ASUS has introduced two new Republic of Gamers (ROG) branded gaming laptops - ROG Strix Scar 17 SE and ROG Flow X16.The first offers as a basis Intel Core processors of 12th generation Alder Lake-HX series, the second is based on the latest AMD Ryzen 6000 chips with Zen 3+ architecture.Both laptops are equipped with GeForce RTX 30-series graphics gas pedals.Image source: ASUS The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE laptop is ready to offer up to the flagship 16-core Core i9-12900HX.It features 8 high-performance and 8 power-efficient cores.The maximum power consumption of the processor itself is 157 watts (the nominal TDP is 55 watts).The laptop can also be equipped with 64GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and two 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs, working in RAID0 mode, which will provide sequential read speeds of up to 14,000 MB/s. The ROG Strix Scar 17 SEThe discrete GeForce RTX 3080 Ti mobile GPU with a TDP of 175W is responsible for the graphics processing here.The notebook cooling system uses an evaporation chamber.And as a thermal interface here is used liquid metal Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut.ASUS claims high CO efficiency and temperatures 15 degrees Celsius lower than those of more traditional solutions.The laptop has a 17-inch display, offered in two versions.It could be a Full HD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 360 Hz, or a QHD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 240 Hz.Both displays have a 3ms response time, a maximum brightness rating of 300 cd/m2, 100 percent DCI-P3 color space coverage, and also offer support for Dolby Vision HDR and Adaptive Sync. ROG Strix Scar 17 SEThe laptop's external interface set consists of one USB 3.2 Gen 2, one Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C), two USB 3.2 Gen 1, one HDMI 2.1 and one 2.5 Gigabit network adapter.Of course, there is also support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 6E wireless standards.It can be charged via USB Type-C with 100W power and runs on a 90Wh battery when in standalone mode.A 330-watt power supply is included.The battery charges up to 50% in 30 minutes. ROG Strix Flow X16The new ROG Strix Flow X16 has a less traditional form factor.The new notebook's screen expands 360 degrees, allowing you to use the notebook as a very powerful tablet.In the maximum configuration, the laptop is ready to offer as the basis of an 8-core and 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS with a TDP rating of 35W.Like the ROG Scar 17 SE model, the novelty can be equipped with up to 64GB of DDR5-4800 standard RAM.However, there is only one M.2 PCIe 4.0 slot available for NVMe SSDs up to 2TB.As a graphics subsystem, the ROG Strix Flow X16 can offer GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with up to 100W TDP.However, the company does not specify whether we are talking about a graphics card built directly into the laptop itself or the gas pedal is offered as part of the external dock XG Mobile. ROG Strix Flow X16The notebook has a 16-inch 16:10 aspect ratio touchscreen with electronic pen support.The curious thing about it is that it uses Mini LED backlighting with 512 local dimming zones.In addition, the panel is DisplayHDR 1000 certified, has a maximum brightness of 1100 cd/m2, offers 100 percent DCI-P3 color space coverage, QHD resolution support and 165 Hz refresh rate.There's also USB 4, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, one HDMI 2.0b, a proprietary connector for the ROG XG Mobile docking station and a microSD card reader.The laptop is equipped with a 90Wh battery with support for 100W fast charging via USB Type-C.The process of charging the battery to 50% takes 30 minutes.The starting price of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE laptop model is $3500.ROG Strix Flow X16 model will be offered from $1950.About the timing of availability of new products manufacturer did not say anything.
AMD has officially unveiled the Ryzen 6000 family of Rembrandt mobile processors. The series includes eight models of high-performance Ryzen 6000H series for powerful gaming notebooks, as well as two energy-efficient Ryzen 6000U models for thin and compact laptops. In addition, the manufacturer announced a series of mobile processors Barcelo, which are updated Cezanne (Ryzen 5000U).
Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) mobile processors are built on the updated Zen 3+ architecture and use a new 6nm manufacturing process. Novelties are ready to offer up to 8 computational cores with support for up to 16 virtual threads. Ryzen 6000H series models have a claimed TDP range from 35 to 45W. The power efficient Ryzen 6000U models have a dynamic TDP range of 15 to 28W. In other words, the choice in favor of one or another TDP processor will depend directly on the laptop manufacturers themselves. The flagship model of the new H-series is the Ryzen 9 6980HX. The chip offers 8 cores with support for 16 threads and a maximum frequency of 5.0 GHz. The amount of cache memory in the second and third levels of the processor is 20 MB. The youngest model of high-performance Ryzen 6000H processor is Ryzen 5 6600HS. The processor has six processing cores with support for 12 virtual threads, as well as 19 Mbytes of cache memory in the second and third levels. In the Ryzen 6000 series processors, AMD has finally abandoned the built-in Vega generation graphics. The chips now use RDNA 2 graphics architecture. The frequency of the integrated graphics processor and the number of graphics cores depends on the model of the processor. If the junior chip Ryzen 5 6600HS involved six graphics cores with frequencies up to 1.9 GHz, the flagship Ryzen 9 6980HX model has twelve graphics cores running at up to 2.4 GHz. AMD doesn't specify this, but there are 64 stream processors in each graphics core, giving the novelties up to 768 stream processors.
The energy-efficient Rembrandt is represented by Ryzen 7 6800U and Ryzen 5 6600U models. The first one has 8 cores with support for 16 virtual threads, operates in the frequency range from 2.7 to 4.7 GHz and is equipped with 20 Mbytes of cache memory of the second and third levels. The junior model has six cores with twelve virtual threads, runs from 2.9 to 4.5 GHz and has 19 megabytes of cache memory on levels two and three. The senior model has twelve integrated graphics cores based on RDNA 2 architecture, running at up to 2.2 GHz. The junior model has six graphics cores up to 1.9 GHz. The manufacturer claims for the new processors up to 40% lower power consumption for video streaming, up to 30% lower consumption in video conferencing applications and up to 15% lower power consumption for browsing. As for the performance of the integrated graphics, it is up to three times higher in games than direct competitors and up to two times faster than the previous generation of Ryzen 5000 mobile processors, according to AMD. Single-core and multi-core computing performance of Ryzen 6000 processor models is up 10–30% higher than the previous generation. The support of LPDDR5 memory up to 6400 MHz and DDR5 memory up to 4800 MHz, PCIe 4.0, USB4 (40 Gb/s), HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 readiness, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth LE 5.2, AV1 video encoder support is claimed for these processor-based notebooks. Notebooks based on AMD Ryzen 6000 processors will be available in February of this year; There are three models of mobile processors Barcelo series on the architecture Zen 3, built on a 7-nm process technology: eight-core Ryzen 7 5825U, six-core Ryzen 5 5625U and quad-core Ryzen 3 5425U. The first runs in the 2.0 to 4.5 GHz frequency range, the second & ; 2.3 to 4.3 GHz, and the third & ; 2.7 to 4.1 GHz. The eight-core and six-core models each got 20 and 19 Mbytes of Layer 2 and Layer 3 cache memory respectively. The junior quad-core model has 10 Mbytes of cache memory of the second and third levels. These processors use up to 8 Vega graphics cores embedded at 1.5GHz to 1.8GHz. The stated power consumption rating of these chips is 15W.
Image of the motherboard for the future gaming notebook Alienware m17 R5 with AMD Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) processor and Radeon RX 6000 graphics was published by VideoCardz resource. According to a source who provided the resource photos of the board, the laptop on its basis will be the most productive solution in the AMD Advantage program.
AMD Rembrandt processors will use the new FP7 processor socket, which has the same size as the FP6 (25 × 35mm). Well-known insider Patrick Schur has estimated that the chip area of the new processor should be about 208 mm.
