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

Intel Corporation is introducing the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics in January 2018. It is packed with features and performance crafted for gamers content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality. (Credit Walden Kirsch

Intel Corporation is introducing the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics in January 2018. It is packed with features and performance crafted for gamers content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality. (Credit Walden Kirsch

So basically, these new chips are paving the way for more compact laptops, desktops, and all-in-one PCs that have more graphical grunt than one would expect but don't hoover up power or cough out heat like more traditional dedicated GPUs. The NUC8i7HNK, on the other hand, uses the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics.

The Intel Core i7-8709G is capable of running at a clock speed of 4.1GHz with a base clock frequency of 3.1GHz.

The new NUC will come in two versions: NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK.

The 8th generation H-series chips also feature Kaby Lake-Refresh KL-R processors which are claimed to take Nvidia's discrete GPU, the Nvidia GTX 1060 head on.

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Intel shed more light on its eighth generation Core chips with AMD Radeon Vega graphics, marking a notable partnership between the CPU rivals. Even though the specifications of the Intel Core i7-8706G and Core i7-8705G processors are same, the major change is with the graphics processor, which is AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL. Intel says that the processors are at par with Nvidia's discrete graphics cards for gaming laptops. Further with the eight lanes of PCI Express Gen 3 interconnection between CPU and the GPU, the HBM2 will consume up to 50 percent less power compared to GDDR5 memory chips.

At CES 2018, touted benchmarks show the devices keeping pace with a computer using a Core i7-7700HQ and Nvidia's Max-Q version of its mid-range GeForce 1080 GPU. Packed with features and performance crafted for gamers, content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality, it expands Intel's portfolio thanks to its optimization for small form factors like 2 in 1s, thin and light notebooks, and mini PCs. The Radeon RX Vega M GL, will have 20 CUs, 1280 Stream Processors, 931MHz GPU base and 1011MHz GPU Boost clock and the same 4GB of HMB2, peaking at 2.6 TFLOPs. The units will be available starting this spring. The former is rather budget, ostensibly for entry-level laptops and convertibles, packing two cores and four threads. Altogether, in its smart play, Intel has announced five CPUs as part of G-series.

Intel might be receiving a lot of flak lately for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but the chip maker is unfazed and continues moving forward against all odds. And Krzanich has stated that he wants Intel to become a less risk-averse company this year, so maybe we'll see something special on that front.

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