AMD will reportedly launch a Navi-based GPU in August 2018

AMD will reportedly launch a Navi-based GPU in August 2018

AMD will reportedly launch a Navi-based GPU in August 2018

 
Reports have emerged that state that AMD’s Navi GPUs will be “ready to go” sometime in July/August 2018, with the company planning to launch a Navi-based professional series GPU at SIGGRAPH 2018. 
 
At this time there is no way to validate these reports, though given the fact that Navi is supposed to release on 7nm (according to AMD’s official roadmaps) it seems unlikely that AMD would be releasing a consumer version of Navi in this time frame. 
 
If this report is true, it is likely that Navi will be released first in the professional space in low volumes, similar to how Nvidia has released their most recent GPU architectures. With both Pascal and Volta, Nvidia has released their GPUs to the professional space first, with Volta having no consumer release at this time. 
 
Before then AMD is likely to release more GPUs that are based on their Vega architecture, likely using Globalfoundries’ 12nm manufacturing process (names 14nm in older roadmaps). These GPUs will likely replace Polaris in the low end of the GPU market, though larger Vega GPUs are not out of the question with 12nm.  
 

  

AMD will reportedly launch a Navi-based GPU in August 2018

(Nvidia’s Multi-Chip GPU concept)

 

When AMD has spoken about Navi in the past the word that has been mentioned most is “scalability”, leading many to believe that AMD is working on a Multi-chip GPU that will allow the company to merge several smaller pieces of silicon together to create high-performance GPU products. 

This has lead many to believe that Navi will be an EPYC-like GPU that merges several GPU cores together to create a new high-performance product, which makes sense given the inclusion on Infinity Fabric in Vega. 

If AMD is releasing Navi in July/August 2018 either 7nm is a lot more mature than what Globalfoundries has previously stated or AMD is making a Nvidia like mode and delivering Navi to the high-margin enterprise market first. 

  

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