Tesla Model S Plaid comes with AMD Navi 23 GPU

As was foretold by rumors, the new Tesla Model S Plaid features a Navi 23 graphical chipset by AMD. The new infotainment system was fully unveiled by Elon Musk, who promptly claimed that the console came with “PlayStation 5 levels of performance”. After the initial presentation, Musk gave some demos on the system, playing Cyberpunk 2077.

The Navi 23 GPU hasn’t been featured in any gaming oriented video cards, but is to be implemented in the Radeon RX 6600 XT. The GPU will be AMD’s lowest tier to their RDNA2 architecture, which is also found in the next generation of consoles. As was rumored before, AMD is now shipping the chipset to Tesla.

The complete specifications are still unclear, but rumors have strongly suggested that the Navi 23 GPU will be AMD’s offering for 1080p gameplay. The chipset is cut down quite a bit, with the Infinity Cache being only a quarter the size of top-tier Navi offerings. Tesla might have an altered version, but it’s likely that “PlayStation 5 levels of performance” might be overzealous. For reference: the infotainment screen seems to be 2200 by 1300 pixels.

Photo of the Tesla Model S Plaid, featuring AMD's Navi 23 driven infotainment system and a proprietary Tesla controller.

During the later demos, Tesla’s proprietary controller also made an appearance. The gamepad seems to be a cross-over of PlayStation’s DualShock 4 with the Pro Controller for Nintendo Switch. The palm extensions are connected with some sort of handlebar in between, reminiscent of the actual steering wheel of the Model S Plaid. 

Musk already delivered the first 25 orders of Model S Plaid himself. As far as Tesla’s own listing tells us, cars for residents of the United States start shipping in August. The MSRP of the Tesla Model S Plaid is set to 122,990 dollars. But hey, at least it can run Cyberpunk. 

AMD has yet to unveil any Radeon graphics cards based on the Navi 23 GPU. Earlier this year, AMD launched their Radeon RX 6700 XT, running the more powerful Navi 22 chipset.

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