AMD rumored to launch a 6 nm Radeon RX 6000S refresh for its RDNA2 mobile GPU lineup in Q1 2022
The same source (Disclosuzen) that revealed the existence of the AMD 4800S Desktop Kit recently tipped Videocardz on an posible refresh for the mobile RDNA2 GPUs coming early next year. This refresh could be called Radeon RX 6000S (Super?) and is apparently produced on the N6 nodes at TSMC. Twitter user Greymon55, who previously leaked information about upcoming 6 nm mobile RDNA2 versions back in September now believes that, if AMD is sticking with the RX 6000S naming scheme, this could also apply to the ZEN3 3D V-Cache CPUs ending up named Vermeer S.
AMD does not have a full RNDA2 mobile roster as of yet, and this refresh might only be for the high-end and mid-range models, as pointed out by Videocardz. A desktop GPU refresh arguably makes more sense here, since AMD does not seem to be capturing more mobile GPU market share with limited RX 6800M, 6700M and 6600M supplies. Yet Nvidia is preparing to upgrade the high-end mobile GPUs, as well, so AMD may decide to counteract this move with refreshed models.
The 6 nm GPU refresh is expected to improve power efficiency and clock speeds with an 18% higher logic density, but the more important advantage over the 7 nm models is that N6 GPUs remain compatible with existing 7 nm boards, which means that AMD can shorten production cycles and possibly increase supplies.
Q1 2021 is shaping up to be quite a busy time of the year for the laptop market. We already know that Nvidia is ready to release the RTX 3080 Ti / 3070 Ti mobile GPUs and Intel is expected to launch the laptop versions for the ARC Alchemist lineup. No better time for AMD to announce a mobile GPU refresh, plus this could be synchronized with the Ryzen 6000 Rembrandt mobile CPU launch.