AMD CES 2021 Keynote: How to Watch and What to Expect
AMD ended 2020 on a bang thanks to the launch of its latest Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards, both of which have received critical acclaim from the press and the satisfaction of game fans.
With the CES just around the corner, AMD is likely to step onto the virtual stage again. CEO Lisa Su presents AMD’s vision for the future of research, education, work, entertainment and gaming, including a portfolio of high-performance computing and graphics solutions, “the company said, without further specifying what products might be featured.
Su’s keynote is scheduled for January 12th. Given the ongoing state of the pandemic, CES is moving to a fully virtual format, which is good news for tech fans. For gamers interested in the latest AMD announcements, this means that unlike in previous years, you don’t have to be in Las Vegas to participate. The company’s press conference will be broadcast live this year and made available to the public.
Here’s how to watch AMD’s CES 2021 keynote
Su’s keynote is expected to begin on Jan. 12 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET. As with AMD’s recent reveal of the Ryzen 5000 desktop and the debut of the Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards, fans can check out AMD’s YouTube channel or AMD’s CES page to watch the stream live.
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If you can’t tune in live, you can also watch Digital Trends’ CES 2021 coverage for the latest news about AMD and other tech companies from the show.
What to Expect from the AMD CES Event
While AMD hasn’t indicated what might be announced, we expect the company to roll out updates to its console, PC, and mobile platforms. AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture is featured in the latest Microsoft and Sony gaming consoles, including the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, and desktops come with Radeon RX 6000 graphics. Its desktop processor, the Ryzen 5000 series, was a hit with gamers. Given that these products have only been launched in the past few months, we don’t expect AMD to announce next generation chips, but AMD’s presentation is sure to bring some surprises.
We can probably expect AMD to showcase its mobile products at CES 2021. Given the success of Ryzen 4000 mobile processors on laptops, the company could likely use the venue to showcase its – if unconfirmed – next-generation Ryzen 5000 mobile chipset. Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs are expected to be based on the same Zen 3 architecture that AMD introduced on the desktop variant, and the company will likely focus on increasing performance, energy efficiency, and gaming.
In that case, AMD is likely to showcase some mobile designs from some of its partners. Notable Ryzen 4000 partners include Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. With Ryzen 5000 Mobile, we can expect a range of laptops ranging from sleek and lightweight designs that rival Intel’s ultrabooks, to game-centric notebooks that either feature AMD’s Radeon graphics or even the next-gen mobile graphics from Nvidia can be combined. As a reference, Nvidia has not yet announced its GeForce RTX 3000 series GPUs for laptops.
With the Ryzen 5000 mobile notebooks, AMD can also compete against the 11th generation of Intel’s Tiger Lake processors, renewing the rivalry between the two companies.
It’s also unclear whether AMD will address the recent bottlenecks that have plagued the latest desktop silicon. as well as GPUs from Nvidia. at CES 2021. While Nvidia had been giving updates on its GPU deficiency, AMD has so far been silent on the issue after previously annoying its competitor.