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I think a lot of people equate GCN to only being a fixed micro architecture, when in fact it's also an ISA. A new GCN core does not mean it's the same compute unit design or arrangement, but it does mean that it uses and supports the GCN ISA. AMD has done an extremely poor job of distinguishing the two, and it's lead to the majority of people just glossing over any improvements at the micro architectural level because "it's still just GCN".
It is a bit of both. ISA literally means Instruction Set Architecture. There are some things on different levels this does set in stone but many others can be improved on. Whether some things that need improvements are fixed or not is not easy to know.

"Enhanced GCN Graphics Architecture"
I smell something familiar, it smells like... *sniff* Polaris
Polaris will not work. Navi will have to be based on Vega and hopefully improved upon it. Navi will have RPM (or some other form of 2*FP16), probably some form of variable rate shading and other bits of new tech. As of Turing, Nvidia is at least on feature parity with Vega. Intel's Gen11 seems to get to the same point as well. AMD has no choice and I am sure they are way ahead of this.
 
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Since no one actually bothered to read it as usual...I did not know there are potentially two chips as I had only heard rumblings of only competing with 2060. I don't think that is realistic considering they already have something 'competitive' with 2070.

Now the details that are mentioned are broken into two parts, one is for the initial AMD Navi cards that utilize the Navi 10 GPU architecture and the second is for the high-end, enthusiast grade parts that would feature the Navi 20 GPU. According to RedGamingTech, the details were acquired from sources who have been very accurate in the past as per their claim.

The details say that before Raja Koduri, AMD’s ex-head of Radeon Technologies Group, left the company, one of his major tasks was to fix many of the weaknesses in the GCN architecture. The reason to do this was to let AMD RTG focus on both, producing a next-gen architecture while working on GCN iterations to remain competitive against NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro lineups. Now we have seen that this strategy worked well for AMD in the mainstream market but their flagship products weren’t necessarily the best or to make it simple, king of the hill products that AMD wanted them to be but rather side options to NVIDIA’s enthusiast offerings.

The reason why Vega didn’t live up to the hype was that when Raja joined RTG, the design of the Vega GPU was very much completed and there was little he could do. The actual goal for Raja was to work on Navi GPUs which would still be based on the existing GCN architecture but further refined through fixes to let’s say, the geometry engine, as reported by RedGamingTech. Now it is possible and very likely that AMD had finished the design for Navi much before Raja left RTG. But what happens to Navi when it goes into the development phase, that’s something we are really close to finding out now as rumors are alleging a launch of the first Navi based Radeon RX cards in mid of 2019.
It's a "Polaris 10" successor and will probably beat RTX 2060.
Well, there could be two. So yes, the 10 may target the midrange but they may actually be targeting a higher end as well.

Edit: Also, in case it wasn't obvious, the title is a joke. Moreso, I just had never heard two Navi chips before.
 
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We're looking at Navi 20 by 2020 the WCCFtech article says. And by then it should compete with an RTX 2080ti. The grossly overpriced and underperfoming 'upgrade' to Pascal.

So basically we're once again looking at yesteryears' performance by then, and Nvidia will have comfortably moved to 7nm. Its a 2080 vs VII all over again in 2020, and that is the best case scenario. I suppose we should count our blessings, and pray this will remain relevant until Intel shows some benchmarks.
 
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There is likely to be at least two chips in Navi series, possibly more depending on what range of performance AMD wants to cover. Nvidia has two at and below RTX2060 already (TU106, TU116) and is likely to have three (TU117?) soon.

Architecturally, I do not think AMD is likely to continue having semi-different architectures (like Polaris and Vega). There has been a lot of talk about AMD (and especially RTG) running at low budget and GPU architectures are expensive. Even Nvidia is primarily using one architecture at one time, plus maybe a high-end compute thing that simultaneously works as a research vehicle like V100.

AMD Roadmap plus rumors from WCCFtech and other sites currently claim Navi as the swan song of GCN in 2019/2020 and Arcturus as a new architecture past this.
 

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Hope not, just bought a RTX 2060 and it's flying with a little more oc on top of MSI's factory oc.
Why you care by the time AMD releases it and has a driver that allows it to perform better the NV4060 will be out.
 
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Whatever Navi will be, Navi will literally define what the gaming industry will be for years to come from Microsoft to Apple Arcade to Sony to Google Stadia to PC.

