HP announces Spectre 15 X360 with Kaby Lake, RX Vega M

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The Vega M GPU is also said to be 40 percent more powerful than Intel's previous integrated graphics effort. This is basically a high-speed highway that allows data to travel quickly over short distances between the GPU, in this case the Radeon RX Vega M, and High Bandwidth Memory or HBM2. The fastest of the lot features an Intel Core i7-8890G with four cores clocked at 4.2GHz each.

Intel also announced its most powerful and VR capable NUC in two variants, the NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK.

That's all very impressive, but they're already being spoken about by Intel as their premium processors, despite the fact they're sporting last-gen Kaby Lake CPU silicon and not the six-core Coffee Lake mobile designs we've been waiting on. The NUC8i7HVK is based on the unlocked version of the new 8th Gen Intel Core processor which is accompanied by the Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics. Interestingly, the Vega M will also include a dedicated 4GB of HBM2; connected what Intel is calling the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology.

As Intel and AMD partnered to bring extreme performance in highly portable configuration, new Intel NUC showcases the same.

Intel has been teasing this processor line since late 2017, but it's finally here. We should note that it's too early to tell what the performance delta between both offerings might be, though. The chipset is directly targeting the existing slim gaming notebooks which use NVIDIA's Max-Q architecture with discrete GTX 1060 GPU.

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Utilizing this new chip series is the updated Intel NUC (formerly code-named Hades Canyon) mini PC.

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.

All five of the Core Radeon processors have four cores with eight threads. The GH models have a TDP of 100W and the GL models have a TDP of 65W. To begin with, the new laptops will be made available in the U.S. via Dell, HP and Lenovo followed by emerging countries such as India. Intel calls the EMIB the heart of the chip unit design, and the company says that it eliminates height impact and greatly reduces manufacturing and design complexities.

"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.