Super Thin Gaming Laptops Are Coming, Thanks To Intel And AMD's Surprising Partnership

Intel and AMD reveal what they've come up with.


Among the biggest surprises in tech news last year was the announcement of a collaboration between Intel and AMD. The two companies announced in November that they had partnered to produce fast integrated graphics solutions for laptops, and at the Consumer Electronics Show, the two revealed what they've come up with.

Intel is launching a new G-series of its Core i chips, which combine Intel's H-series CPUs with a custom version of AMD's Radeon RX Vega GPU. It utilizes Intel's Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) to make this happen and is equipped with 4 GB of dedicated HBM2. Intel says the end result is a chip that "reduces the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of discrete components implemented separately." In effect, what that means is much smaller and more power-efficient devices--laptops in particular--which are capable of more demanding tasks, such as virtual reality.

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Among the devices this will be utilized in is a new Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing), which is pictured in the gallery above. Previously codenamed Hades Canyon, Intel says it offers the company's smallest VR-capable system ever. Two different variations of the NUC will be available. There's the more powerful NUC8i7HVK, which is based an unlocked 8th gen Intel Core processor and Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics. The alternative is the more modest NUC8i7HNK, which still uses an 8th gen processor but utilizes Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics tech.

The chip will also be used in new devices from HP and Dell, as well as an upcoming cloud gaming service being developed by Gamestream and Artesyn. We're still waiting on details regarding that, but as CNET notes, this could mean Intel and AMD compete with Nvidia and its GeForce Now service.

For more, check out a roundup of the coolest gaming accessories and tech at CES 2018.

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