Lab – A look back at the amazing gaming performance of AMD’s Ryzen 7 6800U

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The ZenBook S 13 Oled has an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor. The Ryzen 6000s inaugurate the Radeon 680M graphics part equipped with RDNA 2 cores from desktop graphics cards. Update on the performance of this new integrated graphics part.

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The AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, which takes place in the Asus ZenBook S 13 Oled, has the distinction of carrying a new iGPU. AMD has integrated into the Zen 3+ architecture of its Ryzen a graphics part equipped with RDNA 2 cores from the Radeon RX 6000, with the key to a significant gain for Ryzen’s graphics performance.

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AMD Ryzen 6000 processors and their features.

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The Ryzen 7 6800U is the only low-power processor that delivers 12 compute units, called the Radeon 680M, while the Ryzen 5 6600U settles for six units called the Radeon 660M. AMD also rejects its RDNA 2 cores on processors of 35 Watts and above. However, the vast majority of these are accompanied by laptop manufacturers with a dedicated GPU and are therefore not used in the game.

During its presentation in January at the CES high-tech fair, AMD was full of praise for the possibilities of its new iGPU, which we also got a glimpse of during the ZenBook S 13 Oled test.

First, we compared the performance of the Radeon 680M found in the Ryzen 7 6800U of the ZenBook S 13 Oled with the iGPU (Vega 7) Ryzen 5 5500U from AMD, present in the ZenBook 13 Oled tested last year. , and with Intel’s Iris Xe, present in the Core i7-1280P in the Laptop Framework, using three games that we use to evaluate the iGPUs.

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Average in-game frames per second.

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By playing Diablo 3 at 1080p with all details maxed out, the Ryzen 5 5500U’s Vega 7 iGPU gets 29 fps; for its part, the Iris Xe outputs 35 fps and the Ryzen 7 6800U 65 fps. On the latter, it would therefore be possible to increase the definition to achieve comfort, since the ZenBook S 13 Oled panel has a resolution of 2880 x 1800. Overwatch, also at 1080p but with a 100% preset, the iGPU Vega 7 goes up to 45 fps, the Iris Xe offers 75 fps, while the Radeon 680M hovers at 124 fps. Last test on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in 1080p, with the details set to a minimum: ZenBook 13 Oled and its Ryzen 5500U do not even finish the benchmark, Iris Xe achieves 27 fps on average and Radeon 680M reaches 33 fps.

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But we wanted to go a little further by submitting the Ryzen 7 6800U to our entire gaming panel, which defines the GPU performance index for laptops. This panel includes Call Of Duty Black Ops, Control, Cyberpunk 2077, GodFall and The medium. Only missing: Metro Exodus EE, which uses Ray tracing by default and would bring the iGPU to its knees even with the settings at minimum. However, we made a big concession by setting all settings to a minimum with the presets available in game.

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Number of images per second with “low” setting in 1080p.

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Across our panel of games, the Radeon 680M from the Ryzen 7 6800U performs well, averaging just over 30 fps. The activation of FSR provides a significant gain in fluidity, and in certain cases it allows the level of detail to be raised a notch, especially in Fall of God.

The synthetic benchmarks confirm the results we achieved in the game. As announced by AMD, we see almost a doubling of performance when going from the Vega of Ryzen 5000 to the Radeon 680M of Ryzen 7 6000. The Iris Xe from Intel sits between the two AMD solutions, with a significant advantage on the graphics driver side for the reds.

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Results in synthetic benchmarks.

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The switch to RDNA 2 architecture on the Ryzen 6000 offers a welcome performance boost. All the games in our panel have been tested and are fluid, of course with compromises on the details, although nothing prevents us from choosing among less demanding titles. With the iGPU on its Ryzen 6000, AMD takes a significant advantage over Intel’s Iris Xe, especially since the latter should not be renewed for some time.

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