Intel’s first chips with AMD graphics mean new hope for MacBook Pro

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Intel forms an unlikely friendship with AMD.
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CES 2018 bugThe unlikely duo Intel and AMD have delivered a new generation of Core processors with discrete Radeon RX Vega M graphics.

These are the most powerful processors available for laptops, according to Intel, with each unit containing 4GB of dedicated video memory. There’s a good chance you’ll see them in a future MacBook Pro.

Intel processors are considered the holy grail for PC builders. They are more expensive than their rivals, but they offer the best performance. AMD chips have improved – its new Ryzen lineup is impressive – but its expertise lies in graphics.

That’s why an Intel processor with integrated AMD graphics is a dream we never thought would come true. But it just did so in the form of new Core i5 and Core i7 chips unveiled today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Intel forges unlikely friendship with AMD

These eighth generation processors both feature Radeon RX Vega M GPUs with 4 GB of HMB2 video memory. Intel claims they will save space in future laptops while increasing battery life. These are the most powerful laptop chips to date.

You’ll see them packaged in future gaming laptops, as well as high-end professional machines. And given Apple’s penchant for Intel chips and AMD graphics, it’s likely that they will also make their way into future revisions of the MacBook Pro.

Apple already uses Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics in the iMac Pro and AMD FirePro graphics in the iMac Pro. Previously, it also incorporated AMD graphics into the MacBook Pro, but its latest models all have Intel chips with the company’s own Iris Pro graphics.

So this is exciting news for MacBook Pro owners. This will likely mean that significantly powerful upgrades are underway (somewhere).

Intel has yet to confirm when its new Core chips will be available, or which laptops will feature them first. But we’ll likely hear more of that before CES 2018 ends.


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