AMD Van Gogh Lite GFX 1040 GPU spotted: RDNA2 Little Navi graphics possible on upcoming APU, potentially blowing away Tiger Lake Xe and the NVIDIA GeForce MX350
Tipster @KOMACHI_ENSAKA spotted a mention of "Van Gogh Lite," possibly a lower-end entrant in AMD's upcoming Van Gogh APU lineup, in what appears to be Linux graphics driver code. The device listing indicates that Van Gogh Lite will utilise GFX 1040 graphics, as compared to the standard Van Gogh APU, which is set to use GFX 1033.
Earlier leaks have indicated that a GFX10 series device ID refers to Navi parts. For instance, the Navi 10 GPU powering the Radeon RX 5700 XT is codenamed GFX 1010. On the other hand, we have Vega-powered APUs like the Renoir lineup which use GFX 909, the RX Vega variant powering Ryzen 4000 mobile.
We know very little about Van Gogh graphics right now, and indeed about the recently discovered Van Gogh Lite. However, correlating the device IDs with patterns from previous-gen hardware offers a few insights.
For one, the bigger number (GFX 1040, as opposed to GFX 1033) likely correlates to a smaller GPU. GFX 1020 likely refers to second-gen RDNA2 Big Navi, while GFX 1033 - the standard Van Gogh GPU - is a "Little Navi" variant, possibly a successor to Navi 14, the chip used in the AMD Radeon RX 5300M discrete GPU. If this is true, we might be looking at an integrated solution that bests both Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake Xe graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce MX350.
Van Gogh Lite could either be a salvage part or an as-yet uncovered mobile Navi GPU. In any case, the Van Gogh lineup isn't set to arrive until next year at the earliest. We should get more information in the months to come.