AMD announces the Radeon RX 6000M series with RDNA 2 architecture

AMD has announced its long-awaited Radeon RX 6000M series of mobile GPUs, featuring 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 the 6800M will run modern AAA games at frame rates that are comparable to or better than those of Nvidia’s mobile RTX 3080. It’s also purported to outperform Nvidia’s chip while gaming on battery.

AMD says the RX 6700M will deliver up to 100fps “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 better idea of the performance you can expect from each one.

The 6000M series will be available starting on June 1st.

Radeon RX 6000M series

GPU Power target Compute units / ray accelerators Game clock (MHz) Memory (GDDR6) Infinity cache
GPU Power target Compute units / ray accelerators Game clock (MHz) Memory (GDDR6) Infinity 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 32MB

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

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile processors, Radeon 6000 graphics and Radeon software
  • Support for AMD’s Smart Acess Memory and Smart Shift technology
  • A display that reaches at least 300 nits of brightness, covers either 100 percent of the sRGB gamut or 72 percent 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 under 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 close to as hot as keyboards commonly get in the center. But there aren’t too many gaming rigs that reliably break 10 hours of video playback on battery, and plenty of the best gaming laptops out there max out below 300 nits of brightness. That said, all kinds of Intel Evo-certified laptops also don’t meet all the Evo requirements in my testing — units and methodologies can vary.

The first AMD Advantage laptop to be announced is Asus’ new ROG Strix G15. This can be configured with up to a Ryzen 9 5900Hx, a Radeon RX 6800M, and a 15-inch WQHD 165Hz display with 3ms response time. The G15 will be available at Best Buy in June.

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