Something to look forward to: Last year, AMD announced that it was teaming up with OEMs to produce a new line of gaming laptops dubbed the “AMD Advantage.” The Advantage badge had severe parts limitations, requiring top-of-the-line Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards. It was initially only available for laptops, but AMD recently expanded it to desktop computers.
During AMD’s recent “Gaming Together” presentation, the tech giant announce Expand an existing AMD Advantage program. The company devised the initiative to let less tech-savvy users know they’re getting the best performance out of their new, pre-designed desktop.
The service places strict requirements on what parts a laptop needs to earn the AMD Advantage badge, such as a Ryzen 9 processor, the best mobile GPU currently available, and a 144Hz display or better. After the success of AMD Advantage laptops, I decided to expand the program to pre-built desktop computers.
Current CPU requirements for Advantage desktop computers include either the Ryzen 9 7900X or Ryzen 9 7950X. For graphics cards, your PC must have a Radeon RX 7900 XT or Radeon RX 7900 XTX. The software also requires an X670E motherboard.
Unlike the AMD Advantage laptops, the company has added more requirements for the desktop badge, going so far as to regulate the case itself. Advantage desktops must have a “premium chassis” with tool-free entry, although AMD does not specify what is considered a premium chassis. Additional features required include at least 2TB of NVMe storage, at least 32GB of EXPO-supported DDR5 memory, an 80+ Gold power supply, and the processor must be liquid-cooled.
Advantage desktop computers also come pre-installed with AMD Adrenalin, allowing users to take full advantage of the software’s features right away. These options include Smart Access Memory (SAM), FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), and the most recently announced HYPR-RX.
The HYPR-RX from Red Team combines multiple performance-enhancing features, delivering faster frame rates and lower latency with a single click. The new technology uses FSR to increase frame rates and enables “Radeon Boost” and “Radeon Anti-Lag”, which significantly reduces overall system latency.
A demo of Dying Light 2 with HYPR-RX enabled showed average frame rates going from 90fps to 166fps. Meanwhile, system latency dropped from 30ms to just 11ms. The feature should hit AMD GPUs starting early next year.
Overall, the new AMD Advantage desktops seem to be a great entry point for some users. Especially those who don’t want to pick out parts, take the time to build a desktop, and then set up the computer. Unfortunately, there is no information on when AMD Advantage desktop computers will reach consumers.