Why No AMD GPU in Intel Laptops?

Why isn’t an AMD graphics card included with an Intel laptop?

One of the big unknowns in the notebook industry is undoubtedly the fact that it is impossible to put together an Intel processor with an AMD graphics card. But, if both companies are open to using a third-party company like NVIDIA and its GPUs, why don’t we see an Intel notebook with an AMD RX GPU for gaming notebooks?

The answer to the question takes us back to 2009, when the story begins. Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA have a strange relationship depending on who is above whom, because the one who dictates the majority of the rules is the quickest in theory and practice. 

In 2009, Intel and NVIDIA were entangled in a legal battle over specific patent and market settlements for the green n-Force, and after settling the account with a negative balance of 1.5 billion, Intel dissolved the NVIDIA connection with a settlement for that amount in less than 6 years.

Why pay if you’re supposedly right? Freedom comes at a price!

Intel did not want to continue with NVIDIA and the signed agreements accusing it of various ruses to maintain monopoly and other minutiae in between. Basically, the blue team wanted to break with the green team for a very simple reason: with that agreement they could not assemble any GPU other than NVIDIA.

The breakup left the door open for Pat Gelsinger’s team and as such, Intel and AMD started working together soon after and continued to collaborate in a very curious alliance that has had a well-known outcome. The last Intel processor with AMD iGPU was the i7-8809G, a 4-core, 8-thread CPU in 14 nm with Kaby Lake-G architecture that included a Radeon RX Vega M GH at 1190 MHz with 24 CU, where there was also a second Intel HD 630 iGPU in the package.

That breakup with NVIDIA led to Intel’s strategy to dominate the global GPU market to this day, as the blues learned from their rivals, acquired the know-how, hired the right people and began to research and design a forward-looking modular architecture while slowly catching up with Lisa Su’s in this area.

Intel notebook with AMD GPU, NVIDIA had to give up!

The result was simple: NVIDIA abandoned the iGPUs and chipsets, and Intel filled the void by designing its own, integrating them into the processor as a full-fledged APU, collaborating with its rival to learn from it, and now relies on no one and plans to deal a decisive blow to the red team and stand up to the green one.

As a result, Intel no longer has to purchase RX 6000 GPUs for its CPUs. They presently outperform AMD in terms of iGPU performance. The RX 6000s are competent, efficient, and less expensive than a competitor GPU, however stock is extremely limited.

The answer is allegedly secret contracts inked between Intel and NVIDIA to drive AMD out of the market. Both companies have repeatedly denied this, yet it is true that we will not see an Intel CPU and an AMD GPU in the same laptop. When we consider the number of NVIDIA models and variants, as well as the four AMD models, why would Intel choose the red team when it competes directly with them and has a gaming product that is just as fast?


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