China's first domestic GPU, the Moore Threads MTT S60, has been revealed
Will this Chinese company eventually take on AMD, Nvidia, and Intel?
Published: 31st March 2022 | Source: ITHOME - Via Tom's Hardware |
Moore Threads has showcased their MTT S60 GPU and their MUSA graphics architecture
The GPU market is changing, and it's not just because of Intel's reveal of their ARC A-Series discrete GPUs products or our expectation of further GPU price decreases over the coming weeks. Chinese companies are now entering the GPU market, using domestic graphics architectures in an attempt to rival today's western GPU giants.
Moore Threads has revealed their first domestic graphics products, the MTT S60 and the MTT S2000. These graphics cards are powered by Moore Threads' MT Unified System Architecture (MUSA) architecture and is said to support DirectX, OpenCL, OpenGL, Vulkan and even NVIDIA CUDA.
The MTT S60 and MTT S2000 are targeted at gaming and server workloads respectively. Moore Threads is led by Zhang Jianzhong, a man who was formerly Nvidia's Global Vice President. Zhang Jianzhong is using his 15 years of experience within the GPU market to develop discrete graphics products in China, giving the nation an opportunity to gain further technological independence from the west.
Yesterday, Intel became the first discrete GPU maker to reveal products with AV1 video encoding support, but Moore Threads was close behind them. Their MTT S60 and MTT S2000 products feature support for H.264, H.265, and AV1 encoding support as well as H.264, H.265, AV1, VP8, and VP9 decoding support.
Moore Threads has also claimed that their products support design software such as Houdini, Unreal Engine, Unity, and D5. That said, Moore Threads have not released any benchmarks for their products using these applications.
Less than impressive specifications
Moore Threads' newly announced GPUs are both produced using a 12nm lithography process, placing the company years behind AMD, Nvidia, and Intel when it comes to manufacturing technology. Beyond that, Moore Threads' S60 and S2000 products only offer users 6 TFLOPS of compute performance and 12 TFLOPS of compute performance respectively. For context, Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti offers users more than 40 TFLOPS of compute performance.
The MTT S60 features 2,048 MUSA cores and 8GB of LPGDDR4X memory, while the MTT S2000 features 4,096 MESA cores and 24GB of memory. Moore Threads did not disclose the memory type used by its MTT S2000 product.
Simply put, Moore Threads has a long way to go before they will rival western GPU producers. Even so, what Moore Threads has achieved is impressive. In time, Moore Threads should be able to create more powerful products and gain access to more leading edge lithography technologies.
Gaming Performance - Well... it works?
Moore Threads showcased their MTT S60 graphics card playing League of Legends at 1080p. Sadly, no performance details were given during this demo. To say the least, League of Legends is not a demanding game, and that is specially true at low resolution like 1080p.
The lack of performance data from Moore Threads indicates that they are not ready to rival existing GPU manufacturers. That said, they have working products and a desire to create even better products in the future. In time, Moore Threads should create more powerful products. That said, so will AMD, Intel, and Nvidia.
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