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Key highlights of AMD's Computex 2021 keynote

By Aaron Yip - on 1 Jun 2021, 3:23pm

Key highlights of AMD's Computex 2021 keynote

AMD took center stage for the Computex 2021 tech trade show by headlining the virtual keynote for this year's event. Led by AMD President and CEO, Dr Lisa Su, the red company made several announcements during the 40-minutes long keynote, including new Ryzen 5000-Series APU processors, Radeon RX 6000M mobile graphics chips and detailed information of its answer to NVIDIA's DLSS technology, which AMD is calling the FidelityFX Super Resolution.

Here are the key highlights:


New Ryzen APUs - Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 5 5600G

The latest additions to the 5000-Series processors based on the Zen 3 architecture, the Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 5 5600G will have integrated Radeon Vega graphics and come priced at US$359 and US$259 respectively. The flagship Ryzen 7 5700G has an 8-core/16-thread Zen 3 APU with a base clock of 3.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.6GHz, while the Ryzen 5 5600G comes with a 6-core/12-thread design. Both processors will also have a TDP rating of 65W.


AMD Radeon RX 6000M-Series

AMD has been knocking successful punches at Intel on the CPU front. But on the GPU front, its Radeon 6000-Series based on the RDNA 2 architecture, while able to compete with NVIDIA's RTX 30-Series at rasterization, falls behind when it comes to ray tracing and other performance-enhancing features like NVIDIA's extremely useful DLSS. Well, that's still no stopping AMD from taking on NVIDIA in the mobile gaming space.

The Radeon RX 6000M-Series are still based on the RDNA 2 architecture, much like its desktop brethens. It will also be available in three variants - the 6600M, 6700M and the flagship 6800M. It will comes packed with the same features that we've seen on the desktop CPUs, including Infinity Edge, Smart Access Memory (aka Resizable BAR), and FidelityFX Super Resolution. ASUS ROG, Lenovo and MSI are some of the notable notebook brands to have committed to launching a gaming model based on one of the three RX 6000M GPU within these couple of months.


RDNA 2 graphics on new Tesla Model S and Model X electric cars

In one of the more surprising news, AMD also revealed that the new Tesla Model S and Model X electric cars will have Ryzen APUs powering the infotainment system in both cars. It will also come with a discrete RDNA 2 based GPU that is capable of running AAA games, providing up to 10 teraflops of compute power, which seems very likely to be a variant of the RX 6700M GPU.


Bringing custom graphics IP to Samsung's next flagship mobile SOC

Another surprise! RDNA 2 is going mobile. Specifically, AMD will be working with Samsung to bring some of its RDNA 2 technology, such as ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities, to Samsung's next flagship mobile SOC - powering its next flagship smartphones. Samsung will be providing more details about later this year.


AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution

The last key highlight isn't so much about the reveal of the FidelityFX Super Resolution, but that it will also be open-source, and cross-platform compatible even with older cards from NVIDIA and AMD - AMD even demoed an older, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 running on it (as above). Without Tensor cores like the RTX 20 and 30 Series cards, this is only possible through software. As an open-source technology, it is also easier for game developers to integrate it into new and existing titles. AMD will share more details of it as well as supported titles separately on 22 June.

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