While AMD processors have been a competitive choice on a multitude of modern laptops in recent years, AMD graphics cards have failed to win quality designs so far.
That, however, is slowly changing with the release of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Mobile series of GPUs (up to RX 6850M XT as of 2022), based on the AMD RDNA2 architectures, with powerful compute units, variable-rate shading, RT acceleration, and AMD Infinity Cache.
In all fairness, AMD mobile graphics have not been proper alternatives to the Nvidia mobile options up till now, but with RDNA2 that promises a 50% increase in performance and 40% reduction in power use, AMD laptop GPUs now stand a chance. There are a couple of different GPU sub-series as part of the RX 6000 lineup:
- Radeon RX 6850M XT – designed for 1440p+ gaming, with a design power of 130-165 W, meant for full-size performance notebooks;
- Radeon RX 6800M – designed for 1440p gaming, with a design power of 145+ W, meant for full-size performance notebooks;
- Radeon RX 6800S – designed for 1080p gaming in ultraportable performance notebooks, with a design power of up to 105W;
- Radeon RX 6700M – designed for 1440p and 1080 gaming, with a design power of up to 135W, a more affordable mid-range chip;
- Radeon RX 6700S – designed for 1080p gaming in ultraportable performance notebooks, with a design power of up to 105W;
- Radeon RX 6600M – designed for 1080p gaming, with a design power of up to 100W and meant for ultraportable designs.
We’ll have a quick look at these chips down below and explain what they’re meant for, and then in the second part of the article, we’ll go through all the available/announced laptops to feature this sort of 2021 AMD graphics.
The majority of these products pair an AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon graphics, which also enables the AMD Advantage framework of software and hardware technologies meant to amplify your performance and everyday experience, such as SAM – Smart Acces Memory or SmartShift or Radeon Boost/Chill or FreeSync, among others. Of course, you should always look past the marketing and check out detailed reviews in order to decide on the best product for your needs and within your budget.
Nonetheless, I expect that laptops based on RX 6000 AMD graphics to be options worth at least considering with this generation, unlike in the past. They should also have a price advantage over their Nvidia-based piers, from what we know so far, and AMD promises there won’t be major compromises with these products, which will benefit from modern designs, good quality screens (144+ Hz, low latency, 300+ nits, and at least 100% sRGB), fast storage and long battery life, alongside the performance you’d expect from a 2021 gaming device.
Ok, so here’s a quick summary of these Radeon RX 6000 options.
|RX 6850M XT||RX 6800M||RX 6800S||RX 6700M||RX 6600M|
|Compute Units &
|Power||140-165W||145+ W||up to 100W||up to 135W||50-100W|
|Clocks||2463 MHz||2300 MHz||1975 MHz||2300 MHz||2177 MHz|
|Memory||12 GB GDDR6||12 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||10 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6|
|Memory Width||192 bit||192 bit||128 bit||160 bit||128 bit|
|Infinity cache||96 MB||96 MB||32 MB||96 MB||32 MB|
|Meant for||1440p gaming
full-size performance laptops
full-size performance laptops
portable performance laptops
|1080p or 1440p gaming
mid-range gaming laptops
budget gaming laptops
It’s difficult to properly judge the performance of these chips at this point, especially since the TGPs might vary between the different implementations. We do have some gaming results for you down below, based on the data presented by AMD, and we’ve also covered the 6800M powered ROG Strix G15 Advantage in this separate article, which includes some benchmarks and gaming results.
For the most part, though, expect the 6800M to deliver 60+ fps at QHD resolution with maximum settings, and trade blows in performance with high-powered RTX 3070s and mid-powered 3080s. That aside, AMD advertises the 6700M at 100+ fps at QHD resolution with High Settings, and the 6600M at 60+ fps at FHD resolution and Max Settings. This latter chip should be a match for the RTX 3060 chips out there, and we can only hope that at a similar power package (since the AMD slides do not mention this important detail). There’s very little about Ray Tracing performance in these launch slides, and that could suggest that Nvidia still has an edge in RT, if that’s something that matters to you.
Nonetheless, take all these suppositions and numbers with a grain of salt and look for our future reviews for a more in-depth analysis of these AMD Radeon graphics platforms.
Radeon RX 6850M XT, 6800M, 6700M and 6600M laptops
The reminding of this article lists the complete selection of laptops built on the top-tier RX Radeon chips, namely the full-power RX 6850M XT and RX 6800M, as well as the efficient RX 6800S hardware meant for ultraportable designs. Initially, we also included mid-tier RX 6700M and 6600M units in here, but we’re transitioning those to a separate article in the next few days. Come back for updates.
