AMD giving PC gamers a real solid with their Computex 2021 hardware announcements
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AMD have been a bit quiet on hardware announcements in recent years, as their focus has been on working with software developers to improve performance on the gamer side of things. However, at Computex, they started 2018 brightly with some very positive and exciting announcements, which we’re going to take a look at now.
At the Computex event in Taipei, Taiwan, AMD has launched the Raven Ridge desktop processors for desktops. The lineup includes the Ryzen 5 3600U, the Ryzen 3 3300U, and the Ryzen 2 3200U. These APUs are based on the AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 series of processors and will be available on August 31, 2018. They are powered by up to AMD Radeon Vega Graphics.
Computex 2021 is one of the most anticipated hardware shows in the world. After the live event had been absent for several years due to the ongoing pandemic, the show returned in an online format with the biggest players in the PC industry announcing the new hardware they were offering to consumers. Here are some of the new product announcements that we think were important for hardware enthusiasts.
AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution
FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution) is AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), which allows graphics cards to increase frame rates in games without significantly sacrificing graphics quality and clarity. This is very interesting because NVDIA used to sell DLSS as a feature when you bought a GeForce RTX graphics card, but here AMD is doing the opposite. Apparently AMD will make this feature available for AMD and GeForce graphics cards starting with the GTX 10 (Pascal) series. They make FSR available to developers to integrate into their games for the benefit of gamers, whether they use AMD or not. I feel like AMD is mocking NVIDIA, because if this technology is equivalent (or maybe even better?) to DLSS in terms of performance and graphics quality (DLSS 1.0 was embarrassingly bad, though), that would mean that developers have little interest in including proprietary technology in their game engines when such a good alternative is openly available. That and the fact that AMD is offering new support for the GTX 10 series graphics cards, while NVIDIA has almost reached the point of planned obsolescence. Time will tell how good the FSR really is, and we look forward to trying it out.
AMD Radeon RX 6000M GPUs appear in gaming laptops
Gaming laptops have certainly become more popular since the beginning of the pandemic, and even more so since the shortage of hardware has led to extremely high prices due to high demand. Many PC gamers are now considering buying a gaming laptop because frankly they are more affordable than graphics cards, and gaming laptop prices have barely dropped during the current pandemic. So we see AMD challenging NVIDIA in the gaming laptop market with the Radeon RX 6800M, 6700M and 6600M. Using the RDNA 2 architecture, AMD promises that these graphics cards will perform 1.5 times better than previous RX 5000M notebook GPUs and have more efficient power consumption – less than 43 percent TGP compared to other notebook graphics cards.
Ryzen 5000 APU
Another announcement that gives AMD PC gamers real hope, despite the current craziness in the PC market, is the release of the Ryzen APU with Zen 3 architecture and Radeon graphics. Powerful processors with more cores and integrated Radeon graphics (with eight or seven CUs) allow gamers to play PC games at acceptable frame rates, despite the lack of a dedicated graphics card. The Ryzen 7 5700G and 5600G, priced at $359 and $259 respectively, are a far cry from the budget APUs we’ve long known, but they’re a welcome addition to the Ryzen family with a reasonable upgrade path.
Future Ryzen processors take advantage of AMD’s 3D-V cache
We’ll cover this in another thread, but in short we can say that AMD has found a way to place 64MB 7nm SRAM directly on each set of Ryzen cores to effectively increase L3 cache speed and improve performance. We can discuss this in more detail later.