Intel has quietly axed its weird combo chips with AMD graphics

Yolanda Curtis
October 12, 2019

Of course, as we mentioned at the outset, the price cuts apply not just to this popular model, but to all 9th-Generation F and KF-Series processors - F-Series meaning there are no integrated graphics, and KF being the same deal except these processors are unlocked (so they can be overclocked).

On Tuesday, Intel quietly issued a product notice, saying it was discontinuing the company's Kaby Lake-G processors, which were born from a rare team-up between the chip maker and rival AMD.

In addition, the Xeon W chips come with Deep Learning Boost, a new set of processor instructions first introduced in Intel's second-generation Xeon Scalable processors that accelerate artificial intelligence applications like image tagging, motion tracking and image enhancement.

Although the partnership took the chip industry by surprise, the resulting Kaby Lake-G processors were powerful, offering Core i7 performance and some impressive AMD-backed graphic capabilities on a single chip. However, the processors never appeared to gain widespread adoption among device makers.

The Intel Xeon W-2200 and X-series processors are targeted to be available starting November, along with a new pricing structure that represents an easier step up for creators and enthusiasts from Intel Core S-series mainstream products, Intel says.

Intel indicated to PCMag its phasing out the Kaby Lake-G line in favor for the company's newly-released 10th generation Intel Core processors, which are dubbed Ice Lake. But Intel also pitched them as gaming-optimized processors for those who knew that they'd be pairing them with a dedicated GPU, anyway.

Among the benefits Intel touts of the new W-2200 series is 2x faster 3D architecture rendering, 97% faster 4K video editing and 2.1x faster video game compile times. With a product notification Intel now officially ends Kaby Lake-G. Vendors can still order Kaby Lake-G parts and will still be able to do so until July 31, 2020, after which Intel will no longer ship additional units.

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