Mercedes extends partnership with AMD to Esports team

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The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team has announced a new partnership with AMD to supply its drivers with high-level computing technologies and performance for competitive virtual racing. Through the partnership, AMD has equipped the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team with a combination of its AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics cards built on the AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X desktop processors, powered by the Zen 3 core architecture, and Radeon software to enable the highest frame rates and ultra-low-latency gameplay. Mercedes hopes that this equipment will provide its drivers with a competitive edge.

With AMD technology making up the core of the team’s gaming rigs, technologies such as its Smart Access Memory, Radeon Anti-Lag and FidelityFX Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) will also be leveraged to further optimize competitive esports gaming by maximizing performance and delivering a smooth and responsive experience for the drivers.

“In the world of competitive esports, milliseconds can define whether you win or not, like on track,” said James Vowles, motorsport strategy director at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. “It is crucial to have the very best gaming platform providing the highest frame rates at the lowest latency, without compromising on reliability. The latest AMD-powered gaming platforms will form the foundations to fight for race wins in the virtual world, ensuring that every detail from the virtual world is fed back to our drivers as quickly as possible and without compromise.”

Mercedes reports that feedback from its drivers has been positive, with driver Jarno Opmeer remarking, “The increased frame rate is terrific and I can feel the reduced latency – the steering wheel and pedals feedback is much faster. I’m looking forward to pushing myself and my in-game performance even further with the help of AMD this season.”

AMD will also contribute gaming systems to Mercedes’ new Esports training facility, expected to be launched later in 2021 at the team’s premises in Brackley, UK. The new partnership expands the existing collaboration between AMD and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

“AMD is committed to pushing the boundaries of technology to provide the best possible gaming experiences,” said John Taylor, CMO at AMD. “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team shares our passion for extreme gaming performance, and we are delighted to provide their professional drivers with the latest high-performance AMD Radeon and Ryzen technologies that deliver the highest frame rates, lowest latency and the smoothest gaming experiences when it matters most.”

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