It looks like the AMD has “accelerated” the launch of its next generation GPU architecture called “Navi” to sometime in Q3 2018 – according to new reports. Prior to this, earlier rumours have suggested that the red company will only be refreshing its lineup of Vega GPUs in 2018, instead of introducing a new one.
According to this new rumour, AMD’s Navi-based GPUs will be launched sometime between July and August 2018. In addition, a Navi-based Radeon Pro SSG graphics card will be unveiled at Siggraph 2018 as well. Interestingly, plans for releasing refreshed Vega GPUs in 2018 may still happen next year, because AMD still needs to introduce new, more powerful cards to compete with current generation Nvidia 10-series graphics cards.
That aside, the new rumour also suggests that the Navi GPUs will be manufactured using the 7nm process. This, of course, will likely translate to significant improvements in terms of power efficiency. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Navi-based GPUs may be built using the MCM (multi-chip module) technology. By employing this approach, AMD is able to add multiple GPUs dies along with HBM controllers on a single package and bind them all together using AMD’s InfinityFabric technology – similar to that used on EPYC CPUs.
Regardless, we do suggest our dear readers to take this rumour with a grain of salt. Hopefully, AMD’s next generation of graphics card are showered in the same amount of success as seen by Ryzen CPUs.