AMD’s long-rumored “Massive Navi” graphics card might be an absolute monster, if new rumors are to be believed. The Navi 21 GPU on the core of the brand new Radeon graphics card could be greater than twice the bodily dimension of the Navi 10 GPU inside an RX 5700 XT. That may make it larger than something AMD has launched in years, with rumors that each one that further silicon might be used to make a GPU that’s twice as quick because the Navi 10.
That is an thrilling prospect for AMD followers who’ve been ready on a brand new top-tier AMD graphics card because the Vega launch in 2017. These playing cards had been succesful, however fell behind Nvidia’s prime playing cards, and the Radeon VII and RX 5700 XT don’t even get near the efficiency of the 2080 Tremendous and 2080 Ti. The Navi 21 GPU might change that.
Though we’re skeptical of such unqualified rumors, if these become true, AMD’s upcoming “Massive Navi” card might be one thing fairly particular. The rumors appeared on Taiwanese message board, PTT, and declare that the Navi 21 GPU might be 505mm2 — that’s twice the scale of the Navi 10 (251mm2) and much larger than even the monster Vega 20 GPU within the Radeon VII (331mm2). It’s approaching the scale of Nvidia’s huge RTX 2080 GPU, at 545mm2, and that’s primarily based on a 12nm course of node, whereas the Navi 21 might be constructed on the TSMC 7nm+ course of, in response to WCCFTech’s report.
This allegedly delivers a efficiency uplift twice that of the Navi 10. On the very excessive finish of speculative expectations, that might imply a card that’s twice as quick as a 5700 XT. Alternatively, it will imply one thing extra like twice the velocity of the 5600 XT, which is rumored to make use of the identical Navi 10 GPU. That is additionally very depending on different components like clock velocity; Can or not it’s retained at such bigger chip sizes and with (presumably) way more stream processors? Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti has far decrease clocks than different playing cards within the RTX vary for this identical purpose.
The message board rumors counsel that the Navi 21 will use GDDR6 reminiscence slightly than the beforehand rumored HBM2E. If true, that might be a cost-saving measure, as HBM is notoriously costly. With a good dimension reminiscence bus, although, that doesn’t preclude an eventual Navi 21 card from having huge reminiscence bandwidth with 12GB or 16GB of GDDR6 that’s 16Gbps and even 18Gbps — one thing that Rambus demonstrated in November 2019.
All of this paints a really rosy image of the potential for AMD’s large, RDNA 2 graphics card. May or not it’s the cardboard that AMD has been engaged on that’s been identified internally because the “Nvidia killer”? That title is a little bit of hyperbole as a result of the large market share benefit Nvidia enjoys (nearly 5 instances that of AMD, in response to Steam’s Survey) implies that no single product might totally change AMD’s fortunes. However even when the rumors aren’t fairly correct, or should be scaled again for no matter purpose earlier than the eventual launch of such a card, it does counsel that AMD is able to re-enter the high-end GPU market.
That’s excellent news for graphics card consumers in all value brackets, whether or not they’re shopping for funds or high-end. Extra competitors means higher merchandise at higher costs and a brand new contender for the crown of strongest mainstream graphics card might assist carry down a few of the costs. Graphics playing cards have been sky-high because the cryptocurrency mining growth, and the scenario was solely exacerbated when Nvidia raised the pricing bar with its RTX technology.
Massive Navi might be set to vary all that.