If you look ahead at the roadmap to 2024, there are some impressive parts coming from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm all targeting your PCs that will dramatically change how these machines operate.

This period is when hardware tries to catch up to the generative AI trend, and our PCs, tablets and smartphones get smarter. But the real battle will be over PC CPUs that will get faster GPU and NPU capability — or VPU if we’re talking about Intel — and should get a huge bump in performance and battery life as a result.

Given that all of these products will be relatively new, their real benefits may not appear until 2025 as software evolves to take advantage of the latest hardware features. Let me lay out the battlefield for you and show that this battle will also open the door for new competitors like Nvidia who will step in to shift the market.

We’ll end with our Product of the Week, a new workstation from HP that’s one of the quietest I’ve ever tested.

Intel has a market to lose

Intel is the established vendor when it comes to mobile parts, so this battle is on Intel’s traditional battlefield.

The product to watch is named Lunar Lake, arguably the most significant advancement Intel has ever made for the PC platform. On paper, this product should be more than good enough if it weren’t for the fact that Intel has reduced both layoffs and wage adjustments where employees earn less. These two events are generally very damaging to morale and productivity and may call into question the timely release of this product in 2024.

Furthermore, the revolutionary nature of this product will require a much stronger campaign than Intel has executed recently. It continues to struggle to retain a chief marketing officer at a time when it will need a Dennis Carter-level exec. Intel hasn’t adequately supported CMOs since the beginning of this century, which adds to concerns about the company’s ability to perfectly execute this launch.

Fortunately for Intel, it’s a vendor entrenched in mobile parts. However, AMD has been making inroads, so failure to execute here could give AMD and Qualcomm a huge boost in their efforts to dethrone Intel.


Lately, AMD has been firing on all cylinders. When it says it’s going to do something, it does.

AMD expects to have a product similar to Intel’s Lunar Lake to market in 2024 and has indicated it will increasingly pivot to generative AI tools to make it happen.

The use of AI in this context is doubly important and may indicate some risk as AI remains a driving force, and vendors actively using the technology should have better insight on how to optimize hardware for it . Additionally, we expect AI to be a significant sales driver for this entire PC hardware segment.

Again, though, as with Intel, exposure for AMD is marketing. Never a marketing powerhouse, AMD is like most engineering-driven companies in that it downplays marketing, which means it can’t get the credit for its advancements it otherwise would.

With the right marketing campaign and an Intel miss (as mentioned above, it’s the last possibility), AMD could take over a dominant laptop share. But this potential cannot be fulfilled without the interest or ability to fund and run such a campaign. Should Intel miss its deadline, AMD is likely to have the most to gain, given that it will already be on the market with a similar option.


Qualcomm is in a unique position because of its dominance in the smartphone space. It is developing a brand new PC processor design co-developed with Nuvia, which Qualcomm acquired in 2021 for $1.4 billion. Interest in integrating smartphones with PCs is growing, and no one should be able to do this better than a vendor working aggressively to improve both platforms.

However, to make this work, Qualcomm’s marketing requirements are much higher than those of Intel or AMD due to its negligible presence in the PC market. Qualcomm recently lost one of its early design wins, the HP Folio, to Intel, even though the resulting product only offered a third the battery life of earlier Snapdragon-based alternatives.

Qualcomm’s high marketing requirement is because it is different from most. Intel and AMD are both x86-based, while Qualcomm is distinctly ARM-based. ARM is not happy with Qualcomm or its effort as it feels that Qualcomm should pay more for PC platform license. The litigation between ARM and Qualcomm has the potential to significantly damage the initiative, and Qualcomm is already in the weakest position of the three vendors mentioned so far.

This brings us…


Nvidia’s plan to buy ARM fell through, leaving the company high and dry on the CPU side but continuing to execute well with its GPU products. Nvidia also licenses from ARM, but, unlike Qualcomm, because of its much smaller commitment to that company, it may have switched to RISC-V, an equivalent product to ARM that survived the failed acquisition due to ARM’s financial troubles. appears to be lacking.

