AMD Advantage 2022: 3 × more laptops, stricter criteria, better gadgets

AMD began with quality requirements for laptop design with the introduction of the first generation of mobile 7nm processors, the Ryzen 4000M. At that time, it came with a number of “HS” processors, which excelled in a combination of 35W TDP at the level of standard 45W high-performance mobile processors.

The second step that came last year was the so-called AMD Advantage. This certification went further and could be obtained by laptops equipped with a combination of AMD CPU (APU) with AMD GPU. It included:

  • SmartShift – shared TDP between the CPU and the GPU (when the processor was loitering, the GPU clock could increase and thus increase gaming performance, or vice versa).
  • Smart Access Memory – direct CPU access to the entire graphics memory
  • display requirements (min. 300 nits, 144 Hz FullHD, FreeSync)
  • cooling, power and battery requirements

A total of 7 AMD Advantage-certified models were released last year. But some manufacturers that I do not want to name (Asus), for a change o **** li other elements – those for which many AMD did not think that the manufacturer in this price category could save them. It was mainly the absence of the so-called mux-chip, when the game image from the graphics did not go directly to the video interface, but via the PCIe bus via the APU, which reduced the FPS. What’s the point of technologies that add FPS units when a manufacturer (at its own discretion to save a few dollars on a $ 2,000 notebook) cuts them by 15%?

AMD Advantage 2022

Therefore, AMD has expanded and tightened the requirements for this year’s models.

SmartShift Max

SmartShift, which moves unused CPU watts to the graphics and vice versa, has been upgraded and brings performance shifts across a wider range of games (or higher performance gains).

SmartShift Eco

The second change is new and is called SmartShift Eco. Among other things, it explains why powerful mobile processors series Rembrandt / Ryzen 6000 (H / HX / HS) have as many function blocks as well equipped with integrated graphics and not more trimmed than in previous generations. If the user turns on SmartShift Eco, after disconnecting the laptop from the network, the games will run on the APU graphics, which will prolong the battery life. Of course, the most powerful integrated graphics needed) make sense. Once connected to the network, the games will automatically run on a separate GPU.

SmartAccess Graphics

SmartAccess Graphics is just a more flowery designation for the mandatory presence of a mux-chip, a circuit that prevents a game image with a separate GPU from going to the display via the APU (and overprinting with data going from the processor to the graphics). With this requirement, there can be no situation where SmartShift adds 10% FPS and the absence of a mux-chip then picks up 15% FPS.

Additional requirements

The requirement to support SmartAccess Memory technology remains. AMD also set a requirement for the Ryzen 6000 series processor (so that some manufacturers do not “smartly” use one of the older generations, for which SmartShift Eco would not make much sense). The display refresh rate requirement was also defined for 1440p and 4K models (minimum 120 Hz). The assembly must not lack PCIe 4 NVMe for fast system startup and at least 16 GB of DDR5 memory, which is equipped with two channels.

Despite higher quality requirements, manufacturers are preparing 3x more AMD Advantage-compatible notebooks than last year. There were 7 models, so far over 20 have been reported so far.


Source: Diit.cz by diit.cz.

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