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Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics

Some early benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 taken at CES 2018 show some impressive power from the new Intel Core i7-8705G CPU paired with on-board AMD Vega graphics. While these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, game performance hovers just below Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050.

Intel’s new Kaby Lake-G processors are perhaps the most exciting piece of technology to come out of CES this year. That excitement will surely build with the latest news about the chips. Early benchmarks from the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, which is powered by Intel’s Core i7-8705G, peg gaming performance around that of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

The benchmark comes from Hot Hardware. The site was able to run a few quick runs of the Rise of the Tomb Raider built-in benchmark, and performance is nothing short of impressive for an integrated GPU solution. Running at High settings at Full HD (1920x1080), the benchmark scored about 35 frames per second.

While this isn’t terribly impressive compared to dedicated solutions like Nvidia’s own GeForce GTX 1050 (which scores about 38 fps), it’s incredible considering that the AMD Vega M GPU in the machine is an on-chip graphics solution, not a separate card. Comparatively, Intel’s own HD Graphics 620 only hits about 6.25 frames per second according to our database. Check out the comparison below (keep in mind that our benchmark for this title differs slightly from the built-in benchmark):

Frames per second: Rise of the Tomb Raider (High, 1920x1080)

GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 67.5
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 45.8
Geforce GTX 1050 38.4
Core i7-8705G (AMD Vega M) 34.9
GeForce MX150 20.6
Intel HD Graphics 620 6.25

Keep in mind that this benchmark was performed on early hardware (read: not a final release) and was done quickly. It’s possible that AMD and Intel will be able to squeeze out a bit more performance when the Kaby Lake-G platform starts appearing in commercially available laptops. It’ll be very interesting to see how the silicon performs with better-developed design and drivers. If this benchmark is any indication of future performance, the future is looking very bright for Kaby Lake-G and onboard graphics in general.


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Sam Medley, 2018-01-21 (Update: 2018-01-21)