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AMD Renoir APU Graphics Configurations Seemingly Discovered In Driver

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An adventurous Redditor has reportedly uncover the graphics configurations for AMD's next-generation Renoir APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). The juicy details were hidden deep inside the December 2019 edition of the AMD Bootcamp Drivers.

As a quick reminder, we're expecting AMD to stick its Zen 2 microarchitecture into the Renoir chips. The APUs are also expected to be fabricated on TSMC's 7nm process node like AMD's other offerings. Lamentably, previous Linux patches seem to indicate that Renoir will continue to use Vega graphics, so its possible that Navi won't debut in the APU space on this generation.

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AMD Renoir APUs (Image credit: rogame/Reddit)

The recently unearthed information reveals that AMD could be preparing a ton of Renoir chips for both the mobile and desktop markets. The driver points to a total of 28 different Renoir parts, 14 for each segment. As usual, there will be the normal APUs and their Pro counterparts.

Starting with the desktop, Renoir will seemingly come in 65W and 35W flavors. There are mentions of six 65W and eight 35W Renoir APUs. The 65W models are equipped with 6 CUs (Compute Units), eight or nine CUs and 10 or 11 CUs. The 35W models, on the other hand, will start at three or four CUs, 6 CUs, 8 CUs and max out at 10 CUs.

Renoir on the mobile will allegedly adhere to the 45W and 15W TDP (thermal design power). Apparently, AMD could launch six 45W and eight 15W SKUs. The 45W chips could come with eight or nine CUs, 10 or 11 CUs and 12 or 13 CUs. The 15W models will be available with the aforementioned configurations along with the addition to the entry-level chips that start with six CUs.

  • Rdslw
    anyone know place where I can preorder?
    With 6/12 & 10×64 (assuming it will be identical to current, and I think they might go for 84 shaders per CU) its enough for casual usage, and with their power efficiency that laptop gonna be dope. I dont care about brand, I just want a mobile unit that can game sometimes without 2x 200W bricks.....
    I've seen laptops with R7 & 32 GB of ram priced same way as i5 with 8GB of ram.... and I like what I saw, but I need 6/12 CPU..... so....
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  • ChaosFenix
    Isn't the bigger story here that support for AMD APUs are being found in APPLE bootcamp drivers? If this is accurate wouldn't it mean that apple is considering AMD APUs for at least some of apple products. And importantly not just as the GPU vendor that they have been for years but that apple would actually be using them for the CPU as well? At least in my book that would be an even bigger win than the Surface laptop if we are going to start seeing AMD APUs in like the Macbook Air.
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  • The_Arioch
    What is special in Navi comparing to Radeon 7, Instinct M, etc ?

    It was said, AMD reduced computing power and used freed transistor budget to increase gaming power. Became more GeForcish.

    Now i wonder, does Navi really suit APU well?
    On gaming vs GPGPU scale desktop gaming cards and laptop MSM cards are clearly towards gaming.

    Who of discrete cards customers wants more of compute - should instead buy an unrestricted Instinct M for premium price.

    Now, what about pure APU w/o discrete videocard? Obviously there will be no two line-ups on the shelves, so to say APU-Instinct vs API-Radeon.
    There'll be no choice.

    So AMD has to maintain another gaming vs GPGPU balance there. And consider that they want to sell Navi MSM cards for gaming laptops, too.

    Maybe shifting balance pro-gaming against-computing is not really needed for APU segment afterall?
    Maybe keeping previous, GPGPU-friendly Radeon architecture makes sense there, actually?
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  • TJ Hooker
    Rdslw said:
    anyone know place where I can preorder?
    With 6/12 & 10×64 (assuming it will be identical to current, and I think they might go for 84 shaders per CU) its enough for casual usage, and with their power efficiency that laptop gonna be dope. I dont care about brand, I just want a mobile unit that can game sometimes without 2x 200W bricks.....
    I've seen laptops with R7 & 32 GB of ram priced same way as i5 with 8GB of ram.... and I like what I saw, but I need 6/12 CPU..... so....
    http://shutupandtakemymoney.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/shut-up-logo-1000.png
    Where do you see that Renoir will be 6 core/12 thread?

    All information I've seen points to the iGPUs being mostly the same as for Picasso, except with a clock speed bump (due to the node shrink). So nothing crazy in terms of GPU performance gains, I wouldn't expect a 10 CU renoir iGPU to perform hugely better than existing 10 CU APUs.

    I don't think AMD has even officially announced these chips, let alone made them available for pre-order.
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  • ChaosFenix
    The_Arioch said:
    What is special in Navi comparing to Radeon 7, Instinct M, etc ?

    It was said, AMD reduced computing power and used freed transistor budget to increase gaming power. Became more GeForcish.

