AMD is rumored to be bringing in new Smart Access Storage technology. It is probably some storage speeding improvement. However, the rumor mill is particularly sparse on any details.
The rumor comes from VideoCardz, who claims to have acquired information on claimed Smart Access Storage. Still, there are no details supplied as to what this feature might be, so we're left to hypothesize.
We know, or at least what we've heard through the grapevine, that a Corsair gaming laptop will be the first device to include Smart Access Storage, and it'll be available in June.
Smart Access Storage will be available on a limited number of computers, including Corsair's future Voyager range. With the advent of the Zen 4 AM5 platform, the technology may eventually be introduced to desktop PCs. Smart Access Storage is comparable to Smart Access Memory (SAM), except instead of accelerating graphics performance, it focuses on storage performance.
Unfortunately, information about Smart Access Storage is still scarce. We don't know how AMD will implement the technology or if its comparable to DirectStorage. The functionality could debut on Corsair's Voyager "AMD Advantage" gaming laptop, according to VideoCardz's source. AMD Advantage refers to a gadget that uses AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics. Smart Access Storage was linked to a gaming laptop in the article, so it's unclear if it's a mobile-only function like AMD SmartShift. We hope not because Smart Access Storage has a lot of potential for PCs.
Smart Access Storage could refer to a Microsoft DirectStorage API implementation, a hardware-accelerated decompression method. The technology was ultimately made available on PCs in March, more than a year after it was first revealed. A first game demo was shown shortly after that. This method significantly reduces game loading times. Since its release in 2020, it has been successfully employed on Xbox Series consoles.
The Corsair laptop is most likely the same item leaked as the "Corsair Xenomorph" months ago. All AMD hardware is included, including a Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU and Radeon RX 6800M graphics card.
The creator of Forspoken, Luminous Productions, demonstrated the capability of DirectStorage at GDC 2022 with a complicated scene including up to 20,000 files (4.5GB). The scenario loaded in 1.9 seconds on an M.2 SSD and 3.7 seconds on a SATA SSD, respectively, against 21.5 seconds on a traditional hard drive. So, assuming that Smart Access Storage's performance is comparable to DirectStorage's, it may be a game-changer for AMD, especially given Intel has yet to respond.
The Corsair Voyager has a Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and a Radeon RX 6800M graphics card. According to VideoCardz, Corsair will unveil the gaming laptop in June, which means we'll learn more about it and its technologies during Computex 2022. Additionally, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will deliver the keynote address at Computex 2022. AMD's "next-generation mobile and desktop PC advancements" will be discussed. Thus Smart Access Storage appears to be on the table.