Navi needs no hype... :respect:
 
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Even Nvidia is primarily using one architecture at one time, plus maybe a high-end compute thing that simultaneously works as a research vehicle like V100.
V100 is a distinct standalone product that Nvidia is selling alongside their other parts and they made that very clear, it's obvious Turing and Volta were designed concurrently. There is no maybe in this, Nvidia has without doubt separate designs/architectures for different markets.
 
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We're looking at Navi 20 by 2020 the WCCFtech article says. And by then it should compete with an RTX 2080ti. The grossly overpriced and underperfoming 'upgrade' to Pascal.

So basically we're once again looking at yesteryears' performance by then, and Nvidia will have comfortably moved to 7nm. Its a 2080 vs VII all over again in 2020, and that is the best case scenario. I suppose we should count our blessings, and pray this will remain relevant until Intel shows some benchmarks.
That is true. Personally, I would be ecstatic if they could hit 2080 ti performance AND get power draw comparable. If they can hit 2080 ti performance it will at least force NV to use full chips in their cards again. I won't hold my breath but I think one or the other could be a reality. In either case, it at least elevates my hope that they haven't completely dropped the 'high end' for Navi in theory. We'll see how it carries out in practice.
 
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V100 is a distinct standalone product that Nvidia is selling alongside their other parts and they made that very clear, it's obvious Turing and Volta were designed concurrently. There is no maybe in this, Nvidia has without doubt separate designs/architectures for different markets.
Turing is evolved from Volta. The changes are minor compared to what was changed from Pascal to Volta.
 
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V100 is a distinct standalone product that Nvidia is selling alongside their other parts and they made that very clear, it's obvious Turing and Volta were designed concurrently. There is no maybe in this, Nvidia has without doubt separate designs/architectures for different markets.
I would rather say they deploy different iterations of it for each segment much like Intel has done its HEDT releases.
 
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Whatever Navi will be, Navi will literally define what the gaming industry will be for years to come from Microsoft to Apple Arcade to Sony to Google Stadia to PC.
Yeah... I don't really understand what you wanted to say here.
Game streaming simply means putting game rendering into the cloud - just like we already did with databases, scientific/industrial computing and media.
Even in the most optimistic plans Google and Sony have shown, it'll be just a tiny part of datacenter market.

Today GPU-accelerated cloud is dominated by Nvidia and this is not going to change.

To be honest, I don't know why Google Stadia decided to get GPUs from AMD - I'd imagine they simply were cheaper.
Microsoft and Sony may go for AMD to make it compatible with consoles - price still being the more probable reason.

But don't put your hopes to high. It won't be hard for any service to change the GPU provider. Each of the companies mentioned must have prepared for this already in case AMD stops making GPUs.


And, clearly, you don't even know what Apple Arcade is (there was a news piece lately, read it). :)
 
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That is true. Personally, I would be ecstatic if they could hit 2080 ti performance AND get power draw comparable. If they can hit 2080 ti performance it will at least force NV to use full chips in their cards again. I won't hold my breath but I think one or the other could be a reality. In either case, it at least elevates my hope that they haven't completely dropped the 'high end' for Navi in theory. We'll see how it carries out in practice.
Amd favorable yt channels have been starving lately,and they gotta eat too.
 
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Amd favorable yt channels have been starving lately,and they gotta eat too.
Yeah need more click-bait videos farting out of their ass to get that sweet adsense money from Daddy Google
 
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I believe that RX 660=GTX 1650, RX 670=GTX 1660, RX 680=GTX 1660 Ti. This technology used 7 NM but most probably it's equal with Nvidia's 12NM.

We're looking at Navi 20 by 2020 the WCCFtech article says. And by then it should compete with an RTX 2080ti. The grossly overpriced and underperfoming 'upgrade' to Pascal.

So basically we're once again looking at yesteryears' performance by then, and Nvidia will have comfortably moved to 7nm. Its a 2080 vs VII all over again in 2020, and that is the best case scenario. I suppose we should count our blessings, and pray this will remain relevant until Intel shows some benchmarks.
I agree. Navi 20 will realase in 2020-2021. If Nvidia uses 7NM which is Ampere, it will be faster than Navi 20. Also Nvidia doesn't want to use 7NM due to Transistor's conductivity. Transistors allow max 1NM. Maybe it will change in the future but not now.
 
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This technology used 7 NM but most probably it's equal with Nvidia's 12NM.
"Nvidia's 12nm" is TSMC's 16nm, an almost three year old node by this point. Will TSMC's 7nm be equal to it's own 16nm node ? How do you people come up with this stuff?
 
