AMD’s bet for 2022: gaming ultralight
During the last year, the best-selling type of computer on the market has been the so-called gaming ultralight, so AMD has not only opted this year for the classic CPU models for laptops with 15 and 45 W TDP as happened in previous ranges. . So we have new processor models with a consumption of 28 W such as the Ryzen 5 6600U and Ryzen 7 6800U and the different Ryzen 6000HS processors with a TDP of 35 W. As for the ultralight 15 W laptops for the At the moment we are not going to see a generational change and those of 45 W.
However, a greater variety of processors in terms of TDP is not the only novelty of the new AMD APUs.
AMD Ryzen 6000
The new range of APUs is called Ryzen 6000, which is exclusively for notebook computers and is manufactured under TSM’s 6nm node. These are monolithic processors rather than based on chipsets. This means that all the elements that compose it are on a single chip instead of being divided into several as occurs in the Ryzen 5000 desktop, with the exception of the 5000G that are also APUs.
The first novelty in the Ryzen 6000 is the use of an optimized version for consumption of the Zen 3 architecture, which is key in the implementation in laptops and is that we had already found that in some models the Ryzen 5000 APUs they were not reaching the advertised clock speeds. The solution has come in the form of redesigning and re-implementing all the processor’s power distribution circuitry in order to solve this problem.
Zen 3+, therefore, is not a radical change in the form of a new architecture, but an incremental improvement, which takes advantage of the 6 nm node of the Taiwanese foundry to add a series of small changes that suppose an increase of its performance in parts that are crucial in laptop.
Connectivity and memory in the Ryzen 6000
An important part in every processor today is the integrated memory controller, which allows it to communicate to the processors and peripherals with the RAM and the peripheral controller that allows the communication of these with the system processor.
In the Ryzen 6000, AMD has made substantial changes to these parts of the processor. In the first place, we have support for new DDR5 and LPDD5 memory standards, in the first case with a speed of up to 4800 MHz and in the second of 6400 MHz, in both types of memory using a 128-bit bus.
If we talk about the I / O interface or peripherals, we have Ryzen 6000 incorporating for the first time the support for the new USB4 standard with a transfer speed of up to 40 Gbps, being the first AMD processor to support it. Regarding wireless interfaces, we have support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth LE 5.2. In this part we will remember the agreement of Lisa Su’s company to grant the radios for the new laptops and not have to depend on those from Intel.
RDNA 2 on Ryzen 6000
The Ryzen 6000 APUs are the second AMD SoCs to incorporate an RDNA 2 architecture integrated GPU, as the first were the next-generation video game consoles from SONY and Microsoft. Well, after years the Vega architecture we are finally going to make the leap on PC to a new architecture.
The implementation is similar to that of the Xbox Series consoles that contain the complete set of the latest AMD graphics architecture with the exception of the Infinity Cache. There are two different configurations, one with 3 WGP or 6 Compute Units that is integrated in the following models: 6600U, 6600HS and 6600H. The rest of the range makes use of a 6 WGP or 12 Compute Units iGPU with the ability to reach up to 2.4 GHz clock speed.
The RDNA 2 architecture is the same used in AMD’s own RX 6000 series and integrates key technologies for DirectX 12 Ultimate support such as ray tracing, Mesh Shaders, Variable Rate Shaders and other technologies that the different games will be added over time, as well as DirectStorage that allows direct access to the content of the NVMe SSDs by the graphics processor without the need for the CPU to do so.
Performance of the new iGPUs
The strength of the Ryzen 6000 APU over the new generation of Intel APUs lies in the use of a much more advanced GPU architecture, which outperforms even the entry-level dedicated GPUs of the previous generation such as This is the case with the NVIDIA MX450.
In addition, one of the strengths in which AMD has made more force is in the implementation of its super-resolution algorithm, the so-called FSR, which is key to achieving the highest possible number, which is key in all GPUs, but more on an integrated one that are usually the ones with the lowest technical specifications of all, but which are usually the only option for users of low-end gaming laptops.
