AMD enters the game with new RX 6000M mobile graphics and two desktop GPUs

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What you need to know

  • AMD announced the new Radeon RX 6000M mobile graphics and Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 GPUs at CES 2022.
  • The first laptops with Ryzen mobile CPUs and the new Radeon RX 6000M graphics are expected by February 2022.
  • AMD is also working on a new software suite and driver to include Radeon Super Resolution (RSR), working atop FSR.
  • The AMD RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 GPUs will be available from January 19, starting at $199.

AMD used CES 2022 to launch a whole host of new graphics processors, both on mobile and desktop. For laptops, the company expanded its Radeon RX 6000M series of integrated GPUs that are included with the new AMD 6000 series mobile processors, as well as introducing the Radeon RX 6800S range. AMD didn't forget about desktop gamers and launched the Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400.

These new GPUs (both mobile and desktop) make use of AMD's partnership with manufacturer TSMC to unlock the 6nm transistor manufacturing process. This allows the companies to cram far more performance onto the same size chip without sacrificing efficiency. This results in AMD's RDNA 2 technology, which is the backbone for all these new Radeon 6000 GPUs.

Interestingly, these graphics processors don't just support GDDR6 RAM and AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), but also new and enhanced features like AMD Radeon Super Resolution (RSR), a new driver-based technology that works a lot like NVIDIA's DLSS and AMD's own FSR.

Leading the RX 6000M expansion pack is the powerful Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU, which AMD claims can deliver "epic 1440p performance for next-gen premium laptops." It's stated that this GPU alone performance approximately seven percent faster in games on average compared to the previous flagship Radeon RX 6800M.

Joining the Radeon RX 6850M XT are the Radeon RX 6650M XT, Radeon RX 6650M, Radeon RX 6500M, and Radeon RX 6300M. For the RX 6800S range of graphics, AMD is offering the Radeon RX 6800S, Radeon RX 6700S, and Radeon RX 6000S. These three graphics processors are designed for more power-efficient and compact laptops.

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While AMD didn't launch a new flagship desktop-class best graphics card, the company did roll out the Radeon RX 6500 XT and Radeon RX 6400. The 6500 XT is claimed by AMD to offer up to 35 percent faster gaming performance at 1080p compared to similarly capable NVIDIA offerings, whilst the Radeon RX 6400 is designed for use inside OEM systems.

To help with all these new graphics processors, AMD is working on a new version of its software suite. Expected to arrive sometime in Q1 2022, the new software will include support for Radeon Super Resolution that will work wonders with most games on RDNA-based AMD Radeon GPUs. There's also AMD Link 5.0 for streaming games on a phone, tablet, or even another PC.

Whether you're gaming on a desktop or plan to buy a new laptop with AMD internals, you're going to have a good time in your favorite games as we head into 2022.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • The new video cards continue a depressing trend in the market. The 6400 is a non-factor, since it's OEM-only. The 6500 XT was shown off against the RX 570, which is a card from FIVE YEARS AGO. It was essentially an RX 470 with efficiency improvements (bit higher clocks at a lower TDP). In general, they were showing 30-35% performance above a FIVE-YEAR-OLD RX 570. They're also selling it for $30 more than the MSRP of the 570. Yeah, RT hardware and inflation, but this is still a pitiful showing. It's also stuck with 4 GB of VRAM, which we've seen as a failure point for video card longevity over the years (one major reason the RX 580 aged better than the 1060 was its 8 GB VRAM, versus the 1060's 6 GB). The 6500 XT is a viable budget offering, but it's priced near the mid-range. If this were $150, it'd be more of a win. Again, beating a FIVE-YEAR-OLD card for more money isn't the kind of accomplishment worth celebrating.
  • Despite all that, these cards will fly off the shelves