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I am hopeful that AMD has cleared up their architecture issues, the unacceptably low cache hit rates that also plagued their CPU's has been the issue with GCN and how it handles resources, they keep trying for a one size fits all when they clearly need two architectures if they want to compete in compute and graphics, and the overburden they saddled themselves with is whats hurting the most. Get a new architecture for graphics and then one for compute.

I believe that RX 660=GTX 1650, RX 670=GTX 1660, RX 680=GTX 1660 Ti. This technology used 7 NM but most probably it's equal with Nvidia's 12NM.



I agree. Navi 20 will realase in 2020-2021. If Nvidia uses 7NM which is Ampere, it will be faster than Navi 20. Also Nvidia doesn't want to use 7NM due to Transistor's conductivity. Transistors allow max 1NM. Maybe it will change in the future but not now.

Process/Node size doesn't matter for "conductivity" as they are still using the same base metals. 7Nm allows for a 25% increase in performance per watt and or higher frequencies. Neither Nvidia or AMD have their own fabrication plant so there is no Nvida/AMD Nm size, its whatever they get or negotiate with fab plants. We will not see 1Nm transistors for many years, and by the time we reach that point we should be using more stacked 3D designs or some other new tech will emerge to pickup where Silicon stops.
 
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"Nvidia's 12nm" is TSMC's 16nm, an almost three year old node by this point. Will TSMC's 7nm be equal to it's own 16nm node ? How do you people come up with this stuff?
I think he was referring to performance not lithography.

Amd favorable yt channels have been starving lately,and they gotta eat too.
I don't watch youtube....Really though, the point of this thread was that there has not really been any interesting 'news'......just press releases. It's fun time.
 
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I spoke for Navi. Also 28NM R9 390X is equal with 14 NM RX 580.


7NM, 5NM, 3NM, 1NM.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome or not, do you see the price jump from 7 to 5nm? The timeline to see a 1nm transistor is exponential in both cost and time based on historical data from the last few node shrinks.


About the 28nm being equal to 14nm, correlation is NOT causation. What you are claiming is akin to a large SUV is as good as a turbo 4cylinder sports car since they both go the same speed on the highway. AMD architecture was better at graphics on 28nm process, for a better comparison lets look at what nvidia is doing with 16nm VS AMD on 7, Nvidia has a superior design so it performs better, uses less power, runs cooler.... if Nvidia put that on 7nm it would be at least 25% faster still, and use less power doing it. AMD has sucked at GPU design for awhile, aiming for a compute heavy card with an excess of bandwidth to mask the cache issues that cannot keep the shaders full, and their lack of turning off shaders while data is beign fetched and increasing the cache sizes means they use more power.
 
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with an excess of bandwidth to mask the cache issues that cannot keep the shaders full, and their lack of turning off shaders while data is beign fetched and increasing the cache sizes means they use more power.
I have talked about this in another thread and basically this isn't true, not just in AMD's case but for GPU designs in general. Caches are not a critical factor for achieving high performances/utilization unlike it is the case with CPUs, you don't even have to believe me you only need look at similar sized dies for GPUs and CPUs and see how much the cache/core/shader ratio differs.

For instance on GP104 theoretically there is a grand total of 0.8 Kb of L2 cache that you can expect per shader, this is an abysmally small amount yet these GPUs operate just fine. Hit misses are mostly irrelevant because their latency is hidden by the fact that there are already instructions scheduled, therefor there is no need for quick frequent access of memory which would require large fast caches with very good hit ratios.

Instead what you actually need is a lot of memory bandwidth, AMD designs their GPUs just fine from this point of view, there is literally no other way of doing it. The reason GCN based cards have had more memory bandwidth and cache than their Nvidia equivalent is because they incidentally also have more ALUs typically. There is no mystery to any of this, it's all quite simple. I don't know why people have the impression that these guys could make such huge glaring oversights in their designs, they aren't idiots, they know what they are doing very well.
 
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You spoke what exactly ?



Also 28nm GTX 980 is equal with 16nm GTX 1060 or 14nm RX 580, all of this means .... absolutely nothing.
I said for performance. Yes, it is nothing but 28NM to 14 NM. RTX 2060 is 12NM and it performances between GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or not, do you see the price jump from 7 to 5nm? The timeline to see a 1nm transistor is exponential in both cost and time based on historical data from the last few node shrinks.


