A few months ago, rumors surfaced stating Intel was going to use AMD’s Vega graphics in one of their CPUs. At first it seemed a bit hard to believe but then Intel and AMD confirmed the existence of the said CPU, leading to speculations of all kinds from the press and the enthusiasts. Now Intel has kicked off the new year by publishing details regarding an i7 processor, know as the 8809G, on their Indian website that has two sets of GPUs. One being the Intel HD Graphics 630 while the other being the Radeon RX Vega MH.
The said CPU is listed as being a quad-core processor with hyperthreading, a base frequency of 3.1 Ghz, 8 MB of L3 cache, a 100W ‘Target’ TDP, and dual channel DDR4-2400 memory. As per some of the media outlets, the 8809G’s core clock will boost to 4.1 GHz, while the GPU will feature 24 CUs (1536 SPs) running at 1190 MHz coupled with 4GB of HBM2, clocked at 800 MHz.
While this hybrid processor follows the Coffee-lake naming scheme, it is most likely a Kabylake part. All the i7 CPU of the Coffeelake family have 6 cores and 12 threads, while this one has only 4 and 8, respectively. Also, the GPU here is named Intel HD 630, while in case of the newer generation Intel chips it’s been renamed to Intel UHD Graphics. Consequently, the cache memory too is reduced pertaining to the lower core count. And lastly, the memory too is limited to dual channel DDR4-2400 like the Kabylake CPUs, while the Coffeelake i7s support DC DDR4-2666 memory.
Another detail that stands out is the TDP. Unlike the other CPUs, this one’s TDP has been listed as “100W Target Package TDP”. Now, usually when the details are murky it means the manufacturers aren’t being fully transparent. This is likely since this CPU will leverage HBM2 memory which should most likely drive the power consumption a bit high. How high? We’ll just have to wait and see. But it definitely won’t be anywhere near as high as AMD’s power hungry Radeon Vega cards. Of course at this point this is mere speculation. We’ll have for wait for more info. CES is being held next week, and there’s a high chance that Intel will have a new bone for the media.
Intel’s official statement earlier was:
” 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.’‘In close collaboration, we designed a new semi-custom graphics chip, which means this is also a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers… Similarly, the power sharing framework is a new connection tailor-made by Intel among the processor, discrete graphics chip and dedicated graphics memory. We’ve added unique software drivers and interfaces to this semi-custom discrete GPU that coordinate information among all three elements of the platform.”