After AMD separated its graphics division, Radeon Technology Group achieved its independence from being an AMD-exclusive brand. With that, Radeon got its freedom and has now partnered with Intel, to come up with a chipset with a powerful graphics prowess built right into it.
This new line of processors is aimed at power integrated and compact computer systems. This includes the All-in-ones, ultra-portable notebooks, and NUCs. It’s like having a really powerful GPU inside the processor itself.
The chipset consists of three components. One, there’s the Intel Kaby Lake-G series CPU itself. Then there’s AMD’s graphics processor and a 4GB HBM2 VRAM.
Both the GPU and VRAM are linked via the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB). A technology that was designed specifically for this chipset. The two are then connected to the CPU via an x8 PCIe 3.0 interface. All of which are crammed into a 1.7mm thick chip.
This new Radeon-powered Intel chips will come in different variants. There are the i7-8809G and i7-8709G that both will come with a Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics. While the i7-8706G, i7-8705G, and i5-8305G will be partnered with the less powerful Radeon RX Vega M GL.
And besides having Vega cards, the Intel processors will still be equipped with their own Intel HD Graphics 630.
The first products to come with this new processors will also come directly from Intel. The newly announced NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK will sport the i7-8809G and i7-8705G configurations, respectively.
With that, we can expect these next NUCs to offer powerful VR capabilities in such a small package.