Some team-ups are doomed from the start. Lex Luthor and Superman can’t work together for long; the relationship between Intel and AMD had to be similarly short-lived. Indeed, Intel has discontinued its Kaby Lake-G chips just two years after they debuted.
The Kaby Lake-G CPUs were a weird beast right from the beginning. The product paired a 14nm Intel Kaby Lake processor with an AMD Radeon RX Vega mobile graphics processor on the same chip, connected by a PCIe link.
The idea was an “enemy of my enemy is my friend” type of situation; with Intel’s graphics lagging behind and Nvidia dominant in the mobile graphics space, the team-up made a weird sort of sense. The problem was that OEMs didn’t pick up the strange chip very often, and those that did often followed it up with an Intel/Nvidia pairing of discrete chips.
Kaby Lake-G’s days were always numbered
This is hardly surprising, though; Intel has been making moves in the graphics space with its Xe architecture. If the purpose of the pairing was to push back against Nvidia, then the Xe chips take care of that. Intel even said as much in a statement to Tom’s Hardware:
“Intel is refocusing its product portfolio. Our 10th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Plus graphics are built on the new Gen11 graphics architecture that nearly doubled graphics performance. We have more in store from our graphics engine that will bring further enhancements to PCs in the future.”
Intel is discontinuing the Core i7-8706G, 8705G, 8809G, and 8709G along with the Core i5-8305G processors. If you still want to get your hands on one—if only to mount it in acrylic resin and put a cool backlight behind it—you have until January 31, 2020 to order one, and they’ll ship no later than July 31, 2020.