In a move that seemingly appears to gain an edge over rival Nvidia, Intel and AMD have officially joined hands to create high-end chips for PC enthusiasts as well as gamers. Both companies have announced that Intel’s 8th Gen Core processors will get integrated with custom graphics chip from AMD Radeon Technologies.
“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”, explained Christopher Walker, vice president of Intel’s Client Computing Group and general manager of the Mobile Client Platform in a blog post.
The whole idea behind integrating Intel chips with AMD GPU’s is to give the CPU as well as the GPU the required power to run games and other demanding applications without having a separate GPU slot in a PC. Now, this essentially reduces the overall silicon footprint to almost a half compared to a standard CPU/GPU bundle, thereby reducing costs and saving on space.
Walker further notes that the chip will be Intel’s first consumer product to support its Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology. He explains that a small bridge allows silicon to quickly exchange information when in extremely close range which reduces height impact, thereby minimizing manufacturing and design hassles. Put simply, Intel and AMD’s CPU/GPU bundle will allow manufacturers to create thinner, lighter, and more powerful laptops, 2 in 1s, as well as mini desktops.
“Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics,” Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager of AMD Radeon Technologies Group, wrote in the post. “Together we are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner-and-lighter PC capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications.”
As already mentioned, the partnership comes across a bit surprising as Intel and AMD have long been rivals themselves. The move is likely an attempt to gain an advantage over Nvidia, who reportedly commands nearly 80 percent market share for standalone graphics cards.