There could be one or two surprises.
As 2021 ᴅʀᴀᴡs ᴛᴏ a ᴄʟᴏsᴇ, tʜᴇ ᴇʏᴇs ᴀɴd ᴇᴀʀs ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ tech wᴏʀld ɪɴevɪᴛably ᴛᴜʀɴ ᴛᴏᴡᴀʀds CES. On Jᴀɴuary 4th, AMD ɪs scʜᴇduʟᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʜᴏʟᴅ a virtual ᴘʀᴇss cᴏɴference. While CES cᴀɴ ᴏꜰᴛᴇɴ ʙᴇ a lɪᴛtle ʟɪɢʜᴛ ᴏɴ PC relᴀᴛed reveals, tʜɪs yᴇᴀʀ ɪs shapɪɴg ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴅɪꜰꜰᴇʀent ᴀs AMD, aʟᴏɴɢ wɪᴛh Intel ᴀɴd Nvidia, ɪs ᴇxᴘᴇᴄᴛed ᴛᴏ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ tʜᴇ wraps ᴏꜰf ᴏꜰ a rᴀɴge ᴏꜰ ɴᴇᴡ ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛs. Lookɪɴg ɪɴᴛᴏ tʜᴇ ᴄʀʏstal bᴀʟʟ, ɪᴛ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀs ᴀs ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ AMD ᴡɪʟʟ ᴀɴɴᴏunce, ᴏʀ ᴀᴛ leᴀst ᴅɪsᴄᴜss ɪᴛs 3D V-Cacʜᴇ CPUs, Rembrᴀɴdt APUs ᴀɴd ɪᴛs enᴛʀʏ ʟᴇᴠᴇʟ Radeᴏɴ RX 6500 XT ᴀɴd RX 6400 GPUs. If ᴡᴇ’re lucky, ᴡᴇ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ɢᴇᴛ sᴏᴍᴇ ɴᴇᴡs ᴏɴ tʜᴇ stᴀᴛᴜs ᴏꜰ Zen 4.Your next upgrade
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On the mobile front, we can expect AMD to unveil its Ryzen 6000 mobile series CPUs. Codenamed Rembrandt, the CPU portion of the chips are based on the 6nm Zen3+ architecture featuring higher clocks and/or slightly improved power consumption over their 7nm Ryzen 5000 series stablemates. The really exciting part about about these chips is the long-awaited inclusion of RDNA 2 integrated graphics. This could deliver a rather dramatic speed up over the outgoing and ageing Vega graphics architecture.
We’ve seen several teases of AMD’s 3D V-Cache enabled CPUs which AMD claims can boost gaming performance by as much as 15%. These CPUs feature a stacked vertical cache. AMD demonstrated a prototype Ryzen 9 5900X with 192MB of L3 cache, a healthy increase over the 64MB of the base model. If these new CPUs really can deliver gains of 15% then can be considered more than just a refresh, so it's likely they will be named as the Ryzen 6000 series, and not receive the XT branding like we saw with the Ryzen 3000 series.
Finally, AMD is expected to reveal its entry level Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 GPUs. Though they’re not expected to set the world on fire with 4K 120fps performance, they will be very welcome additions to the GPU market that is starved of affordable GPUs.
The press conference is expected to be streamed via AMD.com on Tuesday, January 4 at 7 a.m. PT / 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET.