AMD Radeon Navi GPUs Listed in MacOS Mojave Update

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    AMD’s next-generation Navi GPUs are one of the most anticipated pieces of tech right now. In a new leak, the entries of the upcoming AMD Navi GPUs have been spotted in the MacOS Mojave version 14.2 beta update source code.

    The entries were found by tonymacx86 in a file called “AMDRadeon6000HWServiceskext” which has “Navi” listed in several lines of the actual programming code. In total, four different models of Navi have been discovered, namely Navi 16, Navi 12, Navi 10 and Navi 9. The numerals in names could be indicating the number of compute units which are enabled for each card.

    If AMD follows its suit of using 64 shaders per compute unit on Navi too, it could mean the smallest Navi GPU i.e. Navi 9 will have 576 shader units, while the Navi 16 will get 1024 shader units. The names listed are probably the names of different products and surely not the names of the GPUs. The device ID for Navi was listed as 0x73101002.

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    The existence of these listings certainly mean that a launch is quite closer than earlier expected. Last time such a thing happened was when Apple added Vega’s code to MacOS Sierra and the Vega was launched exactly six months later. So, the rumors about a July release could actually turn out to be true.

    AMD will be trying to win the mid-range market with its 7nm Navi architecture. Navi will be the successor to the Polaris architecture and is expected to be very power-efficient. With NVIDIA working on GeForce GTX 1160 Ti and probably a GTX 1160 too for the mid-range market, AMD needs to make sure the performance on these cards match the hype.

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    The mid-range segment is exactly where AMD should concentrate since they are nowhere close to catching NVIDIA in the top-end segment at least for the time being and mid-range in the only segment where they can prove their mettle. Navi GPUs are going to be specifically designed for the mid-range market only as it was confirmed by AMD CTO Mark Papermaster that the recently launched 7nm Radeon VII will be AMD’s flagship top-end GPU for the moment.


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