About the 28nm being equal to 14nm, correlation is NOT causation. What you are claiming is akin to a large SUV is as good as a turbo 4cylinder sports car since they both go the same speed on the highway. AMD architecture was better at graphics on 28nm process, for a better comparison lets look at what nvidia is doing with 16nm VS AMD on 7, Nvidia has a superior design so it performs better, uses less power, runs cooler.... if Nvidia put that on 7nm it would be at least 25% faster still, and use less power doing it. AMD has sucked at GPU design for awhile, aiming for a compute heavy card with an excess of bandwidth to mask the cache issues that cannot keep the shaders full, and their lack of turning off shaders while data is beign fetched and increasing the cache sizes means they use more power.
I agree. For 1NM to become a reality we would first need a new material to etch it onto 1NM isn't impossible, but with our current rate of development it will take us approximately 15-20 years to see any sort of viability.

Well, What will Nvidia and AMD do for future? Will they use refresh cards or new cores such as Tensor? What do you think?
 
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I have talked about this in another thread and basically this isn't true, not just in AMD's case but for GPU designs in general. Caches are not a critical factor for achieving high performances/utilization unlike it is the case with CPUs, you don't even have to believe me you only need look at similar sized dies for GPUs and CPUs and see how much the cache/core/shader ratio differs.

For instance on GP104 theoretically there is a grand total of 0.8 Kb of L2 cache that you can expect per shader, this is an abysmally small amount yet these GPUs operate just fine. Hit misses are mostly irrelevant because their latency is hidden by the fact that there are already instructions scheduled, therefor there is no need for quick frequent access of memory which would require large fast caches with very good hit ratios.

Instead what you actually need is a lot of memory bandwidth, AMD designs their GPUs just fine from this point of view, there is literally no other way of doing it. The reason GCN based cards have had more memory bandwidth and cache than their Nvidia equivalent is because they incidentally also have more ALUs typically. There is no mystery to any of this, it's all quite simple. I don't know why people have the impression that these guys could make such huge glaring oversights in their designs, they aren't idiots, they know what they are doing very well.

Bulldozer. Hawaii. Sure better than Via (CPU) and Intel (GPU) or a kid with a stick, but is that what we do here, compare to failures to feel better?

We can do the math together, The GTX680 (GK104) VS Tahiti Same everything except AMD had 25% more shaders used 25% more power, 700,000 more transistors for equal performance. 0.8Kb is still a lot of information if it can be kept full, but alas when it CAN'T usually you have two choices as then you have a shader using power, making heat, and not doing work. One is to improve cache hit rate but that takes a lot of tuning and tweaking, or you can just add more cache to increase the chances the data will be loaded, but that takes more power to run and makes more heat. Can you guess which AMD has/had been doing for years? Coupled to the fact that AMD kept their shaders full precision for all operations and Nvidia used half or partial precision for some of the same calculations (later tests show the effect of forced full precision and the performance decrease https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/273897-nvidia-gpus-take-a-heavy-hit-with-hdr-enabled ) all of which adds up to more efficient use of cache, and thus increased performance.
 
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Bulldozer. Hawaii. Sure better than Via (CPU) and Intel (GPU) or a kid with a stick, but is that what we do here, compare to failures to feel better?

We can do the math together, The GTX680 (GK104) VS Tahiti Same everything except AMD had 25% more shaders used 25% more power, 700,000 more transistors for equal performance. 0.8Kb is still a lot of information if it can be kept full, but alas when it CAN'T usually you have two choices as then you have a shader using power, making heat, and not doing work. One is to improve cache hit rate but that takes a lot of tuning and tweaking, or you can just add more cache to increase the chances the data will be loaded, but that takes more power to run and makes more heat. Can you guess which AMD has/had been doing for years? Coupled to the fact that AMD kept their shaders full precision for all operations and Nvidia used half or partial precision for some of the same calculations (later tests show the effect of forced full precision and the performance decrease https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/273897-nvidia-gpus-take-a-heavy-hit-with-hdr-enabled ) all of which adds up to more efficient use of cache, and thus increased performance.
So you say a 680 is better than a 7970 then prove it's depending on use case and give proof that said Nvidia Gpu didn't age well.
Depending on use case the 7970 was always better depending on perspective ,i use compute.
But anyway would it not be better to actually discuss the Op then regurgitate the same arguable points about dead tech.
If Amd do Raytracing on navi 10 ill be surprised tbh.
Navi 20 i expect to have a go, we'll see how that goes in time.

Oh and he's right GPU are designed for streams of data not OoO data streams so the cache isn't used for possible hit's only expected and is quite small in footprint terms compared to Cpu caches.
That's why Gpu memory bandwidth matters more to Gpus then system memory bandwidth matters to CPU's , they can't store many instructions and dont have teired caches like CPU's do to buffer poor memory bandwidth.
 
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