This year’s Computex showcase by AMD has undoubtedly created some massive waves in the gaming hardware sector. Lisa Su, CEO at AMD, held a keynote and unveiled the long-awaited mobile GPUs based on the RDNA 2 technology; the Radeon RX 6800M, 6700M, and 6600M.
These powerful cards will be a part of AMD’s new program, the AMD Advantage Design Framework. This is a partnership similar to Intel Evo and NVIDIA Studio and is designed to set the standard premium gaming laptop experience. The keynote also announced the launch of the cross-platform FidelityFX Super Resolution technology for games, AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s DLSS.
RADEON RX 6000M MOBILE GPU SPECS
|RX 6800M||RX 6700M||RX 6600M|
|Compute Units and Ray Accelerators||40||36||28|
|Max power draw (watts)||145||135||100|
|Max GPU frequency||2.3GHz||2.3GHz||2.18GHz|
|Memory||12GB GDDR6||10GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
|Memory interface||192 bit||160 bit||128 bit|
PC gamers have highly anticipated the new GPUs as it brings some of AMD’s best new tech to machines, most notably RDNA 2. This includes Ray Accelerator Cores, Infinity Cache on the GPU die, Smart Access Memory support which grants AMD’s CPU direct access to GPU memory, and much more. This results in low latency, better per watt performance (improving battery life), and AMD’s initial step towards hardware-accelerated ray tracing. Currently, AMD GPUs still lag NVIDIA’s DirectX ray tracing.
Each of the three GPUs also has a partner system with which they will be launched. The RX 6800M will launch this month in the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition, the first system built within the AMD Advantage Design Framework. HP’s Omen 16 will debut with the RX 6600M soon after. The RX 6800M and 6700M are designed for 1440p gaming, while the RX 6600M targets 1080p. Lenovo and MSI will be releasing AMD Advantage laptops later this year as well.
The Advantage Design Framework is a critical component in the launch and subsequent operation of these cards. It has been described as “the result of a multi-year collaboration between AMD and its global PC partners to deliver the next generation of premium, high-performance gaming laptops.” This functions exactly like Intel’s Evo platform, but for gaming laptops.
Advantage laptops have to meet some very strict criteria, such as being powered by an AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPU, possess a Radeon RX 6000M series GPU, Radeon software, FreeSync premium-certified displays, fast NVME storage, battery life over 10 hours, 100+ FPS in “today’s most visually demanding titles,” a screen with 300+ nits of brightness and a refresh rate of at least 144Hz. They also need to be light weight and offer custom-tuned thermals.
These new cards, along with the Advantage Design Framework and AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution tech, will give Intel and NVIDIA a run for their money this year. While many have been on the fence about AMDs GPUs compared to NVIDIAs, the RX 6000M series may be what dethrones the latter and makes AMD king of graphics for the future.
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