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Navi 14: Consumer and workstation bound?

Navi 14: Consumer and workstation bound? (Image source: AMD)
Navi 14: Consumer and workstation bound? (Image source: AMD)
Much has been spoken about AMD pitching Navi 14 against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series. However, a recent patch to the AMDGPU Linux kernel DRM driver suggests that the company has other plans for the upcoming graphics chip too.

Until now, the talk about Navi 14 has been focussed on consumer GPUs. Previously, we have seen several Navi 14 SKUs appear on CompuBench, with the graphics chip expected to challenge the GeForce GTX 16 series. NVIDIA may even be planning to resurrect the GTX 1650 Ti and give the GTX 1660Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 leaks: images, specifications, price, availability a SUPER upgrade as additional competition. However, this is the first time, of which we are aware, that anyone has spotted workstation-related Navi 14 hardware.

The news comes courtesy from Michael Larabel at Phoronix, who spotted a patch to the AMDGPU Linux kernel DRM driver that an AMD employee made on September 6. The patch adds two references to the upcoming graphics chip, with both containing "navi14-PCI-ID-for-work-station-SKU" within their names. The new PCI IDs are 0x7341 and 0x7347, for reference. A subsequent patch adds 0x734F, another workstation SKU. The ID includes "Pro-XLM" too, a reference that we, Phoronix and Tom's Hardware have not seen before.

So, it seems that AMD is planning to bring at least three Navi 14-based workstation GPUs to market. We would recommend not getting your hopes up that AMD is planning to use Navi 14 to take on the NVIDIA Quadro series, as they are likely to be the company's new budget line-up. Hence, we expect Navi 14 to be the basis of a new set of affordable workstation GPUs, instead.

Source(s) (1) (2) via Phoronix (1) (2), Hexus & Tom's Hardware

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Alex Alderson, 2019-09-13 (Update: 2019-09-13)