Heading over to HardOCP we find some really interesting rumors there. Kyle Bennet is mentioning that AMD and Intel will agree on cross-licensing arrangements. This deal could include AMD sharing designs of its Radeon integrated graphics processors with Intel.
Although there are still no words from Intel, according to Kyle Bennet the agreement should almost be in a safe harbor. Overall such a partnership is a logical step for both parties. Intel want to add more performance to their integrated graphics processing solution, while AMD is going to be quite happy about the royalties it receives for sharing the intellectual property. Customers might get more CPUs with more powerful IGPs and maybe this partnership is also going to spark some new innovation.
The current A10-7890K flagship APU, codenamed Godavari, features the Steamroller architecture. It comes with an integrated Radeon R7 series iGPU which is way faster than Intel’s HD530, which you can find inside the Intel Core i7-6700K. A few months ago Intel silently launched a few new Broadwell CPUs, which included the Core i7-5775C. This CPU has been equipped with a powerful iGPU, which goes by the name Iris Pro Graphics 6200. It is very much capable of competing with the A10-7890K’s graphics. Nevertheless, the Intel chip is about twice as expensive as the model from AMD. Yet it’s still interesting to see what performance level both manufacturers achieve with their most powerful IGPs.
On another note it’s been mentioned in the rumor mills, that AMD’s upcoming Zen-based APUs will deliver integrated GPU performance, which is on par with an AMD RX 460 discrete solution. Such a performance level would then be pretty hard to compete with for Intel. Keeping in mind that Intel has reduced its workforce in the graphics division by 11% this might make creating such a punchy IGP even more difficult.