Intel Axes Kaby Lake-G Processors With AMD

Intel announced today that it had discontinued its Kaby Lake-G processors. The Kaby Lake-G processors arrived in 2017 with much fanfare and a bit of confusion, in large part because the chips used a discrete Radeon RX Vega M graphics processor paired with Intel’s Kaby Lake processing cores, marking a strange collaboration between the two lifelong rivals.

The Intel product change notice is quite succinct:  “Market demand for the products listed in the” Affected Products / Intel Order Codes “table below has shifted to other Intel products. The products identified in this notification will be discontinued and will not be available for additional orders after the “Date of discontinuance order of the last product” (see “Key milestones” above).

Credit: Intel The announcement establishes January 31, 2020, as the last date for orders, and July 31, 2020, as the date of last shipments. are the affected products, which include all models with Radeon RX Vega M GL / GH graphics:

Marketing name Product code
Intel Core i7-8706G FH8067703417418
Intel Core i7 -8705G FH8067703417515
Intel Core i7-8809G FH8067703417615
Intel Core i5-8305G FH8067703417714
Intel Core i7-8709G [1965901219] FH80 [19659012199] FH80 Core i5-8305G FH8067703417715

The idea behind the chips was bold: a seemingly impious collaboration between Intel and AMD that would offer enough graphics power to unlock Nvidia’s mobile GPU offerings, but Kaby Lake G processors never they got the ni Expected vel from OEM support. Beautiful laptops adopted the radical new design, which combined a 14nm Intel Intel processor with a discrete AMD Vega graphics chip in a single package by connecting the two components with a PCIe link.

Kaby Lake-G chips arrived before Intel announced its own expansive Xe Graphics Architecture that will serve both consumer and business markets. Intel says its new graphic architecture will range from basic level mobile devices to the data center, which apparently leaves no room for Kaby Lake-G’s successors.



Some original equipment manufacturers launched cutting-edge products with chips, but successive generations of laptops used Whiskey Lake-U and Coffee Lake-H processors along with Nvidia graphics cards. Asus was one of the last to adopt the chips with his ConceptD 5 laptop.

Warm absorption is not surprising, especially since Intel’s nascent GPU initiative predicted a quick end to Kaby Lake-G chips, probably deterring to OEMs to invest in a dead end platform, although Intel officially maintained that the chips were a multi-generational project. As we described with Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1, these chips required custom cooling solutions, equivalent to extended development periods and investment, for maximum performance.

Intel also used the chips in its NUC series, which we tested on the NUC 8 VR, but then removed the Kaby Lake-G models from its road map.

Intel Processors Core i7-8809G Core i7-8709G Core i7-8706G Core i7-8705G Core i5-8350G
TDP / SDP 100W 100W 65W 65W 65W
Core / Threads 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4 / 8
Base frequency (GHz) 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 2.8
Boost frequency (GHz) 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 3.8
Cache L3 (MB) 8 8 8 8 6
Memory channels Dual channel [19659012] Dual Channel Double Channel Double Channel Double Channel
Memory Speed ​​ DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400 [19659012] DDR4-2400
CPU unlocked, GPU, HBM2 Yes No No No [19659012] No
Discrete graphics Radeon RX Vega M GH Radeon RX Vega M GH Radeon RX Vega M GL Radeon RX Vega M GL Radeon RX Vega M GL [19659038] Intel HD Graphics 630 630 630 630 630
Graphics boost frequency (MHz) up to 1100 up to 1100 up to 1100 up to 1100 up to 1100 [19659040] Intel vPro Technology No No Yes No No

We are not sure if Intel will announce the processors of the G series of the next generation with AMD graphics, but it seems unlikely. We have located Intel for comments and will update as necessary.


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