At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) the year before last, Intel showed us an interesting chip, the Kaby Lake G that combines the 7th generation H-Series CPUs with the AMD Radeon GPU. Unfortunately, the chip’s life is short, and Intel ended its support for the series last October. Now, AMD also seems to have ended driver support for the integrated Radeon GPU in Kaby Lake G.
Tom’s Hardware reports that Intel, which has promised up to five years of support for Kaby Lake G, may not be able to deliver on it, and you won’t even get a driver update for Windows 10 2004 (updated May 2020).
In fact, very few products have used Kaby Lake G chips, such as Intel’s own NUC 8 Extreme mini PC, and Intel is trying to use it in the HP Spectre x360 15 and Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 transformers.
Intel had hoped to integrate a dedicated GPU into the chip for a thinner form factor without having too much impact on the power consumption of the entire machine — but the Dell XPS 15 was by far the only Kaby Lake G variant.
Intel has now swapped iris Plus Graphics for its own G-suffix Ice Lake chips, even if they are 9W/15W processors born for Ultrabook. The company is also developing its own Xe GPU simultaneously, which will one day be adopted on the G suffix chip.