers the potential for decent margins on their machines, while not pricing them higher than laptops sporting genuine discrete graphics cards.

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