AMD’s rumoured to release 7nm Navi 12 GPU in mid-2019

AMD's rumoured to release 7nm Navi 12 GPU in mid 2019

AMD’s rumoured to release 7nm Navi 12 GPU in mid-2019

AMD’s Navi graphics architecture is expected to succeed Vega in 2019, bringing Radeon’s consumer graphics cards to 7nm while transitioning away from the company’s longlived GCN microarchitecture. 

WCCFTECH has reported that AMD’s NAVI 12 GPU will feature a total of 40 CUs (compute units), giving it a total of 2560 stream processors, assuming that Navi has 64 stream processors per CU like Vega. Navi 12 is expected to act as a mainstream product, effectively working as a replacement for Polaris, while offering performance levels that are similar to the RX Vega series. 

Rumour has it that NAVI was designed with Sony’s PS5 console in mind, bringing with it architectural enhancements that were defined by the console manufacturer. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for PC gamers, as these architectural tweaks should also improve the architecture’s gaming performance in PC titles.  

Right now, AMD’s 7nm Vega graphics hardware isn’t expected to ever make it to PC gamers, making it likely that the architecture will be exclusive to the machine learning market. AMD isn’t expected to release a high-end NAVI graphics card until a later date, making the launch of NAVI similar to Polaris. 

  

AMD's rumoured to release 7nm Navi 12 GPU in mid 2019  

 

At this time, little is known about AMD’s NAVI architecture, or if it will add any new features to the Radeon graphics lineup, like support for AI acceleration or Ray Tracing Acceleration for Microsoft’s DXR (DirectX Raytracing) or DirectML (DirectX Machine Learning) APIs. With Sony’s focus on checkerboard rendering on the PS4 Pro, it would be a smart move from Sony to invest in an AI compute solution that is similar to Nvidia’s Tensor cores to offer Machine Learning image enhancement functions like DLSS, a feature set that could easily transfer to DirectML and PC gaming. 

Right now AMD/Radeon is remaining tight-lipped about their next-generation Navi graphics architecture, failing to mention the architecture at the company’s Next Horizon event last week.

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