Intel Announced 8th Gen G-Series Laptop Processors With AMD Vega Graphics & Upto 100W TDP

Intel has a new name for their H-series Laptop Processors & they now call them the G-series. However, there is a reason behind this new renaming policy & that is the new kind of Graphical Horsepower it is packing. So, the new G-series Laptop Processors from Intel now have integrated Graphics from AMD calls the Vega Graphics for Mobile.

Now, there are two configurations of these new G-series Processors. These are,

  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M GL Graphics (65W total package power)
  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M GH Graphics (100W total package power), which features an unlocked configuration

So, maybe it’s better to have a Specification overview for all the new CPUs.

i5-8305Gi7-8705Gi7-8706Gi7-8709Gi7-8809G
Process Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm14 nm14 nm
Number Of Cores44444
Number Of Threads88888
Base Frequency2.8 GHz3.1 GHz3.1 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.1 GHz
Max Frequency3.8 Ghz4.1 GHz4.1 GHz 4.1 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cache Size6 MB8 MB8 MB8 MB8 MB
Max PCIe Lanes88888
TDP65W65W65W100W100W
Memory TypeDDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400
Max Memory Channels22222
Integrated GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630
Integrated Graphics Dynamic Frequency1.00 GHz1.10 GHz1.10 GHz1.10 GHz1.10GHz
Dedicated GraphicsRadeon RX Vega M GLRadeon RX Vega M GLRadeon RX Vega M GLRadeon RX Vega M GHRadeon RX Vega M GH
Dedicated Graphics Base Frequency931 MHz931 MHz931 MHz1.06 GHz1.06 GHz
Dedicated Graphics Max Frequency1.01 GHz1.01 GHz1.01 GHz1.19 GHz1.19 GHz
VRAM4GB HBM24GB HBM24GB HBM24GB HBM24GB HBM2
Compute Units2020202424
Listed Price

 

These new G-series Processors are Graphically much more powerful compared to the 7th Gen Core Processors. The way Intel achieved this is by integrating the CPU, the GPU & HBM2 VRAM in a Single Processor. We have already explained this in detail in one of our previous articles. I’m linking that article below in case you need that.

Intel’s 8th Gen H-series Laptop Core Processors Will Have Inbuilt AMD Radeon Graphics With GDDR5 VRAM !

 

These new CPUs are targeted towards Thin & Light devices for both Gaming & Professional platforms. The High-power CPU with the new Vega GPUs can handle Gaming, Content Creation and even things like Virtual & Mixed Reality.

However, these new G-series CPUs are still using the older Kaby Lake architecture. So, these CPUs belong to Kabylake-G series & if you remember, the 8th Gen U-series is also using the Kabylake Architecture so, those are actually Kabylake-R which means that only the 8th Gen Desktop CPUs are using the Coffelake Architecture as of now. Kinda disappointing cause Coffelake is so much better compared to Kabylake.

Another disappointing Factor is the fabrication Process Technology. So, these G-series Processors came out in 2018 & they are still using the 14nm Process Technology. We were expecting the 10nm Process Technology in early 2018 but that’s just not the case.

So, the main improvements have been done in terms of Graphical Performance. The 100W TDP based i7-8709G & i7-8809G have the Higher-end Vega M GH series Graphics which similar to something like a Max-Q GTX1060 (Thanks to Linus of Linus Tech Tips for this info). That kinda power in a Slim Form Factor is really appreciated. But, I hope Manufacturers have the access to fit in even higher powered NVIDIA GPUs for High-end Gaming Laptops. Otherwise, it would be a huge bottleneck in many situations.

New laptops powered by these new 8th Gen G-series Processors will be unveiled in the CES2018 that is going on right now. To stay updated on that, stay Tuned to our Website, Facebook & Twitter.

Source: Intel (1 | 2)