AMD Big Navi Gets MALL Power Saving Feature

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As reported by Phoronix, AMD is reportedly working on a feature called Memory Access at Last Level (MALL) for its Big Navi graphics card. The Linux patches don't explain the what MALL is in detail, but the Linux publication thinks that it has something to do with improving power saving.

Apparently, MALL belongs to AMD's Display Core Next (DCN) 3.0 featureset, but it's not currently available for all Navi-based offerings. For the meantime, only Sienna Cichlid seems to support MALL. 

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Specifications*

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SiliconCodenameCompute UnitsStream ProcessorsClock Speed (MHz)Single-Precision Performance (TFLOPs)Power Limit (W)
Navi 21Sienna Cichlid805,1202,050 - 2,20021 - 22.5200 - 238
Navi 22Navy Flounder402,5602,500?12.8?170
Navi 23Dimgrey Cavefish322,048???

*Specifications are unconfirmed.

Sienna Cichlid's said to feature the Navi 21 silicon, which brings a whopping 5,120 Stream Processors (SPs) to the table. It's unknown of support if MALL will eventually land for Navy Flounder (Navi 22) or Dimgrey Cavefish (Navi 23).

AMD will reveal its Radeon RX 6000-series graphics cards on October 28. The new graphics cards come wielding the chipmaker's RDNA 2 architecture that promises 50% more performance per watt in comparison to RDNA 1. It'll be interesting to see how MALL ties in to AMD's claims.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • tummybunny
    Can't wait to go to the mall!!

  • Avro Arrow
    Well, if it works, great. If it doesn't, it's not like anyone seemed to care anyway. :D
  • d0x360
    Avro Arrow said:
    Well, if it works, great. If it doesn't, it's not like anyone seemed to care anyway. :D

    I care. If a gpu can save more power when needed I'm all for that. Even at idle my 2080ti uses more power than I think it should..even if I undervolt it I don't think their power profiles are aggressive enough of maybe it's a matter of capability who knows but when you're paying the electric bill..and every other bill for that matter then things like this become more important. Especially if the gpu is used for more than just gaming.