    Now i wonder, does Navi really suit APU well?
    On gaming vs GPGPU scale desktop gaming cards and laptop MSM cards are clearly towards gaming.

    Who of discrete cards customers wants more of compute - should instead buy an unrestricted Instinct M for premium price.

    Now, what about pure APU w/o discrete videocard? Obviously there will be no two line-ups on the shelves, so to say APU-Instinct vs API-Radeon.
    There'll be no choice.

    So AMD has to maintain another gaming vs GPGPU balance there. And consider that they want to sell Navi MSM cards for gaming laptops, too.

    Maybe shifting balance pro-gaming against-computing is not really needed for APU segment afterall?
    Maybe keeping previous, GPGPU-friendly Radeon architecture makes sense there, actually?
    I am not exactly sure on your questions here but Navi is more performant for gaming than Vega. The RDNA architectureuses less power and is more powerful of an architecture.This is how a 5700XT with 40 CUs is able to tie a Radeon VII with 60CUs, Both of these would be desirable in an APU as they are usually meant for mobile. RDNA is more or less backwards compatible on compute though with GCN so it is able to provide a performance boost for gaming while still being useful for GPGPU. The ideal APU here would be one with Zen2 on the CPU side and RDNA on the GPU side. We know they will be Zen2 but it is still unknown if it will use GCN or RDNA, though it is suspected it will be GCN. I honestly don't think that AMD is serious about APUs and mobile yet the margins in those spaces are lower and they have a limited fab capacity. If they can only produce 1000 chips a day it makes more sense to them to sell that silicon to enterprise with 65% margins than to consumers with 35% margins.
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  • Rdslw
    TJ Hooker said:
    Where do you see that Renoir will be 6 core/12 thread?

    All information I've seen points to the iGPUs being mostly the same as for Picasso, except with a clock speed bump (due to the node shrink). So nothing crazy in terms of GPU performance gains, I wouldn't expect a 10 CU renoir iGPU to perform hugely better than existing 10 CU APUs.

    I don't think AMD has even officially announced these chips, let alone made them available for pre-order.

    I don't know, but its logical thing as 3000 series don't even have 4 core part in desktop ....
    and About IGPU, I dont really need sick gains, but I care for better power/heat work culture, and zen2 brought those to desktop.
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  • TJ Hooker
    Rdslw said:
    I don't know, but its logical thing as 3000 series don't even have 4 core part in desktop ....
    Well, neither did the 2000 series unless you count OEM-only parts.
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  • Rdslw
    TJ Hooker said:
    Well, neither did the 2000 series unless you count OEM-only parts.
    Well I want at least one with 6/12 config or more, not all. They push every little possible parameter each upgrade, let me have hope I could run away from intel mobile platform....
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  • MasterMadBones
    Rdslw said:
    anyone know place where I can preorder?
    With 6/12 & 10×64 (assuming it will be identical to current, and I think they might go for 84 shaders per CU) its enough for casual usage, and with their power efficiency that laptop gonna be dope. I dont care about brand, I just want a mobile unit that can game sometimes without 2x 200W bricks.....
    I've seen laptops with R7 & 32 GB of ram priced same way as i5 with 8GB of ram.... and I like what I saw, but I need 6/12 CPU..... so....
    http://shutupandtakemymoney.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/shut-up-logo-1000.png
    Vega's design is limited to 64 SPs per CU. 84 SPs would require a major redesign.

    Vega can't access each SP individually either. Each CU is comprised of 4 16-wide 64-way (4 cycles at 16 per cycle) SIMD units. 84 would be misaligned. Even 80 would have been more likely, not taking into account other design elements.

    The_Arioch said:
    It was said, AMD reduced computing power and used freed transistor budget to increase gaming power. Became more GeForcish.
    Navi hasn't reduced compute power compared to Vega at all. AMD has gone from the aforementioned configuration to two 32-way single-cycle SIMD units per CU, which reduces the throughput and latency penalties having to perform an instruction on a single data point, which happens more often in gaming or 3D rendering scenarios. This also improves compute performance but to a lesser degree. Especially machine learning tasks will not benefit very much, although RDNA does have less requirement for memory bandwidth, which is a big performance limiter in ML.

    The more complex decoders and new cache hierarchy have increased the number of transistors required per CU, however, which is why large GCN GPUs make more sense for workloads that act on large collections of equivalent data.

    Nevertheless, I don't think GCN will still be around after Arcturus. As FPGAs and ASICs are taking over the ML stage, GPUs continue to make less sense for these extremely SIMD-heavy workloads. GCN can't scale beyond 64 CUs in its current state either. Add to that the fact that the transistor benefit for GCN over RDNA becomes less of a consideration as new process nodes rise and mature.
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