We were waiting for the 8th Generation of H-series Laptop CPUs to arrive from a since Intel announced the U-series. Finally today Intel announced that the 8th Gen H-series CPUs are arriving & they’ll have a huge bump up in the graphics segment compared to their predecessors. Till now Intel used to ship their own Intel HD Graphics in the H-series but, from the 8th Generation they’ll be housing AMD’s Radeon GPUs as their Integrated Graphics Chips.
To achieve this, Intel uses an Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge to put the CPU, the GPU & the GDDR5 type High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) on a vertical bridge that allows them to communicate simultaneously to achieve a much higher Graphical Performance that you’d expect from a System with a discrete GPU.
Intel claims that, the 8th Gen H-series core Processors are the only ones using this architecture right now. They also claim that this shall be sufficient for Content Creation, Playing AAA Titles & even for doing VR stuff. So, surprisingly all the 8th Gen H-series Core Processors should be VR Ready out of the Box. That’s kinda interesting.
Now, using this architecture also makes it possible to use the Processors in thin & light devices like Ultrabooks & 2-in-1’s so, that much power in these devices can give professionals a huge bump up.
Scott Herkelman, the Vice President and General Manager of AMD Radeon Technologies Group said,
“Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics……
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. This new semi-custom GPU puts the performance and capabilities of Radeon graphics into the hands of an expanded set of enthusiasts who want the best visual experience possible.”
Intel also says that, their HBM2 type Graphics Memory uses comparatively less Power & Space compared to a regular GDDR5 system. These semi-custom GPU’s will also be using custom Drivers & Interfaces for coordinating purposes in different platforms. So, overall Intel is trying to do something different here & we hope this becomes a successful attempt as that’ll bring Super Powerful thin & light devices in the Market.
So, this time all the 8th Gen Mobile Processors from both U & H series are approached towards thin & light devices, we’ll be seeing very few thick laptops from now on. Maybe laptops made for gaming with high-end discrete GPUs will be the only comparatively thick laptops but, as the NVIDIA Max-Q Approach will keep evolving & expanding, even thicker gaming laptops may vanish in a couple of years from now. So, I think we are in the transition phase right now and thanks to companies like Intel, NVIDIA & AMD, thick & bulky gaming laptops will soon become history. At least that’s where we are going right now.
[Update: This Series Has Been Unveiled As G-series Instead Of H-series]
Information Source: Intel