The test report on AMD’s RDNA 2 refresh received the most attention among the articles this week. A few months before the launch of the next-gen RDNA 3 series, the (tepid) infusion in the form of Radeon RX 6650 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6950 XT saw the light of day.
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No more than a (lukewarm) infusion
However, the three new graphics cards cannot be described as exciting, instead they are small updates compared to the Radeon RX 6600 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6950 XT, which can absorb a little more energy. therefore clock higher and rely on a slightly faster memory. But that was it, which is why the differences are small. The series also changes little in the pecking order in the benchmarks. For example, the Radeon RX 6950 XT lags behind the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and the Radeon RX 6750 XT lags just behind the GeForce RTX 3070. However, it is positive that all three Radeons are readily available and priced close to the old models higher RRP. Nevertheless, in the end there is a hefty surcharge compared to the predecessors on the market.
The report on the new ID took second place. Software 3.0 and its Park Assist Plus assistance system with memory function in the VM ID.5, which enables automatic parking in various situations – specifically tested using the VW ID.5 as an example. In the end, it doesn’t necessarily park better than the driver. Depending on the scenario, the system was able to successfully perform the automatic parking or not. Ultimately, the assistance system makes sense above all for the last few meters from the street to your own property and from there to your own permanent parking space.
At the end of the week, I advanced the AMD FSR 2.0 test to third place. The temporal upscaler was convincing in the test, even if it didn’t quite come close to DLSS in the first available game (Deathloop). However, both technologies have optical advantages and disadvantages and FSR 2.0 runs not only on certain, but on many generations of graphics cards from AMD, Nvidia and potentially also Intel.
Desktop CPU sales are falling massively
AMD has also made it to first place in the reports, even if the manufacturer is only part of the message. Desktop processors are generally showing falling sales figures, according to analysts this is the largest percentage decline in decades or records since 1993. Sales fell by more than 30 percent in the first quarter, with AMD still in the shrinking market best section. Mercury Research sees the weaknesses primarily in the entry-level market. AMD is not so present in this, so the impact on Intel is significantly greater.
More benchmarks and the Sync 4 infotainment system
Next week there will be more benchmarks for AMD’s FSR 2.0, which has to show in Deathloop how much more performance upsampling can get out of old graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1000 and Radeon RX 500 series. A test of Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system is also on the to-do list.
With this reading material in our luggage, the editors wish you a relaxing Sunday!