If you’re interested in testing out AMD’s new SmartShift technology this year, Dell will be the only ticket. Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions (and Alienware co-founder) Frank Azor has confirmed that the G5 15 SE will be the only laptop shipping in 2020 with the novel feature, which intelligently shifts power between systems that contain both an APU and discrete GPU.
It’s a brand new technology and to @dell credit they jumped on it first. I explained reasons why during my interview with @pcworld @Gordonung @BradChacos No more SmartShift laptops are coming this year but the team is working hard on having more options ASAP for 2021.— Frank Azor (@AzorFrank) June 4, 2020
“AMD SmartShift enabled notebooks feature a hardware boosting interface between the Processor and Graphics with machine learning algorithms to automatically boost performance where workloads demand it,” explained AMD. “This interface links the common Infinity Control Fabric blocks together so that the CPU and GPU react quickly to different workloads.”
The benefits, according to AMD, are potential performance boosts of up to 14 percent. Users can test this claim later this month, as Dell will be shipping out the G5 15 SE in just a few weeks. The most expensive model ($1,299) comes with a Ryzen 7 4800H processor, 16 GB of memory, and a 1 TB M.2 SSD.