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AMD: our SmartShift tech will be on just one single laptop in 2020

Dell's G5 15 SE gaming laptop will be the only one with AMD SmartShift technology this year.

@anthony256
Published Sat, Jun 6 2020 5:28 AM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:19 PM CDT

AMD introduced its SmartShift technology earlier this year, tacked onto the new Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" APUs.

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What is SmartShift and why does it matter? SmartShift is a pretty kick ass TDP management feature that can can dynamically adjust resources between a Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU. This means that if the CPU needs more juice (remember, it's a laptop) then it will pull TDP resources from the GPU and throw them on the CPU, and vica versa.

Well, it will only be on a single laptop throughout the entire of 2020: Dell's G5 15 SE gaming laptop. The news comes directly from ex-Alienware and now Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions at AMD, Frank Azor.

In the recent "The Full Nerd" podcast by PCWorld, Azor said that laptop roadmaps are planned at least a year in advance and that most laptop makers didn't think AMD's new Ryzen 4000 mobile platform and SmartShift would be a big deal. So they waited, but because of the 1-year planning on laptops, Dell has a kinda exclusivity with SmartShift for 2020.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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