Intel’s Kaby Lake-G chip harbors a mystery. PCWorld has learned the company’s exciting CPU/GPU combo chip may actually be based on AMD’s older-generation Polaris cores rather than the newest Vega cores.

This revelation doesn’t change how we feel about the chip, having already tested it (and liked it) in Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC. But an industry-standard system utility identifies the Kaby Lake-G as having an AMD Polaris bloodline. And we’ve discovered other evidence suggesting the chip’s GPU core is Polaris.

Kaby Lake-G: Making the impossible

In January, Intel unveiled it had linked a Core i7 to an AMD Radeon RX Vega M with its advanced Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge. And thus the Kaby Lake-G mobile chip—and a once-unthinkable Intel/AMD partnership—was born.

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Intel’s Kaby Lake-G mystery: Why Radeon Vega M may be more Polaris than Vega