From new laptop chips to a Zen 4 future, here’s what AMD revealed at CES

AMD Ryzen 6000 Series Stage

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AMD announced the Ryzen 5000 series laptop processors at CES 2021 almost exactly a year ago, so it’s no surprise to see that the company has used CES 2022 to announce the Ryzen 6000 series and more products.

Ryzen 6000 Series

The latest chips from the veteran chipmaker are still based on the Zen 3 architecture and offer up to eight cores, 16 threads and a 6nm TSMC manufacturing process (less than 7nm on the 5000 series).

These aren’t the only upgrades, as the Ryzen 6000 series is also getting RDNA2 graphics for the first time. This should give a notable boost to the integrated graphics performance on paper, replacing the Vega graphics that have been used for a while. This GPU also supports hardware-based ray tracing, DirectX 12 Ultimate, and AMD’s FidelityFX super-resolution technology.

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AMD claims that the Ryzen 6000 series offers an average 1.3x boost in processing and a twofold increase in graphics power. This doesn’t seem to come at the expense of endurance, though, as the company claimed the chip range offers up to 24 hours of battery life thanks to new power management features. However, we suspect that this statistic has some caveats (e.g. battery size, processor type).

Otherwise, you can also expect support for DDR5/LPDDR5 memory, Microsoft’s Pluton security processor, PCIe Gen 4, the AV1 codec, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E, and USB 4 at 40 Gbps.

AMD says there will be more than 200 premium laptop designs with the Ryzen 6000 series platform later this year, with the first laptops coming in February.

What else has AMD announced?

AMD Ryzen Zen 4 teases CES 2022

The chipmaker also had a ton to share on the GPU front, but the RX6000S GPU series was arguably the most interesting announcement in this regard. AMD says this series is built specifically for thin gaming laptops (where “S” stands for “slim), consisting of the RX6600S, RX6700S and RX6800S GPUs.

The firm presented a slide shows you what to expect in terms of frames per second (fps) in “the latest AAA and esport gaming titles”. It shows that you can expect 80+ fps at high settings with the RX6600S, 100+ fps at high settings with the RX6700S and 100+ fps at maximum settings with the RX6800S. We’d certainly like to see a more detailed breakdown of performance across different games, but for now it sounds like those looking for thin gaming laptops in 2022 will have a lot more options.

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AMD also had a thing for desktop gamers and offered the RX6500XT. The GPU offers clock speeds of 2.6 GHz, 16 MB infinity cache, 16 compute units and beam accelerators, and a 6nm process. Expect to pay $199 for the card, with availability beginning January 19.

AMD also announced a few new software additions, the biggest feature arguably being Radeon Super Resolution. This feature brings super-resolution FidelityFX technology to “almost every game you own” as opposed to a game that explicitly supports it. The company says you just need to enable it in the GPU software and lower your game’s resolution for the technology to work.

Finally, the company teased the first Zen 4 desktop chip (see above), called the Ryzen 7000 series. The company revealed that the chip is built on a 5nm process and will be available from the second half of 2022. It also briefly demonstrated Halo Infinite running at 1080p on a pre-production chip running 5GHz.

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