Thin and Light gaming laptops are finally a thing, and here is why you can thank AMD for it

When you think of gaming laptops, what comes to your mind mostly are large and heavy pieces of machinery with multiple cooling vents. They are sometimes so cumbersome that carrying them around becomes a hassle and what good use is a laptop if it’s not portable? New innovations, however, are ushering in an era of change in this department and AMD is at the forefront of this revolution. The market is now filled with gaming laptops that are both lightweight and thin yet do not compromise on gaming performance.

This quality of modern laptops to deliver superior gaming performance while still being compact is all thanks to the cutting-edge tech that AMD has perfected over time. Thanks to these innovations, gamers can now finally play their demanding games on powerful laptops that aren’t cumbersome to carry along. Years of research and development have enabled AMD to create this kind of impact on the gaming laptop market. Let’s see how it has achieved this.

AMD Ryzen™ Laptop processors

The arrival of AMD’s Ryzen™processors provided some much-needed competition in the CPU space back in the day. Right now, the company’s Ryzen™6000 range of mobile processors is the go-to CPU series for laptop manufacturers who want super-fast clock speeds as well as better battery performance. Apart from these two factors, another factor was given utmost importance during the development of these CPUs – enabling thin and light form factors. All of this has resulted in a big advantage for gamers.

The AMD Ryzen™6000 series laptop processors ship with the cutting-edge Zen 3+ CPU core as well as the advanced AMD RDNA 2 architecture graphics, making them ideal for playing high-end games on laptops. They employ the 6nm process technology while maintaining up to 8 high-performance cores and 16 processing threads. And it’s these threads that have the capacity to swiftly scale from 45W to 15W, leading to great battery life.

Laptop processors seldom have onboard GPUs powerful enough to play games in 1080p resolution. But the Ryzen™6000 mobile range ships with built-in AMD Radeon 600M graphics for superior visuals. Whether it’s a high-intensity online game with plenty of concurrent players or a AAA RPG with an expansive open world, you can expect top-class performance from Ryzen Mobile CPUs. Plus, there’s the added advantage of technologies like AMD FidelityFX™Super Resolution (FSR) or AMD Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) that greatly enhance the gaming experience.

AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series Mobile GPUs

Gaming laptops ought to have discreet graphic cards to pack a real punch and AMD has that area covered as well. The Radeon™ RX 6000 range beautifully complements the Ryzen™ 6000 range to deliver life-like graphics in your games. Again, these GPUs are made from the ground-breaking RDNA 2 architecture that’s also part of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X consoles.

In particular, it is AMD’s Radeon™ RX 6000S range that is aimed at enabling thin and lightweight laptops weighing under 2 kgs and measuring less than 20mm in thickness. Laptops equipped with these GPUs can easily offer framerates of over 100fps. And needless to say, they support the latest DirectX 12 Ultimate and AMD FidelityFX™ technology-enabled games. A number of smart technologies also make their way into these GPUs. Among them is AMD Smart Shift Max, which increases CPU and GPU performance by varying the power requirement of each depending on demand. There’s also the AMD Smart Access Memory technology that allows the CPU unbridled access to GPU memory.

The AMD Advantage™

Equipping laptops with AMD CPUs and AMD GPUs helps achieve the company’s vision even better and that’s why AMD Advantage™ laptops are truly advanced pieces of machinery. Not only do they amplify the overall performance of the laptop but they also render better visuals thanks to their advanced displays. These premium displays are chosen to enable high refresh rates and low latency and they’re also bright enough to allow high contrast levels. AMD Advantage gaming laptops deliver optimized thermals to stay cool and quiet no matter how long your sessions last. Lastly, and this is not a surprise, these laptops are particularly designed to be lighter and thinner than other gaming laptops.

Thin and light AMD gaming laptops to buy

The market has already been infused with spectacular thin and lightweight gaming laptops with the AMD Advantage™. Among them is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022), which ships with the Ryzen 7 6800HS CPU and the Radeon RX 6700S GPU. This sleek machine tips the scales at just about 1.6kgs and is 19mm in thickness. Another excellent machine is the Lenovo Legion S7, which has the Ryzen 7 5800H at its heart and is just 1.9kgs in weight. Moreover, it’s also a pretty thin laptop, with a thickness of 19mm. That said, there are plenty of thin and light AMD-powered gaming laptops that are about to hit India soon as well.

Bottom line

Thin and lightweight gaming laptops seemed like they were incredibly hard to design only a few years ago. However, leading-edge innovations from AMD have finally made them possible. And the best part of it all is that this has been achieved without compromising in any other department. The future only looks bright for gaming laptops.