AMD’s Huge Navi graphics card – or at the least what may very well be the incoming high-end GPU – has been noticed in a bunch of Linux patches which have simply arrived, which additional means that the cardboard could be inbound for a possible October launch.
As Phoronix.com experiences, AMD’s Radeon Linux driver witnessed the arrival of over 200 patches introducing assist for a graphics card codenamed Sienna Cichlid.
Now, clearly the title tells us nothing, and is probably going designed to maintain issues beneath wraps – which might clearly be a smart transfer to make with a serious incoming product. However what the patches do inform us is that Sienna Cichlid is a Navi-based graphics card which comes with VCN 3.Zero assist on the video encoding facet, and DCN 3.0 (Show Core Subsequent), whereas present Navi merchandise run with model 2.Zero on each these fronts.
In different phrases, this would seem to level to a step on from the RDNA structure to RDNA 2, which will be employed in AMD’s incoming next-gen graphics cards, led by Big Navi or Navi 21.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the Big Navi GPU of late, most recently that it will come in four different flavors.
While the specs of the card which have come from the graphics grapevine are obviously speculation right now, and we don’t have any real idea of how it will perform compared to Nvidia’s rival GPUs, what we do know is that RDNA 2 offers a 50% boost in terms of performance per Watt compared to the original RDNA architecture. That’s promising to say the least.
AMD has previously said that Big Navi will arrive later in 2020, although exactly when is obviously up in the air, with the rumor mill having theorized about launch dates from around September through to November.
The most recent speculation points to a September launch – and a clash with Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere GPUs releasing at the same time – but this Linux driver spillage points to October as the month to watch.
That’s because the Sienna Cichlid patches won’t be introduced until the Linux 5.9 merge window opens in August, with them subsequently to be included in a stable release around October.
All of this – not just the potential timeframe, but the fact that this leakage pertains to AMD’s incoming Big Navi graphics card – remains speculation, but it’s another hint that we can hope for a launch maybe late in September or early October.
What AMD will surely want to avoid is arriving later than Nvidia’s next-gen RTX 3000 products, but Big Navi will only be ready when it’s ready, as they say.
Via Tom’s Hardware