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The AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition will be the only SmartShift laptop in 2020

The Dell G5 15 Special Edition can use AMD SmartShift for performance optimizations. (Image source: Dell)
The Dell G5 15 Special Edition can use AMD SmartShift for performance optimizations. (Image source: Dell)
It has been confirmed that the AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition device will be the only laptop that can utilize AMD’s SmartShift technology to be released in 2020. Although the upcoming PS5 will also feature SmartShift capability, there will be no more SmartShift laptops released until 2021 according to Frank Azor.
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We reported about AMD’s useful SmartShift technology back in March and even opined that many gamers would not get to enjoy the feature due to it being limited to one OEM at the time: Dell. However, it has now been confirmed that there will be no other SmartShift laptops released this year, leaving the Dell G5 15 Special Edition with Renoir APU and Radeon GPU as the only laptop available to take advantage of the power-sharing feature.

Frank Azor, who was formerly an executive at Dell but is now working with AMD, answered a question on Twitter about AMD SmartShift technology featuring on other laptops. Azor stated that it was Dell that was first to take up the offer in regard to developing a new all-AMD laptop, as SmartShift operates between a Ryzen 4000 APU and Radeon GPU. It seems there will be no other SmartShift laptops released in 2020, leaving those interested in the technology with the choice of the Dell G5 15 Special Edition.

Of course, gamers may get the opportunity to test out SmartShift, which allows the CPU or GPU to shift power from the other central processing component to help optimize CPU-heavy or GPU-intensive tasks, with the upcoming PS5 console. But those who prefer to game on a laptop will have to wait until at least 2021 before further options become available to them. The Dell G5 15 SE can be configured with either an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H APU combined with a Radeon RX 5600M GPU.

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-06- 6 (Update: 2020-06- 7)