The rumor mill has been rife with buzzes about AMD’s upcoming 7nm Navi laptop GPUs. Enough with the chatter! We are starting to see actual hardware launches.

Just a few days ago, MSI launched the Alpha 15 gaming notebook. It comes with AMD’s Radeon RX 5500M Navi GPU, a Ryzen 7 3750H CPU, and a 15.6-inch 144Hz FreeSync display.

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(Image Credit: MSI)

The RX 5500M represents the first attempt by AMD to bring its RDNA architecture and latest 7nm process technology to laptop gamers. Based on performance-per-watt, this GPU performs 1.6 times better than the current generation of Radeon cards, according to AMD.

The 7 nm process is behind the performance improvement as it enabled the Santa Clara-based tech giant to increase the transistor density on its semiconductor dies, allowing 6.4 billion transistors to fit in a die size of just 158mm2. The previous generation of cards that were based on the 14nm Polaris platform would only accommodate 5.7 billion transistors in a die size of 232mm2.

Semiconductor dies are pieces of a Silicon wafer – a thin slice of semiconductor used to fabricate integrated circuits (image credit: samfabersf Pixabay)

A higher number of smaller transistors means less power consumption and more GPU horsepower. Hence, the 7nm process will drive efficiency and performance gains in upcoming AMD Navi laptops.

RX 5500 M specifications

Game clock Up to 1448 MHz
Boost Clock 1645 MHz
SP compute Up to 4.6 TFLOPS
Compute Units 22
Memory 4GB GDDR6
Memory bandwidth 224 GB/S
TDP 85W
Memory Interface 128-bit
Stream processors 1408

Performance improvements are evident in the clock speeds of the RX 5500M, but it’s too early to settle on numbers until actual tests emerge online. Still, the card comes with 4GB GDDR6 memory and 1408 stream processors, which are sufficient to take you on a 1080P ride in your favorite game.

Into the bargain, the card comes with Radeon™ Anti-Lag6, AMD Radeon FreeSync™9, and Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology, AMD FidelityFX, and Radeon™ Image Sharpening (RIS)5, all of which are aimed at delivering stutter-less, crisp visuals and flexibility to gamers.

AMD claims the RX 5500M is faster than Green team’s GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Mobile GPUs, though no independent testers have confirmed those claims. Be that as it may, this GPU is bringing solid 1080p gaming to those who like to game on the go.

Besides harnessing the power of AMD’s latest CPU and GPU platforms, the MSI Alpha 15 boasts the title of the first 7nm gaming laptop. The base model, which comes with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, is priced at $999 (MSRP).

By the look of things in the gaming market, this laptop is positioned against laptops that are built on Intel’s and NVidia’s architecture, such as the MSI GL65.

MSI Alpha 15 specifications.

  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080), 144Hz IPS-Level Thin Bezel Display, 120Hz IPS-Level Thin Bezel Display, support AMD Radeon FreeSync technology or 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080)
  • Processor: Up to AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5500M 4GB GDDR6
  • Keyboard: Per-Key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries (optional)
  • Storage: 1x M.2 SSD Combo slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3 / SATA) 1x 2.5-inch HDD
  • Audio: Hi-Res Audio, Giant Speaker (2 x 2W), Nahimic 3
  • Dimensions: 14.08 x 9.76 x 1.08-inch 5.07 lbs

MSI alpha 15 will launch later this month.

Stay tuned as we will be posting releases of future AMD Navi-powered laptops.

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