The cooperation between Intel and AMD to develop a new mobile system has been a huge surprise for many and it seems, that it this fusion will not be on an equal footing.
- Intel-based laptops with integrated AMD graphics cards will be available
- So far, both companies have competed with each other on the processor market – it’s an unexpected collaboration
- The result – slim and energy efficient laptops that will be suitable for gaming or video editing
Two biggest adversaries suddenly become cooperating friends? Even though it sounds like a typical American comedy or a complicated movie, this situation is slowly becoming the mainstay of the technology industry, where two rival antinomies – Intel and AMD – suddenly coincide. However, I cannot help but get the impression that the two parties are joining in on somewhat different terms.
Intel Core + Radeon Vega = success?
Today, the field of the mobile subcomponents is the main focus for the most important processor and graphics card producers in the market. They are all concentrating on the ever-growing gaming notebook segment. The successful launch of low-voltage Intel chips and the upcoming AMD Ryzen chips show where the technological leading firms really invest. And while we are used to watching the typical AMD and Intel shuffle for new models, benchmarks, and the capabilities of their products, it comes as a huge surprise that two companies are now working together.
What is the result of this sudden cooperation? It is actually a very chip, which seems to be very promising and far more interesting than the ever-improving “integrators” from Intel. What are the main components of this system? The best of Intel’s low-voltage processors and graphics card from the Radeon Vega Mobile family. It’s a pretty unusual fusion based on AMD’s HBM2 memory card, thanks to which the space occupied by this chip will be minimized. The communication between the two main components will be much shorter and more fluid, which will also translate into higher performance. Everything will be connected to each other via an EMIB bridge, offering an appropriate bandwidth.
Game on the ultrabook?
What will this fusion bring to the final recipients? It is sure that this system should definitely be great when it comes to playing games or using advanced graphics software or movie editing. The Radeon Vega Mobile chips are much better than the Intel HD / UHD Graphics lineup. Taking into account that many people are currently buying laptops for gaming Intel’s and AMD’s decision to launch this project will increase in gaming notebook sales even more.
This is an attempt to drawback gamers from buying an equipment with dedicated graphics chips. If people want an uncompromising performance they definitely have to choose NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards. The less demanding ones may find in this opportunity to buy lightweight, handy ultrabooks featuring technology that will allow them to play in less graphically advanced games, as well as the easy and smooth video and photo editing, quite interesting. Of course, the proper performance of such systems will be evaluated after the first benchmarks or post-test tests, but the perspective of the two giant joining forces seem to be extremely interesting.
Some do not risk anything, others are trying
It is visible, however, that this cooperation Intel and AMD is a typical example of a duo in which one wants and the other must. Intel has no obligation to prove anything to anyone – it has more than 80% of the processor market shares and can look at AMD’s attempts to compete with a smile.
It seems that AMD treats this collaboration as a chance to return to the competition on many levels, but at the same time, it has to humble itself against its biggest opponent. Even though there are some very interesting proposals (eg ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC) it is impossible to hide the fact that that finding a laptop equipped with ADM processors or graphics chips is still a big challenge (although it is much easier than a few years ago). This market has been monopolized by Intel. Such an opportunity for AMD is not only a chance to break into the minds of many consumers who do not know that there is some alternative to Intel chips.
Although Intel and AMD chips have to be considered as very interesting information, it must be clearly stated that in the near future it is difficult to expect that the market share of both entities will change significantly in any way. It is Intel that dictates conditions, while AMD is still looking for every opportunity to get out of its niche and the fact that the only possible way leads through not necessarily pleasant areas, it is quite another story …