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AMD's next-gen 'Super Secret' Navi GPU teased

Navi-based Radeon teased, could compete with GeForce GTX 2080

By Anthony Garreffa on Dec 18, 2017 06:07 am CST - 1 min, 1 sec reading time

AMD might be an entire generation behind with their Vega GPU architecture, but their next-gen Navi GPU architecture is due sometime in late 2018 and has turned up as the elusive "Super Secret" ID in AMD's new driver.


In the latest AMD's drivers, there is code that reads "new_chip.gfx10.mmSUPER_SECRET.enable[0:0]". Someone spotted the new Super Secret ID in the latest Linux release of Radeon drivers, but it could be Team Red having some fun with us.

Navi could be the first GPU from AMD that would see a scalable GPU design being deployed, with many smaller Navi GPU dies interconnected through AMD's super-fast Infinity Fabric technology. This means AMD could drop GPU cores from each die, resulting in less cores per die but multiple dies added together would give us a Threadripper-like GPU design.


AMD has also said that their Navi GPU architecture would use "NextGen Memory" which we have no idea about, and could end up being HBM3 or GDDR6. Considering AMD is already using HBM2 in their current fleet of Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, the shift to GDDR6 or HBM3 would be very interesting.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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