Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2017 15:31 UTC
Intel

Well, this is the kind of news you don't hear every day: Intel and AMD are teaming up to develop a processor that combines an Intel CPU with an AMD GPU. From Intel's press release:

The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD's Radeon Technologies Group* - all in a single processor package.

It’s a prime example of hardware and software innovations intersecting to create something amazing that fills a unique market gap. Helping to deliver on our vision for this new class of product, we worked with the team at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. In close collaboration, we designed a new semi-custom graphics chip, which means this is also a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers.

This is the first partnership between these two sworn rivals in several decades, and that alone makes it quite notable. I didn't really know whether to put this in the Intel or AMD category, but I chose Intel because it appears above AMD in our list (which isn't alphabetical because reasons).

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RE[2]: Not April Fool's?
by The123king on Tue 7th Nov 2017 09:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Not April Fool's?"
The123king
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This doesn't undercut their own CPU products in any way. Ryzen doesn't generally ship with integrated graphics, relying on a dedicated AMD or nVidia GPU for graphics processing. Sure, some of the mobile chips will start shipping with integrated Radeon chips at some point soon.

No, if anything, this increases AMD's market penetration. OEM's have always mainly shipped Intel processors, and in laptops (the most sold PC form factor today) these machines tend to rely on Intel's rather lackluster integrated graphics. By shipping AMD GPU's as the integrated graphics, AMD has a whole new market open to them. Consumers get fast and powerful integrated graphics, OEM's get to ship "reliable" and "proven" Intel chips. Everybody wins.

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RE[3]: Not April Fool's?
by ahferroin7 on Tue 7th Nov 2017 13:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Not April Fool's?"
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2015-10-30

Ryzen doesn't, but APU's do, and AMD is releasing Zen based APU's, not just for mobile, but desktop ones too. Even aside from that though, they still sell lots of one or two generation old APU's (in fact, those are probably some of the best selling x86 CPU's right now, you can play GTA 5 on a one generation old 80 USD APU and get triple digit frame rates from the integrated GPU).

In my opinion, a better assessment would be that it's not going to undercut their own CPU products simply because they're half the cost of equivalent Intel offerings. AMD covers the low cost end-user market far better than Intel, and Intel covers the sickeningly overpriced corporate market much better than AMD.

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