The union is strength: The Intel Core with Radeon RX Vega M

Intel and AMD were preparing the launch of a new microprocessor, a unique chip that would combine the strengths of both companies and take advantage of the virtues of Intel CPUs with the AMD GPUs.

The result of that alliance is the new family of eighth-generation Intel processors that for the first time integrate AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. The objective is clear: to conquer the market of 2-in-1 convertibles, lightweight laptops and miniPCs with a solution that brings the performance we have with a conventional CPU and a dedicated graphic more than ever.

Uniting the best of both worlds

Obviously that performance can not be compared to a desktop PC or more ambitious gaming laptop, but the new proposal of Intel and AMD poses an interesting alternative for those who do not have so many demands in the field of graphics but do want to enjoy video games and even of virtual reality contents without problems.

This family allows you to combine Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors with 45W TDPs and clock frequencies up to 4.2 GHz (with Turbo Technology 2.0) with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M graphics processor, which feature 24 Compute Units and a clock frequency of 1190 MHz. Added to this GPU is the video memory, provided by the 4 GB of HBM2 memory that allows to obtain bandwidths of up to 205 GB / s.

In Intel also boasts Dynamic Tuning technology, which allows to adjust at all times the consumption of the CPU, GPU and memory HBM2 to optimize the performance of the team and its energy efficiency in various scenarios.

However one of the clear advantages of these designs is the space saved with these designs : as seen in the image the proposal of Intel and AMD allows to offer a solution comparable to current equipment in much smaller space, something very interesting for teams that like the convertibles and the PCs of small format they have important physical limitations.

 Intel Core Radeon RX Vega M
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Specifications: Attentive to TFLOPS

Intel has introduced the first five members of this family: four of them have an Intel Core i7 processor, while the last one is an Intel Core i5 processor. In the two most powerful Core i7 Radeon RX Vega M GH are used, while in the other three versions are offered GL of those dedicated graphics of AMD for these unique developments.

CHARACTERISTIC INTEL CORE i7-8809G INTEL CORE i7-8709G INTEL CORE i7-8706G INTEL CORE i7-8705G INTEL CORE i5-8305G
MAXIMUM CPU FREQUENCY (GHZ) 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 3.8
NATIVE FREQUENCY CPU (GHZ) 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 2.8
NUMBER OF CORES / THREADS OF EXECUTION 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8
NUMBER OF MEMORY CHANNELS 2 2 2 2 2
TYPE OF MEMORY DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400
DEDICATED GRAPHICS Radeon RX Vega M GH Radeon RX Vega M GH Radeon RX Vega M GL Radeon RX Vega M GL Radeon RX Vega M GL
INTEL HD GRAPHICS 630 630 630 630 630
INTEL VPRO Do not Do not Yes Do not Do not
INTEGRATED CPU / GPU OVERCLOCKING / SYSTEM MEMORY Yes Yes Yes Yes Do not
GPU / HBM2 OVERCLOCKING Yes Do not Do not Do not Do not
GPU COMPUTING UNITS 24 24 20 20 20
GPU STREAM PROCESSORS 1536 1536 1280 1280 1280
NATIVE FREQUENCY OF THE GPU (GHZ) 1063 1063 931 931 931
MAXIMUM FREQUENCY OF THE GPU 1190 1190 1011 1011 1011
MEMORY BANDWIDTH (GB / S) 204.8 204.8 179.2 179.2 179.2
MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE IN SIMPLE PRECISION 3.7 TFLOPS 3.7 TFLOPS 2.6 TFLOPS 2.6 TFLOPS 2.6 TFLOPS

In this feature table, the support of vPro technology only stands out in the Core i7-8706G, while the only model in which we can overclocking “everything” (both the CPU and the GPU or the built-in memory, but also of the AMD GPU and its memory HBM2) is the Intel Core i7-8809G, the current “jewel in the crown” of the family.

Read also: Do not even think about buying a Core i9 for gaming equipment

In the last row of the table we find the most striking data, and it is the one that tells us about the gross power that we can expect from these processors in the graphic field. The Radeon RX Vega M GH reach 3.7 TFLOPS in simple precision operations for the 2.6 TFLOPS of the GL variant.

To put us in a position, the Radeon RX 560 for desktops reaches 2.6 TFLOPS, while the Radeon RX 570 offers up to 5 TFLOPS in single precision operations. If you look at the competition, the NVIDIA GTX 1060 reaches 3.8 TFLOPS in simple precision (4.3 with overclocking).

In productivity tasks, in the 3DMark tests and in creative scenarios the benefits compared to the Intel reference equipment (a somewhat “old” Core i7-4720HQ notebook with a GTX 950) the gain is certainly remarkable a priori. We will have to validate that performance, of course, in an upcoming analysis in Engadget.

That makes at least in theory talk about having a gross performance comparable to a GTX 1060 in the two most powerful processors of this family, and a Radeon RX 560 in the other three. Obviously we must confirm these data with tests in real environments, but a priori those specifications are very promising.

These “integrated dedicated graphics” have a design that in addition to being especially contained in consumption (65 W in total in TDP, a really small number for the power they promise) offers the possibility of connecting up to 6 4K screens to a computer based on These processors, and offers Display Port 1.4 connections with support for HDR technology and also HDMI 2.0b connections with HDR10 support.

A for convertibles and small format equipment of the future

The benefits offered by the new family of processors from Intel raises an alternative of course promising for the traditional binomial that Intel and NVIDIA usually offer in convertibles, laptops and small format PCs.

It is there where it seems that Intel wants to steal NVIDIA role with the help of AMD, although we will have to wait for the appearance of equipment from various manufacturers to validate whether the proposal is really interesting or not.

While waiting for that to happen, Intel presented two prototypes taking advantage of its NUC platform. The NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK pose a virtually identical bet except for the processor (a Core i7-8809G in the first case, and an i7-8705G in the second) that in a small format PC offers really striking features. The equipment at the moment has not been put on sale – and it is not confirmed that it does -, but it seems to be more an example for manufacturers than anything else.

At the moment, yes, we do not have precois or availability for the processors of this family, so it is not possible to assess what the impact of these developments will be. Probably they make the price of the equipment based on them is noticeably higher than equipment with “conventional” processors of 8th generation of Intel, but the question, of course, is “how much higher”. This will be another of the factors that will condition – together with its real performance – the future of a family with an approach that is certainly promising.

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