Weekly review and outlook: RDNA-2 refresh, FSR 2.0 and parking with ID Software 3.0


Among the articles this week, the test report on AMD's RDNA 2 refresh received the most attention. A few months before the launch of the next-gen RDNA 3 series, the (tepid) infusion saw the light of day in the form of Radeon RX 6650 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6950 XT.

Not more than a (lukewarm) infusion

However, the three new graphics cards cannot be described as exciting, instead they are small updates compared to the Radeon RX 6600 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6950 XT, which are allowed to absorb a little more energy. therefore clock higher and rely on a slightly faster memory. But that was it, which is why the differences are small. The series also changes little in the pecking order in the benchmarks. For example, the Radeon RX 6950 XT lags behind the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and the Radeon RX 6750 XT lags just behind the GeForce RTX 3070. However, it is positive that all three Radeons are readily available and priced close to the old models higher RRP. Nevertheless, in the end there is a hefty surcharge compared to the predecessors on the market.

The report on the new ID took second place. Software 3.0 and its Park Assist Plus assistance system with memory function in the VM ID.5, which enables automatic parking in various situations – specifically tested using the VW ID.5 as an example. In the end, it doesn't necessarily park better than the driver. Depending on the scenario, the system was able to successfully perform the automatic parking or not. Ultimately, the assistance system seems to make sense above all for the last few meters from the street to your own property and from there to your own permanent parking space.

I moved to third place End of the week the test of AMD FSR 2.0. The temporal upscaler was convincing in the test, even if it didn't quite come close to DLSS in the first available game (Deathloop). However, both technologies have optical advantages and disadvantages and FSR 2.0 runs not only on certain, but on many generations of graphics cards from AMD, Nvidia and potentially also Intel.

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    With this reading material in your luggage, the editors wish you a relaxing Sunday!