AMD has announced its long-awaited Radeon RX 6000M mobile GPU series, with its RDNA 2 architecture.
Today’s version consists of three chips: the RX 6800M (configurable to 145W and above), the RX 6700M (up to 135W) and the RX 6600M (up to 100W). AMD Says The 6800M Flagship Delivers The Fastest AMD Graphics For Laptops To Date; it claims the 6800M will run modern AAA games at frame rates comparable to or better than Nvidia’s mobile RTX 3080. It’s also supposed to outperform Nvidia’s chip while playing on battery power.
AMD claims that the RX 6700M will deliver up to 100 fps “in popular games” at 1440p resolution. The 6600M is best for “epic 1080p games”. Keep an eye out for independent reviews of these chips in the coming weeks for a better idea of how well you can expect each one to perform.
The 6000M series will be available from June 1.
AMD also announced AMD Advantage, a new “design framework initiative” to encourage OEMs to include certain features on their AMD systems, and to tell consumers which Ryzen and Radeon notebooks AMD thinks are best. It sounds like a similar idea to Intel’s Evo program, but it’s only for gaming laptops, and the standards seem a lot stricter.
AMD Advantage laptops should include the following:
* AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile processors, Radeon 6000 graphics and Radeon software
* Support for Smart Acess memory and AMD Smart Shift technology
* A display that achieves at least 300 nits of brightness, covers 100% of the sRGB gamut or 72% of the NTSC gamut, has at least a 144Hz refresh rate and low latency, and supports AMD Freesync
* At least one NVME PCIE Express Gen 3 SSD
* The ability to maintain a surface temperature below 40 degrees Celsius on the WASD keys
* Over 10 hours of video playback on battery power
It is not known how many laptops will actually meet all of these standards. Forty degrees Celsius is almost as hot as keyboards typically get in the center. But there aren’t too many gaming rigs that reliably break 10 hours of video playback on battery power, and plenty of the best gaming laptops peak under 300 nits of brightness. That said, not all Intel Evo certified laptop types meet all Evo requirements in my testing either – units and methodologies may vary.
The first AMD Advantage laptop to be announced is Asus’ new ROG Strix G15. This can be configured with a Ryzen 9 5900Hx, a Radeon RX 6800M, and a 15 inch WQHD 165Hz display with a 3ms response time. The G15 will be available at Best Buy in June.