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Intel: Kaby Lake refresh (KBL-R/U) comes without AMD iGPU

Intel: Kaby Lake refresh (KBL-R/U) comes without AMD iGPU
Intel: Kaby Lake refresh (KBL-R/U) comes without AMD iGPU
We were able to obtain more specific details regarding AMD GPUs in Intel's CPUs. Insiders have further mentioned four new mobile microprocessors.
Update 8/2/17: Intel is not going to incorporate AMD-GPUs into its mobile microprocessors.
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First rumors regarding the use of AMDs GPUs in Intel’s processors first surfaced around February 2017, but they were very vague at first.

Six months later, the rumors are getting more and more specific: a benchmark database now lists a hitherto unknown graphics chip called Intel UHD Graphics 620, apparently used in combination with a Core i7-8550U running at 1.8 GHz. Juicy detail: the graphics driver listed is vaguely referred to as “amd64”. We believe the benchmark to be authentic, since the processor’s clock speeds seem to coincide with current rumors.

The graphics card’s name – UHD Graphics – seems to indicate a rather significant update, but it’s obviously too early for any official or unofficial acknowledgements. However, during our research we were in touch with industry insiders, and got our hands on a list of four mobile upgraded Kaby Lake CPUs.

Specifically, those are supposed to be the Core i7-8650U, i7-8550U, i5-8530U, and i5-8250U. All four are supposed to be equipped with aforementioned Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. While official release dates have yet to be announced, the CPUs are most likely to see the lift of day around the end of 2017.

Update 8/2/17: According to a screenshot we have most recently received, the change of name from "Intel HD Graphics" to "Intel UHD Graphics" is no more than a simple rebranding. More specifically, the document clearly states that apart from the name, the product is going to remain identical. This clearly contradicts the first piece of information claiming it might be a GPU by AMD.

The four Intel CPUs equipped with Intel UHD Graphics
The four Intel CPUs equipped with Intel UHD Graphics
Intel's HD Graphics rebranded as UHD Graphics.
Intel's HD Graphics rebranded as UHD Graphics.

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Silvio Werner
Editor of the original article: Silvio Werner - Senior Tech Writer - 3525 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been active as a journalist for over 10 years, most of it in the field of technology. I worked for Tom’s Hardware and ComputerBase, among others, and have been working for Notebookcheck since 2017. My current focus is particularly on mini PCs and single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi – so in other words, compact systems with a lot of potential. In addition, I have a soft spot for all kinds of wearables, especially smartwatches. My main profession is as a laboratory engineer, which is why neither scientific contexts nor the interpretation of complex measurements are foreign to me.
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Silvio Werner, J. Simon Leitner, 2017-08- 1 (Update: 2018-05-15)