AMD brings serious RDNA 2 graphics power to its new Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs

Double the graphics performance and 1.3x faster processing over last gen, so says AMD.
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— “January 4, 2022”

AMD just launched brand new AMD Ryzen 6000 series processors for mobile, which look seriously powerful for gaming on-the-go. The new chips incorporate RDNA 2 silicon, the same architecture powering AMD’s great RX 6000-series GPUs, alongside an improved Zen 3+ core architecture, with tweaks for performance and battery saving.

All sound good? For us gamers it’s the RDNA 2 graphics onboard that should have you really excited. AMD says the new onboard graphics delivers 2x the graphics power of previous Ryzen 5000 mobile chips, and that it’s better than Intel’s Xe graphics in Tiger Lake chips and Nvidia’s discrete MX450 GPU. Big claims, though we’ll have to put all this to the test to be sure.

AMD Lisa Su at CES 2022

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Since these mobile chips are stuffed with the RDNA 2 architecture, Ryzen 6000 technically supports hardware ray tracing too, though I wouldn’t want to put my laptop through that sort of ordeal.

Beyond the graphics, you’ve got a more efficient and secure CPU architecture in Zen 3+, built on TSMC’s 6nm process. That means more effective security, alongside Microsoft Pluton, though also 1.3x faster processing than Ryzen 5000 mobile chips, many of which use the Zen 3 architecture.

There are 50 new power management features implemented since Ryzen 5000, too, for optimal battery life efficiency. The system management firmware is smarter, and AMD’s adaptive power management delivers an “ultra efficient” package, AMD says.

Furthermore, AMD is bringing LPDDR5 memory support to its new chips, for that extra bandwidth, though it’s the USB4 that sounds most interesting of all. That offers double the bandwidth of today’s top USB ports, so pretty great for gaming on an external drive if that’s your thing. There’s also WiFi 6E support to keep you connected up, which is beginning to become the de facto standard for modern routers and laptops now. Though you will need both router and device support to get everything connected up at top speeds.

AMD Ryzen 6000 laptops should begin arriving from AMD’s partners in February, so keep an eye out for them then.

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