AMD’s Navi 21 flagship GPU isn’t out yet and the existence of an upcoming Navi 31 GPU has been confirmed thanks to the code for MacOS 11 Sur Beta (Hardware Leaks via Videocardz). AMD’s Navi 21 aka ‘Big Navi’ has been a GPU that has been anxiously awaited for a very long time now. It is expected to land later this year and will increase AMD’s performance at the top end significantly. A ‘potential’ Navi 31 is going to be the successor to Navi 21 (duh) and it looks like AMD is already working hard on it.
MD’s Navi 31 leaks out in driver code – new flagship GPU in the works already?
Usually, when chips started getting detected in AMD’s drivers, it is very close to release and pretty far ahead of the development cycle. I am not entirely sure what to make of the fact that Navi 21 hasn’t landed yet and we are already seeing Navi 31 pop up in drivers. To be specific these are drivers for AMD’s macOS11 “Big Sur” which are part of the company’s plan to move to their own ARM-based silicon and away from Intel (and AMD) parts. This does imply that Apple plans to stick to AMD dGPUs for its products for the time being and does not have plans to move that portion of the silicon in-house as well.
AMD’s philosophy is to always design the chip for a semi-custom product and then trickle that down to the PC space. So Navi 31 might be the chip in development for Apple’s ARM-based lineup of Macs and one that will trickle down into the PC space shortly afterward. [opinion] This could imply that we might get to see Navi 31 sooner than expected thanks to an acceleration fueled by Apple’s plan to transition as soon as possible. [/opinion]
Here are the mentions of AMD’s Navi 31 spotted in AMD’s Apple drivers (courtesy of Hardware Leaks):
By: Usman Pirzada
Title: AMD’s Next Generation Flagship ‘Navi 31 GPU’ Get’s First Confirmation – Even Bigger Navi?
Sourced From: wccftech.com/amd-navi-31-gpu-next-generation/
Published Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:22:07 +0000