AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT to be Faster than RX 6900 XT, Will be the First RX 7000 GPU to Launch [Rumor]

AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XT and 7800 XT series will be the first consumer GPUs to leverage a chiplet or MCM design. Based on the RDNA 3 microarchitecture and fabbed on TSMC’s 5nm+6nm process nodes, these graphics cards are expected to be up to 3x faster than the Radeon RX 6900 XT. The Radeon RX 7000 series will primarily be based on three dies: Navi 31, Navi 32, and Navi 33. Navi 31 will most likely power the Radeon RX 7900 XT, 7800 XT, and 7800, Navi 32 the 7700 XT and the 7700, leaving the Navi 33 die with the RX 7600 and the RX 7600 XT.

The two higher-end GPU cores will be fabbed on TSMC’s 5nm and 6nm nodes (5nm for the compute dies and 6nm for the cache dies). Navi 33, on the other hand, will be manufactured using just the latter. This will most likely be an effort to lower the BOM and offer more competitive/affordable prices for budget GPUs such as the RX 7600 and 7600 XT.

According to @Greymon55, the Navi 33 based Radeon 7000 offerings (Radeon RX 7600 series most probably) will be the first to launch. Despite being one of the lower-end RDNA 3 GPUs, the Radeon RX 7600 XT (or conservatively speaking, the Radeon RX 7700 XT) will be faster than the Radeon RX 6900 XT, the fastest RDNA 2 part.

AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 XT is expected to be announced sometime in the third quarter of 2022, followed by the launch in the same quarter. The higher-end RDNA 3 parts should land sometime in the last quarter of the year.

Previous coverage on the Radeon RX 7000 GPUs:

A mockup of the Navi 3x design can be seen below. Here, the Navi 31 and Navi 32 dies adopt a dual-chiplet design. The Radeon RX 7900 XT will pack up to a total of 15,360 shaders across 60 Work Group Processors (WGPs) paired with 16GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-but bus. The L3 “Infinity” Cache will be increased to 256MB, 3D stacked upon the primary compute die. The GPU core will run at around 2.5GHz, the same as Navi 21 which is a bit surprising considering it’s fabbed on TSMC’s N5 node (might be N6 to improve supply). Overall, Navi 31 should easily be 2.2-2.5x faster than its predecessor, with the RX 7800 XT beating the RX 6800 XT by up to 50%.

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Each Graphics Die (GCD) features three Shader Engines which are made up of two Shader Arrays each. In turn, each Shader Array packs five WGPs containing eight SIMD units(vs four on RDNA 2). The two dies are connected by a bridge interconnect paired with 256MB of L3 “Infinity” Cache. According to the source, the GCDs will be fabbed on TSMC’s 5nm (N5) node while the MCD will be fabbed on the older 6nm (N6) node. Each die should come with a 128-bit bus (divided into eight controllers), resulting in an overall bus width of 256-bit and the same external bandwidth of 448GB/s as the RX 6800 XT/6900XT.

AMD’s RDNA 3 graphics architecture is expected to get a major overhaul at the front-end, with redesigned Work Group Processors in place of Compute Units, or Dual Compute Units. With RDNA 1 and 2, the WGPs were the basic units for workload scheduling (from CUs on GCN/Vega), but it looks like that is going to change again with Navi 3x. Dual Compute Units are being discarded in favor of wider Work Group Processors, packing as many as 256 stream processors across eight 32-wide SIMDs. This means that the wave32 format of scheduling will be retained, but the number of overall active waves will be increased.

Navi 32 is also going to be a chiplet design with two compute dies and one MCD. It’ll power the Radeon RX 7700 XT. We’re looking at a core count of around 10,240 shaders (or 40WGP), and a bus width of 192-bit paired with 12GB of GDDR6 memory. The L3 “Infinity Cache” is most likely going to be cut down to 192MB 3D stacked atop the compute die. The GPU core will run between 2.6-2.8GHz. The Radeon RX 7700 XT should be around 1.5-2x faster than 6700 XT, with roughly the same power draw. Like Navi 31, it’ll be fabbed on TSMC’s 5nm and 6nm process nodes.

Finally, we have the Navi 33 die. It’ll have 4096 shaders (stream processors) across 16 WGPs. It’s expected to power the Radeon RX 7600 XT, making it a massive upgrade over the existing Radeon RX 6600 XT and its 2,304 shaders. What’s interesting is that this GPU core is set to solely leverage TSMC’s N6 node which is essentially a refresh of the N7 node. This makes it a possibility that the Radeon RX 7600 XT (which will be based on this die) will be a refresh as well.

Areej Syed

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