Nvidia is a wild card here, but has a greater AI presence than all three vendors combined, so whatever they do next will have a significant impact on the market. Its latest RTX 4060 card is an impressive display of the level of performance a vendor can bring to market for little money.

With the right combination of CPU, GPU and NPU (Neural Processing Unit), Nvidia can enter and steal this market from other players. We don’t know what Nvidia will replace ARM as it gets closer to becoming a solution vendor.

wrapping up

2025 will be the year of the massive laptop chip wars with Intel but weak, AMD doing well but underwhelming marketing, and Qualcomm not yet on the market with its next-gen PC parts and its Appearing to reduce marketing.

If any of these vendors can go ahead and meet their timeline objectives and find a way to finance the demand generation marketing for the new parts, they can adapt or take over this market.

While I listed Nvidia as a wildcard, RISC-V is also a wildcard and could be used by Qualcomm, Nvidia, or some up-and-coming vendor to pivot the market to a more forward-looking AI-focused alternative to x86. can be done.

The good news for all of us is that in 2024, at least by the end of it, we should see laptops with 20+ hours of battery life without sacrificing performance. I hope we also see some new designs that better embrace sustainability and reduce electronic waste.

tech product of the week

HP Z8 Fury G5 Tower Workstation

Workstations are an interesting product category because it’s usually the engineers using it that specify their configuration, rather than the IT department. These tools are directly linked to the productivity of the engineer, graphics artist, researcher, architect, or other creative professional.

Workstations come with industrial processors, usually from AMD, or in this case, Intel Xeon, and a professional GPU from Nvidia or AMD. This HP Z8 Fury G5 has an Nvidia T400 card. They are also equipped with error correcting code (ECC) memory, which is rarely used in mainstream PCs, to reduce errors in the coding done on them.

Priced starting at $5,320, the HP Z8 Fury G5 is a fine mid-range workstation with solid performance and some of the quietest usage experiences I’ve ever heard. This thing redefines cool. My main PC is a water-cooled unit, and even it makes more noise than this HP box.

HP Z8 Fury G5 Tower Workstation

The HP Z8 Fury G5 Tower Workstation packs quiet performance into a lightweight design. (Image credit: HP)

Another differentiator for this HP workstation is that it uses Wolf Security for its security, which is arguably the best of the OEM-based security programs.

Finally, this workstation is surprisingly light, 10 or 20 pounds lighter than my gaming rig, which is unusual for workstations as they’ve traditionally been a handful. But this one was surprisingly lightweight, which makes it very useful for some remote implementations, especially when office space is fluid and frequent PC movement is required.

The HP Z8 Fury G5 Workstation is an impressive product—from its low error rate performance to its noiseless fan and relatively light weight—making it ideal for my product of the week.

Do you use a desktop computer or laptop with a large screen monitor as your daily driver? Either way, adding a second display will more than double the convenience and productivity.

Intel’s P15NF 15.6″ QLED Portable Monitor can boost your work and play performance. This plug and play, no configuration required portable panel is a perfect FreeSync HDR gaming or work monitor.

If you manage to play computer games on your smartphone, or travel a lot, the lightweight, P15NF lets you bring a big-screen powerhouse to life in a handy 0.17″ x 14″ x 9.1″ package that weighs only 1.41 lbs.

The display delivers a stunning FHD 100% DCI-P3 color gamut with 500-nit brightness and has an impressive assortment of connection ports: two USB-C, one mini-HDMI, one Type-C OTG , and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Intehill P15NF as a desktop display

The Intehill 15.6″ portable monitor has enough real estate and enough features to be a full-service desktop display. (image credit: Intihill)

An on-the-go (OTG) port isn’t always included on portable monitors, but having it increases convenience and productivity. The OTG adapter allows you to connect a full-sized USB flash drive or USB-A cable to your phone or tablet via a micro USB or USB-C charging port.

The monitor’s right edge sports a mini-HDMI port and two full-featured Type-C ports for turning this screen into a portable laptop and computer monitor.

