As the battle between the RTX 3000 series and Radeon 6000 series rages on during the first month of 2021, initial rumors of next-gen GPUs from established leakers over at Twitter have surfaced and may potentially give AMD a massive lead against their rivals over at NVIDIA.
Initial leaks from Twitter user @Kepler_L2, who is a known leaker for rumors for both Team Green and Team Red, speculated that the AMD’s next gen GPU under Navi 31 will feature two 80 CU chiplets, which brings a total of 160 CU chiplets in one GPU alone. This is a massive leap from their current powerhouse RX 6900 XT, which is based on Navi 21 with currently 80 CU chiplets.
Nothing I can confirm 100% now, but from what I know Navi 31 is a 80 CU chiplet and top SKU has 2 of them.
— Kepler (@Kepler_L2) January 1, 2021
In hindsight, this could potentially mean that the RX 7000 series will effectively boast a 2x the performance increase from RX 6000 series. (Read: GUIDE: Should you get a GPU upgrade right now?)
According to RedGamingTech – whose unnamed source also got much of the RDNA 2 leaks accurately – AMD is targeting a 2.5x better performance, which is unheard of whenever companies transition from one generation to the next. RTX 3080 for example offers 1.5x better performance vs RTX 2080.
Behind this massive leak is another rumor about AMD using the patented Multi Chip Module (MCM) design behind the RDNA 3 microarchitecture, which can make the 2.5x boost feasible. However, no word was given if the performance increase is under ray tracing on or off.
Another Twitter leaker, @Underfox3, gives hits toward an MCM design for Navi 31 GPUs, which will mark the first time AMD used the design in the GPUs.
Patent: Synchronization mechanism for workgroups – AMD
Synchronization method for MCM GPUs… Also, a key foundation of EHP
— Underfox (@Underfox3) January 22, 2021
Currently, these leaks have not confirmed any form of announcement dates or any launch dates, but most likely not within this year. AMD is still facing shortages for both GPUs and CPUs that are highly in demand in the PC market and in the console market. Both Sony and Xbox uses AMD’s CPU and GPU for both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. According to a report by IGN, the shortage will last throughout the first half of 2021.
RedGamingTech speculates that RDNA 2 “will last throughout the year” and RDNA 3 will most likely not launch this year, stating that next-gen GPUs “aren’t close to final production samples.” Moreover, AMD is still facing all sorts of shortages for the 7nm GPUs (RDNA 2). AMD still needs to meet the demands of their GPUs. (Read: AMD announced new RX 6000 cards, mobile Ryzen 5000 CPUs at CES)
While AMD’s success throughout the PC market and even console market are undeniable at this stage, a greater challenge for Team Red is keeping the momentum ahead from NVIDIA, with their Xilinx acquisition and massive financial gains from their success this year, the next few years for AMD will definitely be a crucial year. Now the eyes of the community are on NVIDIA – what will be their next move?
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