AMD Announces Radeon RX 6000M Series with RDNA 2 Architecture

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AMD has announced its highly anticipated Radeon RX 6000M series of mobile GPUs, with its RDNA 2 architecture.

Today’s release consists of three chips: the RX 6800M (configurable at 145W and above), the RX 6700M (up to 135W), and the RX 6600M (up to 100W). AMD says the flagship 6800M delivers the fastest AMD graphics for laptops yet; it claims that the 6800M will run modern AAA games at frame rates comparable to or better than Nvidia’s mobile RTX 3080. It is also said to outperform the Nvidia chip when gaming on battery.

AMD says the RX 6700M will deliver up to 100 fps “in popular games” at 1440p resolution. The 6600M is better for “epic 1080p gaming”. Keep an eye out for independent reviews of these chips in the coming weeks for a better idea of ​​the performance you can expect from each chip.

The 6000M series will be available from June 1.

Radeon RX 6000M Series

GPU Power target Computing Units / Jet Accelerators Game Clock (MHz) Memory (GDDR6) Infinite cache
GPU Power target Computing units / jet accelerators Game Clock (MHz) Memory (GDDR6) Infinite cache
Radeon RX 6800M 145W and above 40 2300 12GB 96MB
Radeon RX 6700M Up to 135W 36 2300 10GB 80MB
Radeon RX 6600M Up to 100W 28 2177 8GB 32 MB

AMD also announced AMD Advantage, a new “design framework initiative” intended to encourage OEMs to include certain features on their AMD-powered systems, and to tell consumers which Ryzen- and Radeon-powered laptops AMD thinks they are the best. It seems to be a similar idea to Intel’s Evo program, but it’s only for gaming laptops and the standards look much stricter. AMD Advantage laptops are expected to include:

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile Processors, Radeon 6000 Graphics and Radeon Software
  • Support for AMD’s Smart Access Memory and Smart Shift technology
  • A display that achieves at least 300 nits of brightness, covering either 100 percent of the sRGB gamut or 72 percent of the NTSC gamut, has a minimum refresh rate of 144 Hz 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

It’s unclear how many laptops will actually meet all of these standards. Forty degrees Celsius is almost as hot as keyboards in the middle. But there aren’t many gaming rigs out there that reliably break 10 hours of video playback on battery, and many of the best gaming laptops out there, with a maximum brightness of less than 300 nits. That said, all types of Intel Evo certified laptops also don’t meet all Evo requirements in my testing – units and methodologies may vary.

The first AMD Advantage laptop to be announced is the new ROG Strix G15 from Asus. This can be configured with up to 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.