It is also ideal for PS5/4, Xbox, Steam Deck and Switch. The monitor’s power ports include a USB-A to USB-C connector with a wall socket power plug, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

unbeatable screen performance

The QLED panel with 10-bit color depth delivers an immersive visual experience. It offers better text clarity and vivid image colors in both portrait and landscape view.

The display offers a 178° viewing angle that doesn’t look washed out or faded at the edges of the screen. You can set the panel’s menus to intensify the flicker-free display and adjust for a low blue light mode that helps reduce eye strain when staring at the screen for long intervals.

Intihill 15.6-inch portable display connected to HP Chromebase

The Model P15NF’s 500-nit visual display (R) is connected to a Chromebase computer with a 250-nit, 21.5-inch display. Note that the portable monitor displays a ChromeOS bottom docking bar, which essentially gives full functionality without launching from the main display and dragging it to a second monitor.

business view standard

Another contributing factor to this solidly built portable panel is the difference that DCI-P3 (Digital Cinema Initiative – Protocol 3) over sRGB brings into the picture.

DCI-P3 is a new technical standard for a set of colors from the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), designed to standardize the colors used in the film industry .

sRGB is an older color display standard that was jointly created by HP and Microsoft in 1996 for use on monitors, printers, and the Internet.

While the older sRGB standard is still common in portable monitors, DCI-P3 brings a wider color gamut and its use in this device is a boon for gamers and graphic professionals. Especially if you use the monitor outside, or in brightly lit offices or graphic studios, the P15NF model with DCI-P3 is more visible.

Intihill Monitor Vinodes 10 Display Adjustment

The Integral Monitor (L) in Microsoft Windows 10 Display Adjustment requires only a minor configuration change. Note that each monitor is showing different content and bottom bar for full functionality.

Smart Cover, Dumb Results

The so-called Smart Cover included in the box is a typical weak point for a portable monitor. Most come with some sort of fold-around case to protect the panel while carrying and storing it. The Smart Cover also doubles as a tabletop stand.

Intel Smart Cover
Intel Smart Cover

Unless you love solving puzzles and folding origami creatures, Smart Cover on a monitor can be a pointless and frustrating experience. In this case, however, the textured surface of the cover is a non-slip surface that wraps neatly around the panel.

The heavy plastic vinyl material around a small magnet helps keep the cover attached to the back of the monitor. Its trifold design is more rigid and usable, thanks to a smaller hinge-like reinforcement that forms part of the center of the folding section.

Still, when I use this monitor for long work sessions, I stick to two double-sided pieces of mounting tape. One piece prevents the back flap from sliding off, and another piece prevents the bottom front edge of the panel from sliding forward.

A better solution is to attach a metal mechanism that pulls very much like a picture frame. I’ve only seen that method used on some portable panels.

extra matter

Connectivity is a plus with this monitor. It easily connects to phone, desktop and laptop computers. The only requirement is that the host device must have a Thunderbolt or HDMI port. This is rarely a problem with newer Mac, Windows, Linux, and ChromeOS computers. The panel is also compatible with SteamOS.

Intehill 15.6-inch Portable Panel Dragging Feature

The Intihill Portable Screen (L) displays various content easily by dragging a window from a Linux laptop. With Linux computers, duplicating desktop elements and launchers is not carried over to the second monitor.

The FHD monitor consumes minimal power, which is an added advantage for portable use. It requires 10 watts, but it comes with a 15W power adapter—a sufficient option if the host computer doesn’t power the portable monitor from the connector port.

Since the P15NF model uses less than 10 watts, the 20,000 mAh power bank can keep the monitor working for more than 10 hours when performing regular tasks.

This unit supports all Samsung phones with DeX. You can also extend the screen for the iPhone, but this requires a Lightning to HDMI adapter.

Keep in mind that not all Android phones send an output signal to the USB-C connector. This determines whether your phone works with this portable monitor.

Even my new Moto Stylus 5G (2022) smartphone is dumb in this regard. That result is not Intelehil’s fault.

where to buy

The P15NF 15.6″ QLED Portable Monitor is currently available at the Intelhill Store on Amazon. Its list price is $269.

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