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Technology Intel discontinues its processors with AMD graphics

21:45  09 october  2019
21:45  09 october  2019 Source:

Intel's 10th-gen CPUs for powerful ultraportables will reach six cores

Intel's 10th-gen CPUs for powerful ultraportables will reach six cores The big selling point with Intel's first 10th-gen Core processors is the company's new 10nm architecture, the result of a long journey towards shrinking down its production process. It's a much more efficient design, which will lead to both power savings and better performance. But the next batch of 10th-gen chips, codenamed "Comet Lake," won't be taking advantage of that new technology. Instead, they're more powerful 14nm chips meant for heavier workloads in thin and light machines. This time around, Intel has finally brought a six-core/12-thread chip into the U-series family, the Core i7-10710U. That processor will feature a base clock of 1.

If you suspected Intel processors with AMD graphics weren't long for this world, you guessed correctly. Intel has discontinued its Core i7 processors based on Kaby Lake-G, explaining to chip buyers that market interest has "shifted to other Intel products." Vendors have until January 31st, 2020 to place orders, and the last shipments should take place by July 31st, 2020. There's no sign of a replacement on the horizon, either.

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The move isn't exactly unexpected. Kaby Lake-G was an "enemy of my enemy is my friend" design meant to counter NVIDIA's laptop graphics by mating an 8th-generation Core processor with an AMD GPU that could outperform Intel's then-current integrated video. Few PC makers saw fit to use it, though, and follow-ups to those systems that did arrive frequently used the Intel/NVIDIA combo.

Dell's XPS 13 now comes with the latest Intel 10th-gen processors

Dell's XPS 13 now comes with the latest Intel 10th-gen processors Intel has unveiled its 10th-gen Core processors for ultraportable laptops, so naturally, there are some new laptop announcements, too. Probably the best known ultraportable is Dell's XPS 13, and that model can now be purchased with Intel's 10th-generation, six-core U-series Core i7 CPUs, Dell announced. While these aren't the 10-nanometer chips you might have been waiting for, Intel has promised overall speed gains in the realm of 16 percent compared to 9th-gen CPUs. The new XPS 13 also packs the Killer AX1650 2x2 Intel WiFi 6 chipset, boosting WiFi speeds by up to three times.

There's less pressure to make strange bedfellows as it is. Intel is planning its own high-performance graphics architecture (Xe), and it'll be available in everything from basic mobile PCs through to dedicated GPUs for desktops and servers. There won't be much point to using AMD GPUs when Intel's in-house hardware should be good enough in the near future. Meanwhile, the Iris Plus graphics in Intel's Ice Lake processors provides pretty adequate 3D performance as well, so the company has some options until Xe arrives.

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Intel works on 10nm desktop processors to close gap with AMD's 7nm CPUs .
Intel denies rumors that it will skip 10nm desktop processors to focus on 7nm designs.From the Ryzen 5 3600 at the bottom of the stack to the Ryzen 9 3900X at the top (at least as far as commercially available options), AMD's CPU offerings with its 7nm architecture are amazing blends of performance and price.  And, that value has let AMD eat up Intel's market share.

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