Wednesday January 17, 2018

First Hybrid Intel-AMD Chip Benchmarks Show Vega M Obliterating Intel UHD and MX 150 Graphics

HotHardware has gotten to run some benchmarks on the first Intel-AMD hybrid chip with the Dell XPS 15 convertible. The XPS 15 2-In-1 tested was configured with a Core i7-8705G processor (3.1GHz base, 4.1GHz boost), the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics engine with 4GB of HBM2, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and an ultra-fast NVMe SSD.

Running at 1920x1080 resolution, the XPS 15 2-in-1 was able to maintain an average frame rate of nearly 35 frames per second with High image quality settings dialed in, 29.69 on Very High in the video. Intel's HD 620U could only manage 8 FPS on medium settings, and could not run the game on high as it would run out of frame buffer memory. An 8th generation Core processor paired with an NVIDIA MX 150 GPU was able to put up an average frame rate of around 23 frames per second in the same benchmark at High IQ settings.

It's been almost a year since we first heard the rumors of Intel getting Radeon graphics, and the result seems to be quite impressive. I'm really looking forward to when these get fully into the hands of reviewers so we can see how Intell plus Radeon stacks up not only in performance, but in battery life etc. Thanks to cageymaru for the story.

Needless to say, graphics performance definitely looks promising for these new 8th generation Intel Core processors with AMD graphics. We don't know how long this AMD partnership will last, but the bitter rivals should be commended for likely hitting it out of the park on the first try here.