Fresh off the presses of AMD’s keynote event at Computex, we’ve gotten a first glimpse of some ballpark performance numbers that the new (presumably) top of the line Navi 12 GPU is going to provide. First off, AMD has named Navi the first generation RDNA architecture, a first complete re-design of the Compute Unit (CU) package that is the core of the GPU device.
“We decided that it was time for a “from the scratch” design because we believe you would need a new design for the future. That is exactly what RDNA is”Lisa Su, AMD CEO
Following the presentation, CEO Lisa Su has also mentioned some generational improvements moving to the 7nm technology, including a 25% increase in Instructions-per-clock (IPC) and up to 1.5x performance per watt compared to Vega. She has also made note of the fact that this will be the first PCIE 4.0 ready/compatible GPU in the market.
While not much details have been revealed in terms of the re-design, it can be almost guaranteed that this architecture is going to be the main gaming-focused architecture for AMD going forward. Expect hardware accelerated technologies such as Variable Shading Rate (VSR) to be present when more details are revealed in the coming months.
AMD has also revealed another tidbit about their previous generation architecture:
Vega/GCN architecture to move into the compute sector
“[…] You’re going to continue to see new versions of Vega from many of the new compute workloads and applications”Lisa Su, AMD CEO
CEO Lisa Lu has also stated that there are more Vega GPU coming down the road for the compute sector, we can assume from here that any Vega successor will be for high-performance/professional workloads that is meant for the server side of things.
Strange Brigade performance testing; Up to 10% better performance compared to RTX 2070
AMD has traditionally favored showing AMD-friendly games and this time it is no exception. Like the previous release of Vega with the use of Battlefield V and Doom, AMD has chosen Strange Brigade to show off their new GPU.
Before we start, we’ll take a look at the current benchmarks available for this game:
As you can see, the game is slightly AMD favored as we see the Vega 64 GPU beat out the GTX 1080 by a comfortable 10% margin. Despite this, useful info can be extrapolated from the performance figures given by AMD. While we did not see any Quality settings or configurations, we did see the game running in excess of 100+ FPS, meaning that it is most likely using some combination of settings in 1080p for the test.
From this, we can place the new Navi GPU to be roughly equivalent in performance to the RTX 2070/1080 on average when Nvidia-favored games are taken into the equation. This is great news for prospective owners as it almost guarantees that AMD is looking to put out a competitive pricing for their product within the mid-range while simultaneously increasing the average performance for that tier.
GPU Pricing and Availability
The presenter, Scott Herkelman, has also made note to emphasize that there would be multiple Navi GPUs coming to us in the near future. It remains to be seen what prices AMD will introduce these products at as those have not been revealed by AMD.
However, there was a general release date stated; July 2019. Not quite the 7/7 we were looking for based on the rumor mill, but close enough to the release of Zen 2 that they will both officially be available by the end of that month.
More details to come at E3 2019
Additionally, we would be seeing more details when E3 arrives come June 2019 so keep your eyes peeled for that as well!
AMD Navi and Zen 2 to power Next-Gen PS5
While we might have already gotten the news from Mark Cerny from a closed-door press release about their AMD partnership, Lisa Su has officially confirmed that both Zen2 and Navi is going to be the basis of the PS5 moving forward.
That is yet another tick on my bingo card!
While I was expecting AMD to reveal much more information than stated, this mid-range sample has not been a disappointment. The pricing of the product seems to be the key factor (yet again) in the success of mid-range Navi; we didn’t see Navi break any grounds but I am hopeful that AMD can give gamers a better deal than they have with the release pricing of Vega.