The list is a work in progress, so if you spot any mistake or something that should be in here and is not, please let us know about it in the comments sections down below.
|Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage||15.6-inch 16:9 IPS FHD 300 Hz or QHD 165Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 5900HX / max 32 GB RAM DDR4-3200||up to Radeon RX 6800M 145+W||5 lbs /2.05 kg|
|mid-range design; plastic and metal build, matte black design with bright red elements; 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard without NumPad; 16:9 matte display with narrow bezels and FHD 300 Hz or QHD 165 Hz panels with 100% DCI-P3 colors, all with AMD FreeSync; up to R9 and RX 6800M, with SAM and Smartshift, 2x RAM sticks and 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs with RAID0; high power settings and vapor chamber thermal module; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery; dual speakers; 280W charger|
|Price: from $1650 – latest configurations and updated prices|
|Asus ROG Strix G17 Advantage||17.3-inch 16:9 IPS FHD 300 Hz or QHD 165Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 5900HX / max 32 GB RAM DDR4-3200||up to Radeon RX 6800M 145+W||5.95 lbs /2.7 kg|
|17-inch version of the Strix G15 Advantage above|
|2022 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402||14-inch 16:10 FHD+ IPS 144 Hz / QHD+ IPS 120 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 6900HS / max 48 GB RAM DDR5-4800||up to RX 6800S (80-105W), MUX||3.65 lbs / 1.65 kg|
|2022 model; lightweight magnesium build; updated 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 screens with updated fast/wide-gamut panels and camera; 1x memory slot + 8/16 GB soldered RAM, single M.2 PCIe gen4 storage slot; AMD exclusive with up to Ryzen 9 HS and Radeon RX 68900HS 105W with Smart Shift; 76 Wh battery, 240W charger; quad-speakers|
|Price: from $1199 – to be updated|
|HP Omen 16||16.1-inch 16:9 IPS QHD 165Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 5900HX / max 32 GB RAM DDR4-3200||Radeon RX 6600M ?? W||5.1 lbs /2.3 kg|
|portable design and metal build; 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard without NumPad; includes SD card-slot and HDMI 2.1 port; 16:9 matte display with narrow bezels and QHD 165 Hz panel with 100% sRGB colors and AMD FreeSync; up to R9 and RX 6600M – to be updated, 2x RAM sticks and 1x M.2 gen4 SSD; 70 or 83 Wh battery; dual speakers; 200W charger|
|Price: TBA – latest configurations and updated prices|
|Lenovo Legion 5||15.6-inch 16:9 IPS FHD 165Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 5900HX / max 32 GB RAM DDR4-3200||Radeon RX 6600M 75-100 W||5.3 lbs /2.4 kg|
|reviewed here and here in RTX configurations; standard design and plastic chassis, but good build quality; 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad; includes SD card-slot and HDMI 2.1 port; 16:9 matte display with narrow bezels and QHD 165 Hz panel with 100% sRGB colors and AMD FreeSync; up to R7 and RX 6600M 100W, or up to RTX 3070 140W with Nvidia GPUs, 2x RAM sticks and 2x M.2 SSDs; 60 or 80 Wh battery; dual speakers; 230W charger|
|Price: from $1299 – latest configurations and updated prices|
|MSI Alpha 15||15.6-inch 16:9 IPS FHD 144/240Hz matte||up to Ryzen 7 5800H / max 32 GB RAM DDR4-3200||Radeon RX 6600M ?? W||5.1 lbs /2.3 kg|
|entry-level design and plastic chassis; red/RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad; 16:9 matte display with narrow bezels, up to 240Hz panels, AMD FreeSync; up to R7 and RX 6600M with AMD Smartshift, or up to RTX 3060 with Nvidia GPUs, 2x RAM sticks and 2x M.2 SSDs; small 51 Wh battery; dual speakers; 180W charger|
|MSI Delta 15||15.6-inch 16:9 IPS FHD 240Hz matte||up to Ryzen 7 5800H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200||Radeon RX 6700M 100W||4.2 lbs /1.9 kg|
|ultraportable premium design (based on the GS65 series); RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad; 16:9 matte display with narrow bezels, up to 240Hz panels, AMD FreeSync; up to R7 and RX 6700M with AMD Smartshift, 130W combined CPU+GPU power, 2x RAM sticks and 2x M.2 SSDs; 82 Wh battery; dual 2W speakers; 240W charger|
That’s about it for now on this selection of laptops with AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards, but stay tuned for updates, and don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on these in the comments section down below.