The recent announcement of Intel and AMD collaboration was a huge surprise (although there were rumors about the move for months). With AMD manufacturing the GPU part of the SoC it is expected for the new generation of “Kaby Lake G” processors to bring a massive improvement in the graphics department. And we now have first benchmarks of the upcoming processors that show how the collaboration could deliver a powerful notebook CPUs giving ultrabook owners lots of graphic power.
The new products pack AMD Radeon discrete graphics chips, allowing for far more power when it comes to gaming. At the moment, there’s info regarding two upcoming CPUs – the Intel Core i7-8705G and Intel Core i7-8809G.
Both should pack discrete GPU chips equipped with 24 CUs (compute units) and 1536 stream processors in total. The difference between the two chips is in base clocks. While the more powerful Core i7-8809G packs a GPU working at 1190 MHz (with a total power of around 3.3 TFLOPs) along with 4-core, 8-thread CPU running at 4.1 GHz (Turbo clock), the lesser of the two, the Core i7-8705G features a 3.1 GHz Turbo clock along with a 1000 MHz for the GPU.
Both processors come with 4GB of powerful HBM2 memory running at 800MHz (Core i7-8809G) and 700MHz (Core i7-8705G).
A couple of benchmarks for the two chips leaked online, with GFXBench showing that the faster of the two has almost fifty percent more computational power than the Core i7-8705G. A huge difference between the two might be explained by faster clocks, with a high chance that Core i7-8809G features a higher TDP rating.
GeekBench benchmark confirms a GPU chip containing 24 compute units, but it also shows a lower graphics clock than the one leaked. The Core i7-8809G managed to reach an OpenCL score of 76,607 points.
Finally, there’s one gaming benchmark. The Core i7-8705G was taken on two benchmark runs (Low preset, 1080p resolution) achieving very different results. On the first take, it reached 3,900 points with an average frame rate of 48.4 frames per second. The second run ended with the processor reaching 4,800 points along with an average framerate of 62,9 FPS.
It seems that lightweight laptops will finally be able to be used for gaming. Users shouldn’t expect max quality and high FPS, but the upcoming notebook CPU lineup from Intel will undoubtedly bring a massive jump in graphics power thanks to the AMD-made GPU chip.
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