HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well
As we get closer to CES 2018, we are seeing more and more information leak to the web with regards to the Intel-AMD multi-chip module (MCM). Now, leakster TUM_APISAK, has posted screenshots of a 3DMark entry that shows a few notebooks already using the said CPU. While the leaked screenshot lists laptops from Asus, HP, and Dell that feature the Intel-AMD 'Kaby Lake-G' CPUs, TUM_APISAK details on Reddit that the HP entry refers to a new Spectre x360 convertible.
The interesting part about the leak is that there is in an indication that the upcoming HP Spectre x360 could feature the Intel Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics sporting 20 compute units (CUs). We've just seen an accidental revelation directly from Intel about the Core i7-8809G that comes with the Vega M GH GPU. Given the target package TDP rating of 100W and a possible 55W TDP for the GPU component, we suspected that there could be anywhere between 20-24 CUs on the Vega M. If the leak turns out to be true, we could see multiple variants of the MCM with different CUs ranging from 20 to 24 as speculated. The Vega with the lower CU count could be designated as 'GL' and the one with higher CU count could be designated 'GH'. We are not quite sure what the 694E means, though.
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While the information itself can be presumed to be true, there are telltale signs in the leak, which indicate that it must be taken with a pinch of the proverbial salt. For one, the OS version for the HP listing indicates Windows 10 but lists the version as 6.3.16257, which actually refers to Windows 8.1 and even then, the minor build number is wrong. Next, the stock and turbo clock speeds for the Dell listing seem to have been interchanged and even if that were to be true, the 1.4 GHz base clock with a 3.1 GHz turbo boost seems to be a bit fishy for this package. All said and done, CES 2018 is closer than ever and we should be knowing more about the MCM and how OEMs plan to deploy it very soon. Stay tuned for more details.
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