Tuan: I know the announcement is mainly focused on laptop solutions, but I have a hunch this will go further, maybe even into desktops. There are a lot of low to mid-range desktop solutions that can benefit from an Intel CPU with high-performance Vega graphics.
Jarred: You mention Vega, so let’s talk specs a little bit, or at least what we can guess from the information released so far. In speaking with AMD about the chip, this is basically in the same product category (from AMD’s perspective) as the chips in the various Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox consoles. Intel will be the one to deliver the full specs, if and when it’s ready to do so. But one thing AMD was quick to point out is that this is a ‘fully custom solution,’ meaning it won’t match up perfectly to existing parts like Vega 10 or Polaris 10.
Here’s what we do know. Intel has to have the chips already—they’re going on sale in a few months, and testing and validation needs to be well underway for that to happen. So despite the inclusion of a 3D rendering of the chips, I would say that the rendering is there to obfuscate specific details rather than because the chips are not yet ready.
Being a rendering means that the chip sizes aren’t necessarily 100 percent accurate, but we still get at least a good idea of how it will work. There’s a single, smaller Intel chip on the right, which would be the CPU. It’s possible Intel has created a custom variant of Coffee Lake or Kaby Lake without any integrated graphics, but I doubt that’s the case—more likely is that it will be fused off on the parts that use the AMD graphics solution.