AMD currently uses a 7nm manufacturing process for the RX 5000 series of graphics chips and offers professional-grade graphics cards such as the Radeon Pro Vega II and the Radeon Pro W5700 for the Mac Pro. AMD has ambitious plans for next-generation graphics and GPUs. In AMD’s recent presentation on Financial Analyst Day, the company detailed the next-generation Radeon graphics processing unit, codenamed “Navi 2X,” which uses an RDNA 2 architecture that promises hardware-enabled ray tracing and a range of new features that are macOS-compatible.
The second-generation RDNA card is codenamed “Navi 2X” and its name follows the current GPU, codenamed Navi, Anandtech reported. For high-performance segments. According to the slide show, amd Radeon Navi 2X graphics will enable an uncompromising 4K game while still providing efficient use. AMD doesn’t provide details about the GPU other than the title feature, but it’s already available in Microsoft’s Xbox Series X at the end of the year.
The Navi 2X feature list includes hardware ray-tracing capabilities and variable rate coloring to bring AMD more aligned with the products of its main competitor, Nvidia. AMD intends to continue to use the 7nm process to manufacture the Navi 2X, as with RDNA products.
In terms of power consumption, AMD’s goal is to increase RDNA to RDNA 2 by 50% per watt, improve the microarchitecture to improve performance per clock, reduce logic complexity and switchpower, and overall increase clock speed will drive this improvement.
While there is still a long way to go before the Launch of the Navi 2X, professional Mac users and users who require advanced graphics processing performance will be keeping a close eye on AMD Radeon Navi 2X. With the addition of support for Radeon graphics in Apple Mac OS, this makes AMD the only real upgrade for Mac Pro users and users using external GPU boxes.