AMD Renoir, Cezanne and Rembrandt comparison. Image source: VideoCardz
Also appeared on the web block diagram of AMD Rembrandt processors, which was published by another informant with the pseudonym ExecutableFix. It confirms that Ryzen 6000 mobile processors will be able to offer up to 8 processing cores with support for up to 16 virtual threads. It also confirms that the new chips support the DDR5 RAM standard and PCIe 4.0 interface. In addition, the scheme reports that Ryzen 6000 will use six graphic cores (Workgroup Processors, WGP) of AMD Navi family, most likely on RDNA 2 architecture.
According to VideoCardz, at least three senior models of the new AMD Rembrandt series processors are currently known: the Ryzen 9 6980HX, Ryzen 9 6900HX and Ryzen 7 6800H. All of them are octa-core. However, six-core Ryzen 5 models are also expected to be announced.
According to Wccftech portal, new flagship mobile AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor will be based on 6nm Zen 3+ architecture and will be equipped with integrated RDNA 2 graphics. For the latter the manufacturer is going to use the new marketing name Radeon RX 600M. Directly in the flagship model of the chip will be used graphics core Radeon RX 680M.
At the moment, it is unknown how many Compute Units (CUs) will be present in the «embedded» Radeon RX 680M. However, for the Rembrandt series processors themselves, which will include Ryzen 9 6900HX, rumors attribute the presence of up to 12 CUs. The Ryzen 9 6900HX processor itself is expected to get 8 processing cores with support for 16 virtual threads, 16 Mbytes of L3 cache memory, and 4 Mbytes of L2 cache memory. Since the chip will belong to the HX series, this means that its maximum power consumption (TDP) will be higher than 45W. However, the choice towards one or another TDP value will depend on laptop manufacturers. The processor is also attributed a maximum clock speed of 4.6 GHz. This is similar to the current mobile Ryzen 9 5900HX model. Mobile AMD Ryzen 6000 will get support for DDR5-4800 standard RAM. Nothing is yet known about the support of DDR4 standard RAM. According to VideoCardz, earlier rumors also said that AMD is going to release new desktop hybrid 65W processors with RDNA 2 graphics in the third quarter of next year. We can assume that the integrated graphics of the desktop APU variants will also get new names. The mobile Ryzen 6000 is expected to be announced at CES 2022. AMD has scheduled a press conference for January 4.
First tracks of upcoming Ryzen 6000-series mobile chips codenamed Rembrandt were found in UserBenchmark database. The AMD processor, codenamed 100-000000518-41_N, made its appearance here. The chip operates in the frequency range from 3.9 to 4.1 GHz.
The fact that the copy belongs to the new generation of mobile processors is indicated by the fact that it uses the FP7 processor socket, which, according to rumors, will appear just with the new 6nm Rembrandt processors. In addition, the specified OPN code of the processor has not been noted anywhere before, which also hints at the fact that the UserBenchmark database has the first information about one of the representatives of the upcoming generation of mobile APU from AMD.
Engineering sample of AMD Rembrandt series mobile processor
According to the test results, the said processor scored 111 points in the single-core test, 222 points in the dual-core test and 740 points in the octa-core test. Thus, in its current state, it is slower than the current Ryzen 7 5800H generation Cezanne, which scores about 132, 256 and 875 points respectively in the same tests. Together with the code of the processor in the database also marked the identification number (1CFA 0004) of its integrated graphics core on RDNA 2 architecture, which was accompanied by 512 MB of RAM. The processor was used as part of some Corsair system codenamed Xenomorph. What this device is & ; it is unknown. Perhaps we are talking about a PC model, as the company is not engaged in the production of laptops so far.
The information also reports that the system used a single Corsair DDR5-4800 memory module with CL40 timings as RAM. AMD Rembrandt & ; expected APU series for mobile gaming and workstations on Zen3+ architecture, which will be produced using 6nm process technology.
AMD processor roadmap (Source: VideoCardz)
The new series is attributed to the use of an integrated graphics subsystem based on RDNA 2 architecture, support for PCIe 4.0 interface and RAM of the new DDR5 standard. According to the latest rumors, mass production of Rembrandt series processors has already started. Their announcement is expected at the CES 2022 electronics show.
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