[CES 2018] When it comes to gaming on laptops, typically if you’re hoping for a somewhat smooth and reliable experience, having a discrete GPU helps. Over the years Intel has made some progress with its own HD graphics integrated GPU, but like we said, a discrete GPU is always a better choice if you’re looking for a better experience.
However if you’d rather not spend too much money on a gaming laptop, not to worry because Intel and AMD have you covered. At CES 2018, Intel has unveiled their new 8th-gen Intel Core processors that feature AMD’s Radeon Vega M graphics. What this means is that this combined solution will allow laptop makers to create laptops that don’t need a separate GPU which could result in thinner laptops that don’t necessarily sacrifice their performance.
This announcement doesn’t come as a complete surprise as Intel and AMD have both confirmed that they were working on something back in November last year. According to Intel, the new processors will allow for better performance, up to three times the frame rates compared to similar systems from three years ago, and up to 40% compared to current discrete GPUs.
So if you’re still trying to weigh between choosing a slim Ultrabook-style laptop versus a gaming laptop, perhaps these new processors will result in new laptops offered this year that will offer the best of both worlds.