Intel has unveiled the updated versions of its 8th generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which now feature new integrated graphics modules care of none other than Intel’s biggest rival, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
These 8th generation processors will utilize AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M Graphics, taking advantage of its features that focus on delivering high-level performance for gamers, creatives, and fans of virtual reality (VR).
Intel also says that the new central processing units (CPUs) will expand its portfolio because of its optimization for various small PC form factors like ultra-portable notebooks, 2-in-1 laptops, and mini PCs.
With the new chips, Intel is promising up to three times the framerate on lightweight and portable devices compared to similar systems released three years ago.
The small laptops that will house the new processors would also be over 40 percent faster than three-year-old desktop computers when it comes to content creation in apps like Adobe Premiere Pro.
With its partnership with AMD, Intel would be able to deliver the high performance of a gaming PC, coupled with great VR capabilities all within the portable frame of a thin and lightweight notebook.
The new processors will have clock speeds that range from 3.8 gigahertz (GHz) to 4.2 GHz while integrating 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory for the graphics processing units (GPUs). The Radeon graphics will have two versions, the Vega M GH and Vega M GL, both of which appear to be more powerful than AMD’s own Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 graphics designed for laptops.
The collaboration on brand new processors was first announced by Intel and AMD back in November. These new processors are expected to arrive in next-generation laptops from Dell and HP later this year.
The improved processors will also power Intel’s own Next Unit of Computing (NUC) units, which are expected to be the most powerful NUCs the company has ever produced.