Tesla’s Model S Is As Powerful a Gaming Rig As PlayStation 5
Tesla’s redesigned Model S sedan for 2021 could be the perfect companion for road trips. In addition to a top speed of 200 mph, you also get the power of Sony’s PlayStation 5 to keep you entertained throughout the trip.
In its late January press release, Tesla didn’t reveal which processor or GPU will power its 2021 Model S, but we’re now learning that the rig can run on the same AMD graphics architecture found on game consoles and PCs. A leaked scheme by Patrick Schur revealed that Tesla could use AMD’s Navi 23 graphics processor in the new Model S, which would mean the car would use the same RDNA 2 architecture as some popular gaming systems.
AMD’s latest RDNA 2 architecture has been featured in high-performance PCs and consoles ranging from Sony’s PlayStation 5 to Microsoft’s Xbox Series X to graphics cards like the Radeon RX 6000 series. RDNA 2 not only ensures a significant increase in performance, but also enables AMD to remain competitive with rival Nvidia, as the graphics chip finally supports the real-time ray tracing function for cinematic gaming visuals.
While Tesla hasn’t detailed all of the games you can play in the vehicle with 10 teraflops of processing power – unlike desktop gaming PCs, you may not be able to install and run any game as Tesla will likely create a curated dash of experience for drivers and Passengers. From the company’s published pictures of the updated interior, we know that Model S drivers can play The Witcher 3 on the sedan’s front and rear screens, and CEO Elon Musk added on Twitter that the car can handle Cyberpunk 2077 with no problems .
“The aesthetics of cyberpunk are incredible, by the way,” he added in a subsequent tweet describing the in-vehicle gaming experience. It is unclear what additional titles will be supported or when they will be released.
The provision of the play experience on the Model S follows Musk’s vision for an autonomous driving future. In a previous interview with Elektrek, the CEO expressed a desire to focus on playing in the car in order to keep all occupants of the car busy and entertained when self-driving vehicles become a reality.
Schur also announced that the Navi 23 GPU supports up to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, similar to AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards, as well as a 128-bit memory bus that offers a maximum bandwidth of 224 GB per second, according to VideoCardz similar to the Xbox Series X. There is also PCIe Gen 4 support.
Given the information from the chart, the publication speculated that the Model S’s RDNA 2 graphics are clocked at 2.44GHz and that the GPU comes with 32 processing units (CU), although this is not confirmed.
If all of this sounds good to the gamer inside you, the cost of boredom is $ 81,190. This would make the new Model S the most expensive gaming rig on the market today. The Model S is priced above expensive rigs from PC boutique manufacturers like the Aventum X from Digital Storms and the Talon desktop towers from Falcon Northwest. It even makes Apple’s fully loaded Mac Pro seem affordable by comparison for $ 52,000. But here you can also get an electric vehicle that could go from zero to 60 in just under two seconds.
Tesla said the updated Model S will ship in the first quarter of this year, though it’s unclear whether the car’s graphics silicon will face the same shortages that plagued AMD and Nvidia’s GPUs. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, stated earlier this year that the GPU shortage is expected to extend into the first half of this year, while the CFO of Nvidia predicted late last year that the situation might not change until after the first few months of 2021 will improve.