Recently, a new trend in the laptop world has emerged, thin laptops with gaming performance. It's getting to the point where you don't have to sacrifice size for performance. We've seen this most recently in Nvidia's Max-Q laptop partners, and now with Intel...and AMD?
Yep, you read that right. As has been rumored for a while now, Intel and AMD have teamed up to produce a new CPU with AMD graphics inside. Fusing the performance of Intel's core series with AMD's GPU technology. Intel claims that this new chip will allow for similar performance as it's discrete GPU competitors, but in a much thinner and efficient footprint.
In theory, this will allow even thinner gaming laptops, without needing to sacrifice performance. In addition to having Radeon graphics on the CPU, it will also carry HBM 2 memory onboard. Now, we wouldn't expect this to have equivalent performance to say, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti but if you're just a casual mobile gamer who doesn't need the highest end GPU, this could be huge news.
In a press release, Intel said the following: "The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD's Radeon Technologies Group – all in a single processor package."
We should start seeing this tech as early as next year. Stay tuned for more details. Let us know what you think of this unlikely couple in the comments below!