Earlier this year, Intel launched their 8th-gen Kaby Lake-G processors with on-package Radeon RX Vega graphics from AMD. Ever since the launch, there’s been questions about what kind of performance these new chips would offer. Well we might know a bit about it, thanks to Vega M benchmarks from Korean site Playwares (via ExtremeTech).
Intel Hades Canyon Benchmarks hint at Kaby Lake-G Gaming Performance
Intel unveiled their Hades Canyon NUC at this year’s CES in January. The pint-sized device packs a punch in the form of their Core i7-8809G processor that features the most powerful version of AMD’s RX Vega M, the “GH” SKU. The first benchmarks of Hades Canyon have now emerged online, and the figures are encouraging.
The Core i7-8809G was tested in three games at 1080p/Ultra presets. The performance is especially good in Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division at both default clocks and when overclocked.
Based on these figures, the GPU may well be able to trade the 1080p performance at Ultra detail for 1440p at Medium detail. For reference, the i7-8809G easily outperforms AMD’s own Ryzen 5 2400G APU, which also features Vega integrated graphics.
The performance should fall in between an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1060, which is more or less about where we expected to see. That said, this is an early result and the final retail product could deliver better performance in many respects.
Anyway, the benchmarks give us a clear idea of what we should expect from the upcoming Core chips in terms of graphics performance. The only thing that remains to be seen is pricing that would play a key role in determining how viable a solution this hardware will be for gamers.
There is a good chance that the Kaby Lake-G based products would carry a premium price, especially with all the crypto mining craze around. Yes, with a relatively potent GPU under the hood, Intel G-series chips could be an attractive proposition for miners, too.