Intel's new NUC includes its 8th-gen processor with dedicated Radeon graphics

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You might think "well, no games for me", but a lack of graphical power can mean a hampering of other things, potentially limited development, virtual reality, mixed reality, and more, and essentially saying that the ultra-thin computer in your life is meant for office productivity and web surfing.

Intel has officially announced its new 8th Gen Core line-up that come equipped with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics. The chips are created to power some of the highest-end gaming and professional laptops that will be shipped this year. With that Intel are proposing gaming performance that will outpace a laptop sporting a discrete GTX 1050 by somewhere around 30 - 40% judging by their 1080p Hitman and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided benchmarks. Furthermore, the Vega M GH have a 100W TDP while the GL variant comes with 65W design. These CPUs will be used in mobile devices and in all-in-one or compact systems like Intel's upcoming 8th Gen NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK. The former is rather budget, ostensibly for entry-level laptops and convertibles, packing two cores and four threads. HP says it's designed for "creative enthusiasts and professional creatives", and has some seriously impressive hardware under the hood to assist with the most heavy of tasks.

"We successfully accomplished the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2017, re-establishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of 10 different product families", said AMD President and CEO Lisa Su.

The processor consists of three parts, the Intel Core Kaby Lake-G series CPU, the AMD GPU and 4GB HBM2 VRAM. "I believe that we will probably see a response from Nvidia, but it will be hard for Nvidia to accomplish the size reductions and efficiency of having everything in one chip like Intel has successfully accomplished".

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According to Forbes, Intel worked with AMD to build a semi-custom GPU, one that helps that significantly helps them reduce the size of the design and power consumption.

AMD CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster shared updates on AMD's process technology roadmaps for both x86 processors and graphics architectures.

The mobile market is an increasingly competitive, lucrative space, but Intel have not historically had to fight their battles on a pricing basis, so it's going to be interesting to see if they can this time around.

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