Intel-AMD Core Chip Pictured, Our First Look at Vega 11 GPU?
Earlier this week, Intel and AMD joined forces as they announced a brand-new product featuring Intel’s Kaby Lake CPU and a discrete Vega-based GPU from team red. Well, a photo of this Core processor has just surfaced online, giving us our first look at the Kaby Lake-G and Radeon graphics — the latter could actually be the long-awaited AMD Vega 11 GPU.
The new product from AMD-Intel collab is a multi-chip module (MCM) that will likely go into the high performance ultra portable notebooks. Intel hasn’t revealed specifications of this processor yet, except that the semi-custom graphics chip will feature 4GB of the second generation High Bandwidth Memory.
The leaked photo shows the package comprising of three dies. The first on the left is the Kaby Lake CPU die, and besides it lies is a package with two more dies. Those are AMD’s Vega GPU and 4GB of HBM2 memory stack.
Now we don’t know about the specifications of this AMD GPU, but if we look at the previous leaks and connect the dots, this is probably the same graphics chip that has appeared in a number of benchmarking databases, including 3DMark.
The entry spotted in 3DMark features 24 Vega compute units for a total of 1536 stream processors, though there is no telling if this is the highest end configuration. The GPU will be clocked anywhere between 1GHz and 1.2GHz.
Similarly, the HBM2 clock speeds will vary depending on the Vega version we’re talking about. Some have memory clocked at 700MHz and others at 800MHz. Keep in mind that the chip is still in its early engineering stage so the figures don’t represent the final product.
There’s a good chance that we’re looking at a customized version of the Vega 11 GPU, and if the above specs come true, it’s going to be a beast of a chip with around 3.3 TFLOPS of compute power. The performance matches that of the PlayStation 4 Pro, making it the most powerful non-console APU to date.
AMD is long rumored to be working on a low-specced Vega GPU targeted at mobile devices. Based on the more recent reports, the Vega 11 GPU featuring 4GB of HBM2 entered production a couple of months ago, which happens to be just in time for Intel’s product launch in the first half of 2018.
In other words, everything seems to be pointing at this custom Radeon chip being the Vega 11 GPU. The launch isn’t far-fetched so we’ll know soon for sure. Meanwhile, we’ll keep you updated with more leaks and rumors on the topic. So stay tuned to DigiWorthy for updates.