Back in 2019, Samsung and AMD agreed to bring AMD’s graphics solution to Exynos mobile chipsets. It has already been two years since the announcement but we have not seen a market-ready product yet. At the same time, there have been multiple rumors and speculations regarding the availability and features of the upcoming Exynos silicon with RDNA 2 graphics. AMD has shed some light on this topic at the ongoing Computex 2021—including some of its features and a launch window.
RDNA 2 in Exynos chipsets:
During her keynote address, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that AMD is collaborating with Samsung for the upcoming Exynos SoC. More importantly, it is the new RDNA 2 microarchitecture that AMD is bringing on the Exynos platform.
RDNA 2 was unveiled last year and it brings tons of new features compared to the first-gen RDNA architecture. It has already been tested in desktops, laptops, current-gen gaming consoles, and it is the first time that it will be available on smartphones.
RDNA 2 features hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, which is a first for Radeon graphics. AMD has already confirmed that the Ray Accelerators are coming to the next-gen chipset. Basically, these accelerators will help render shadows, reflections, and highlights more accurately. For this to work, games should also be able to take advantage of the feature.
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Variable Rate Shading (VRS)
Another feature to highlight is Variable Rate Shading. It is already available on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. This feature reduces the workload on the GPU by varying the shading rate of different regions of the frame. It helps in boosting the graphics rendering speed. Like with Ray Tracing, VRS could go to waste if game developers do not tap into the technology.
For the past few years, Samsung has been heavily criticized for sticking to its in-house chipset when it is clearly behind its Qualcomm counterpart, especially in terms of GPU and power efficiency. Fans are expecting a turn-around with the upcoming AMD-backed Exynos chipset.
RDNA 2 based Exynos chips: Availability
While AMD did not give an exact launch date, it has confirmed that the next-gen Exynos processor (most probably Exynos 2200) with AMD RDNA 2 graphics will be official later this year. We will learn more about its features during the Samsung briefing, which will take place before the launch.
- Meanwhile, check out our gaming review of the Exynos 2100.