New GPUs for laptops from AMD
Lisa Su’s company not only competes on the CPU front, but also on the GPU front and this 2022 will be complicated for them by the entry of Intel and its ARC Alchemist architecture. That is why they have decided to expand their portfolio of dedicated RX 6000 series GPUs with new models, which in the case of gaming laptops we will see them pairing with the Ryzen 6000 APUs in many computers.
In order to compete with the NVIDIA MX550 and MX570 and Intel’s A300 series in laptops we have two new 6 nm GPUs, called RX 6500M Y RX 6300M. They are not the only novelty, since the RX 6000M of a few months ago will receive models for ultra-thin gaming laptops, in the form of the models 6800S, 6700S Y 6600S. Which are part of the new AMD Radeon RX 6000S, which will be exclusive to laptops and is a redesign for ultralight gaming.
And to finish the icing on the cake, in the form of models much more powerful than those launched a few months ago, these stand out for their memory use 18Gbps GDDR6as well as higher clock speeds. It’s all about the models 6650M, 6650M XT Y 6850M XT which are in addition to the models already available for the RX 6000.
AMD Advantage 2022
The fact that AMD is a designer not only of processors, but also of graphics cards allows them to create complete integrated systems that serve as a reference to the different manufacturers of gaming laptops and that serve to mark a series of general technical specifications that each must meet. one of them and that is based on two different pillars.
Therefore, AMD Advantage laptops must include a series of requirements such as having 16 GB of dual channel DDR5 memory, NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage, Full HD 144 Hz or Quad HD 120 HZ displays and the use of Ryzen APUs. 6000 and the RX 6000 Mobile as a GPU. So as you can see, AMD sweeps home in this case.
AMD SmartShift Max, Eco and SmartAccess
It is a series of technologies related to shared consumption between APUs and dedicated GPUs that take advantage of the internal changes in the Ryzen 6000 in the face of consumption. We had already seen the SmartShift technology in the Ryzen 5000 and it consists in that the power is distributed between the APU and the GPU according to the workload of the application and its nature.
The new SmartShift is divided into two different variants, Max being the improved and more optimized version. On the other hand, Eco is a system that what it does is leave the dedicated GPU in the laptop disconnected unless we connect it to the power in order to extend the battery life of our laptop. As you can see, for AMD it has been important to improve the consumption of its processors and graphics in laptops.
SmartAccess, on the other hand, is that the dedicated GPU in laptops, which usually lacks a display driver, does not have to directly access the APU to send the image to the monitor. Decreasing delivery latency by up to 15%.
What’s new in AMD Adrenalin
In this case they have been brief to tell us about the news that we are going to see in the Adrenalin drivers this year. First of all, the Radeon Super Resolution, which what it does is implement the FSR at the driver level and, therefore, makes all games compatible. Next we have the AMD Link 5.0, which allows us to turn our AMD PC into a cloud server to transmit to other peripherals and to finish the AMD Privacy View It uses camera and eye detection algorithms to hide the contents of your laptop from prying eyes.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
Leaving the APUs and GPUs for laptops we have the latest Ryzen 5000 for desktop that will come out before the next generation and that is AMD’s answer to the Intel Core 12. Its launch date? Some point next spring and it will be differentiated by the use of the V-Cache.
However, AMD has introduced a new model, the Ryzen 5800X3D, which is a vertically cached version of the Ryzen 7 5800X that appeared in late 2019 with the same number of cores, 8, and threads, 16. As seen you can see its base clock speed is 3.4 GHz and its Boost is 4.5 GHz. A few figures a little lower than those of the standard model, but the increase in the capacity of the L3 cache has a significant performance increase, surpassing even the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Ryzen 7000 and the AM5 chipset
To finish its presentation at CES 2022, AMD has left the most anticipated for the future where they have confirmed that the commercial name of the formerly known as Raphael is Ryzen 7000, as well as the new AM5 chipset. Which will implement the news in terms of memory controller and connectivity of the Ryzen 6000 and support for PCIe Gen 5.
As for the processor, they will be the first to implement the Zen 4 architecture, built under TSMC’s 5 nm node that will allow 5 GHz to be reached for the first time in all cores at the same time and not in just one or two cores as it happened. Until now. Although this is only an advance, since we will have to wait until the second semester of this year to get our hands on them.