Intel kills off Kaby Lake-G AMD chips

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.

The most notable implementation was in series, but even those eventually dropped Kaby Lake-G.

Kaby Lake-G’s days were always numbered

Intel Kaby Lake-G CPU+GPU

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.

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ermo

From the article:

The most notable implementation was in series, but even those eventually dropped Kaby Lake-G.

… uh, which series was that again?

JustAnEngineer
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It was probably supposed to be Intel’s “Hades Canyon” NUCs, though Dell did off a few XPS laptops with Kaby Lake G.
Here’s Jeff Kampman’s review of the NUC from a year and a half ago:
https://techreport.com/review/33506/intels-nuc8i7hvk-hades-canyon-gaming-pc-reviewed/

Dragontamer5788
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Dragontamer5788

Lex Luthor and Superman can’t work together for long

There’s this character named Superboy that you probably should know about…

chuckula
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chuckula

Kaby-G was ahead of its time!

This product paved the way for the cancellation of future discrete Intel GPUs that won’t be placed on-package with future cancelled Intel CPUs!

Now that’s what I call innovation!

Anonymous Coward
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Anonymous Coward

It was ahead of its time! AMD just needs to make one themselves. Screw those wimpy APUs, I want to see this done right, with glue!

JustAnEngineer
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JustAnEngineer

The rest of 14 nm Kaby Lake got the axe, too:
https://www.techpowerup.com/260023/intel-discontinues-almost-the-entire-7th-generation-core-desktop-processor-series
Socket LGA1151v1 appears to be EOL.

This is not unexpected, since Intel wants to encourage folks to buy new LGA1159 motherboards and (sort-of new) 14 nm Comet Lake CPUs.

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Anonymous Coward

Surprised they bothered making 7th-gen still. Surely all the OEMs have moved on to the revolutionarily-highly-numbered 8th- or 9th-gen models.

derFunkenstein
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Do not understand why AMD never pursued Vega Mobile on its own. It had designed the chip, just make it available for laptops. Recently added as an add-on for 15″ MBPs, but that’s it.

chuckula
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chuckula

Look at the costs to develop a discrete GPU in mobile that needs HBM and then look at Vega’s performance/watt (or lack thereof) against Nvidia mobile and you start to see why it was such a niche product (for both Kaby-G and standalone).

derFunkenstein
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But it was already developed. I guess what you’re insinuating is that AMD tried and just couldn’t sell to anybody but Apple, and I guess that’s a possibility.

jensend
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It’s ok; for Intel Kaby Lake-G was never about shipping products. (Remember, shipping is so out and cancelling is the new black.) Rather, it was about poaching Raja Koduri.

chuckula
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chuckula

If we get Raja Powar from Kaby-G then it’s even better than getting angry after being zapped by gamma rays!!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Don’t make Raja angry, you wouldn’t like him when he is angry……

VEGA SMASH!!!!!!!

chuckula
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chuckula

Pour out a forty for our homie Kaby-G.

#Regulate

Krogoth
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Krogoth

When no gerbil was looking, Chuckula stole 40 Kaby-G chips. He took 40 chips. That’s as many as four tens. And that’s terrible.

K-L-Waster
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K-L-Waster

But is it also as many as ten fours, good buddy?

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