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Tesla has been tiptoeing around revealing their revamped Model S sedan GPU. There was no mention of its specs in their latest press announcement. But now a leaked schematic has given us an inkling of the processing rig. The schematic was posted by Patrick Schur and points towards Tesla using AMD’s Navi 23 graphics processor giving it the same RDNA 2 architecture as a Sony PlayStation 5. So, in addition to a top-notch, redesigned car that can cruise up to 200 miles per hour, you’re going to find you are well entertained on long journeys. 

AMD’s latest RDNA 2 tech is at the heart of some of the most powerful PC gaming setups on the market. With its boosted performance and efficiency it has been a game-changer for this year’s hottest upgraded consoles like Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. The capabilities have made a big difference to the graphic card market as seen by the Radeon RX 6000 series cards. Now AMD is beginning to outdo their competition at Nvidia with its cutting-edge architecture now that they support real-time ray tracing and can handle cinematic level imagery.

Being able to game in the backseat is going to put an end to all those ‘Are we there yet?’ moments. Chuong Nguyen at digitaltrends predicts it could wind up being a great road trip buddy.

Tesla Model S
Tesla refreshed Model S design. Image credit: pledgetimes.com

It is well-known that Tesla company CEO Elon Musk has a passionate future vision where automated cars play a big role. For him, it is just a matter of time. When interviewed by Elektrek disclosed that when self-driving vehicles become a reality, he wanted to keep all occupants of the car entertained. Working towards in-car entertainment is not only backing up his ambitions but a logical step. It will help others see the potential.

 

Even though Tesla hasn’t provided all the details about the games that you can play with 10 teraflops of in-vehicle computing power — unlike desktop gaming PCs,  it may be not possible to install and run any game you want, as it is likely that Tesla will create a curated dash experience for drivers and passengers. We can glean a little from the company’s released interior images of the Sedan. One shows that passengers will be able to The Witcher 3 on both the front and rear screens. This is pretty exciting it is a game known for its demanding processing needs. If the Model S can play it then there should be plenty of games on the Horizon. 

Musk boasted that the car can handle Cyberpunk 2077 in a recent Twitter update. “The esthetics of Cyberpunk are incredible btw,” he added in a tweet coming next, where he described the in-vehicle gaming experience. We still don’t know what additional titles will be supported or when they will launch. Given that Cyberpunk 2077 made it into the meme hall of fame last year for some of the screenshots taken when your processor just couldn’t keep up it’s a reassuring statement. 

Schur’s recent leak also revealed that the car’s Navi 23 GPU  can support 16GB of GDDR6 memory, like AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards. It will also provide a bandwidth of up to 224 GB per second thanks to a 128-bit memory bus. According to VideoCardz the memory bus brings it in line with the Xbox Series X. There is speculation that the graphics will be clocked at 2.44GHz and confirmed that there is PCIe Gen 4 support.

I’m sure there are tonnes of us who would kill to take our gaming rig with us when we have to travel. But you might be better off robbing a bank. If you want to get your gaming fix whilst you’re on route 66 you are going to need to fork out a lot of cash. The refreshed Model S is due to start shipping in the first quarter of 2021 but it will set you back a whopping $81,190. 

The price of the Model S tops pricey rigs from. It even A pricetag like that makes Apple’s fully loaded Mac Pro (retailing at  $52,000) look reasonable. Technically, the new Model S trumps boutique PC’s like Digital Storms’ Aventum X or Falcon Northwest’s Talon desktop towers. You could look at it as the most expensive gaming rig out there. Only with this investment you also get an electric car capable of 0 to 60 in 2 seconds.

You might remember that  AMD’s and Nvidia’s GPUs have had a shortage of silicon announced at the end of last year. The shortages will likely continue for the next few months according to AMD CEO Lisa Su and Nvidias CFO. However, it is yet to be seen if this will interfere with Muks rollout plans for 2021 yet or not. He may have bought ahead.

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