AMD launches low-end Radeon 600 GPU series for laptops, but it's only a rebranded old Radeon 500 lineup
AMD is currently looking to consolidate its position in the midrange and high-end desktop GPU sectors, but the red team has not forgotten that a considerable share of revenue also comes from OEM customers who demand refreshes between actual design cycles. To that end, AMD is now introducing the Radeon 600 GPU series focusing on low-end desktop and laptop solutions.
The new Radeon 600 series does not introduce any new architecture and is essentially a rebadging of the previous Radeon 500 series, collating all the low-end models dating back from a few generations. AMD usually does this re-designation whenever OEM refresh their systems and need to advertise the latest components, even if these are not necessarily pertaining to new generations.
In this respect, the latest Radeon RX 640 is based on the previous Radeon 550X, while the Radeon 540X is now known as the Radeon 630, and the same applies to the Radeon 535 now known as the Radeon 625, the Radeon 530 rebrabded to Radeon 620 and the Radeon 520 is now the Radeon 610. All models are limited to a 64-bit memory bus, come with 2 or 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The Radeon RX 640 and 630 models feature the Polaris 12/23 14 nm architecture, while the 625, 620 and 610 models are based on the older 28 nm node. Other specs are identical with those from the previous Radeon 500 models.
This is a preemptive move from AMD in order to sync the OEM offer with the upcoming Intel Gen 10 Core CPU series that will be hitting the laptop market in late Q3 this year. Of course there are no price points, since these are intended for OEM integrators, but the Raedon 600 series will most likely be featured on entry-level laptops in the US$300-400 range.