Rumor: Leakers reveal what they claim to be is the first images of AMD and Intel’s new chip
Last week brought us some rather interesting news in the form of a collaboration between longtime rivals AMD and Intel. The two companies are joining forces to create new mobile CPUs with integrated graphics that should result in lighter, more energy efficient, and powerful notebooks. The project isn’t expected to be completed until sometime next year, but we may have already seen an early chip prototype.
Before we go any farther, we should note that these are merely rumors which originated on a Chinese forum known as Chiphell so everything should be taken with a shaker of salt.
The leaked image shows an Intel NUC motherboard complete with hardware from both manufacturers. The GPU die appears to be about the same size as the Polaris 20 used in the Radeon RX 580.
In terms of performance, the size of the graphics chip combined with the HBM2 stack implies that it will provide performance comparable to a mid-range desktop PC. WccfTech’s benchmarks placed it between the GTX 1050ti and GTX 1060.
Aside from the rumors mentioned above, we know that the chip will be based on the 8th generation of Intel’s Core line and will make use of second-generation High Bandwidth Memory. AMD will be providing the graphics chip.
For now, we don’t have too much to go on in terms of speculation regarding price, performance or release date. We know that Intel and AMD are hoping to create more powerful, thinner laptops, but until we have more concrete information it’s difficult to make any firm judgement regarding what this partnership is capable of.
In terms of this particular leak, it could very well be legitimate, but given the source, we would be wary of taking it as gospel. Anyone can create a convincing mock-up so we’ll have to keep an eye on this one and see what happens next.
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