AMD is bringing performance-boosting SmartShift tech to Linux laptops


AMD continues to prepare the ground for the debut of its SmartShift technology on Linux laptops, and it should hopefully be realized in time for the launch of the next batch of all AMD notebooks.

That’s according to Linux enthusiast site Phoronix.com, which has flagged some recent patches adding elements of support for SmartShift under Linux – which follows a bunch of previous work – and theoretically we can cut Full support for . Linux 5.14 kernel later this year.

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It’s also worth mentioning that AMD once again touched on SmartShift at the recent Computex show, highlighting some of the frame rate boost (on the order of 10% or more) that can be achieved with this technology with Smart Access Memory. can be expected.

SmartShift was first revealed for Windows 10 laptops early last year, and the technology allows for the transfer of power dynamically between the CPU and GPU, providing a rapid performance boost when workloads require it. . However, SmartShift only arrived in 2020 for a single Dell laptop, with the wider rollout being delayed until 2021—and indeed the further SmartShift-toting notebook was eventually shown at Computex.

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Remember that SmartShift requires a laptop with both an AMD processor and graphics card, so in other words, it has to be an all-AMD machine to benefit from the power sharing and reallocating features.

The aforementioned freshly revealed portables from Computex employ the Ryzen 5000 mobile CPU and the new RX 6000 laptop GPU, which made a splash with their ability to outperform Nvidia according to AMD’s own benchmarking (with SmartShift lending a helping hand) has given.

Presumably we’ll eventually see more notebooks that come equipped with SmartShift, and hopefully before too long, Linux laptops are in the bargain — but given how slowly things have progressed so far with this technology, We should probably lower our expectations for now (especially when the lack of an ongoing component is taken into account).

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via Tom’s Hardware

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