MacOS’s latest Mojave update contains references to AMD’s upcoming 7nm Navi GPU within it.
The MacOS Mojave update source code contains a file named “AMDRadeon6000HWServiceskext”, within four separate Navi SKUs are listed. The Mojave update refers to Navi 16, Navi 12, Navi 10 and Navi 9.
We’ve not got much to go on here but, judging from the Radeon RX Vega’s naming convention this refers to the number of Compute Units (CU) enabled on each Navi GPU, ranging from 16 CU on a Navi 16 down to 9 CU on the Navi 9. The number of Stream Processors on each CU would dictate the total number of cores on a Navi GPU, although this would be just guesswork from here and it’s inherently meaningless without knowing the clock speed of these cores.
What it does mean though is the pieces are moving behind the scenes in regards to AMD’s next-generation Navi 7nm graphics cards. A mid-summer release date for AMD Navi is being touted so there’s still a bit of a wait but it’ll be nice to see the low-end and mid-range graphics card markets receive some love after months of premium price GPUs.
We’ve heard repeated rumours AMD won’t be targeting the top-end of the market here, instead hitting the crucial price-to-performance efficiency sector. To that end, we’re expecting the imminent Radeon VII to remain the fastest AMD graphics processor on the market. The last we heard was AMD was targeting GTX 1080 performance for $250, a feat that could prove a tempting proposition and undercut the GeForce RTX 2060 and, potentially, outperform the mooted GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.