Intel, AMD reveal new CPU wares ahead of CES 2018


It’s time for the biggest tech expo of the year in the form of CES, and Intel and AMD have already shown new processors for desktops, laptops and more.

Intel shed more light on its eighth generation Core chips with AMD Radeon Vega graphics, marking a notable partnership between the CPU rivals.

Intel, AMD’s collaboration


The new chips will feature a quad-core CPU (all packing eight threads) and Radeon Vega RX graphics, as well as 4GB of HBM2 (high bandwidth memory). And all of this will come in a size that makes the range suitable for two-in-one designs and other lightweight devices, Intel claims.

“With this new processor, enthusiast devices are slimmed to under 17 mm and can run up to eight hours on a single charge, while still delivering next-level performance,” read an excerpt from the press release.

So what kind of “next-level performance” are we talking about? Well, the firm says the chips provide a “top of the line experience” for games and VR, for starters.

“Compared with a three-year-old PC with discrete graphics, content creation with Adobe Premier Pro is 42 percent faster,” Intel continues. Of course, it would be weird if it were slower than a three-year-old PC…

In any event, Intel has also claimed an improvement with the top-end i7- 8809G over the i7 7700HQ with GTX1060 Max-Q graphics:

intel amd vega 1060

AMD reveals more mobile Ryzen chips, more


AMD also peeled the curtain back on a variety of its own wares, starting with desktop Ryzen chips that feature integrated Radeon Vega graphics.

The lowest end chip in this category is the Ryzen 3 2200G, packing four cores and four threads, a maximum clock speed of 3.7Ghz, 6MB of L2/L3 cache and 8 graphics compute units. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 2400G chip packs four cores and eight threads, a maximum clock speed of 3.9Ghz, 6MB of L2/L3 cache and 11 compute units.

In the mobile field, AMD also revealed two new entries, in the form of the Ryzen 3 (2200U) and Ryzen 3 Pro (2300U) chips, both packing Vega graphics. The former is rather budget, ostensibly for entry-level laptops and convertibles, packing two cores and four threads. The 2200U also delivers a max clock speed of 3.4Ghz, three (!) graphics compute units and 5MB of L2/L3 cache.

Meanwhile, the Ryzen 3 Pro (2300U) packs four cores and four threads, a 3.4Ghz max clock speed, six graphics compute units and 6MB of L2/L3 cache.



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