CES 2018: Intel unveils 'Hades Canyon' NUC VR mini-PC

Intel Corporation is introducing the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics in January 2018. It is packed with features and performance crafted for gamers content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality. (Credit Walden Kirsch

But with Nvidia stealing a march with its graphics processing unit chips, the two firms clearly decided the benefits outweighed competitive concerns.

AMD also peeled the curtain back on a variety of its own wares, starting with desktop Ryzen chips that feature integrated Radeon Vega graphics. The processor has a base clock of 3.1 GHz and a max boost block of 4.1 GHz. The architecture designed for "intense" graphics workload connects both the chip with a single electronic package.

The 8th generation H-series chips also feature Kaby Lake-Refresh KL-R processors which are claimed to take Nvidia's discrete GPU, the Nvidia GTX 1060 head on.

With Intel launching a series of processors with AMD Radeon graphics, we expect the launch of new laptops powered by the new chipsets within the next few months.

Intel has officially announced its new 8th Gen Core line-up that come equipped with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics. Furthermore, the Vega M GH have a 100W TDP while the GL variant comes with 65W design.

The collaboration is created to help Intel and AMD compete with their biggest rival in the world of high-end laptops, which is Nvidia.

Intel and AMD have finally shown us the first product from their partnership which was announced previous year. EMIB acts as a high-speed intelligent information bridge between the GPU and HBM2 and reduces the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of discrete components implemented separately. The new series of processors includes four Core i7 and one Core i5.

Nevertheless, for a 2-in-1 chip to out even keep up with a traditional CPU and GPU setup is impressive. Improved for little frame factors like 2-in-1s, thin and light scratch pad, and smaller than normal PCs, this first-of-its-kind processor could trigger a spate of tiny and lightweight gaming workstations. Well, they're to be plonked in Dell and HP laptops and 2-in-one devices, slated to be revealed at CES.

The chances of the i5 8305G, the HyperThreaded quad-core with 20 Vega CUs, appearing in a sleek sub-$1,000 laptop are pretty remote, but that's exactly where the current GTX 1050-based machines are sitting.

A heavy-hitter in the chip market like Intel throwing its weight behind VR could help add legitimacy to the technology, especially in the enterprise.

"This is a great product that allows Intel and AMD to make a real attempt to compete with Nvidia at the high end", Moorhead wrote in his Forbes blog.

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