AMD has not one or two but five different variants of mid to high-end graphics cards suggest a new leak. Interestingly, in addition to reportedly revealing the existence of five new Navi 14 ‘Radeon RX’ GPUs, the leak also mentions a new parameter that might come to define the different variants in terms of their performance.
Multiple comments and a thread at Reddit are abuzz with activity about mystery AMD graphics cards. Apparently, AMD is preparing a whole range of Radeon RX Navi 14 GPUs featuring different cores and clocks configuration. Analysis of the threads and comments strongly indicate AMD is working on at least five variants of the Navi 14 GPU. As is generally the case, AMD is attempting to cover a wide range of markets and budgets. It is doing so by offering varying mainstream products for dedicated desktop graphics cards and laptop discrete graphics chips. But what is more interesting is that the SKUs are being classified by their ‘Peak/Game Clock’, a parameter that appears to be introduced recently by AMD.
AMD Readying Five Different Configurations Of Radeon RX Navi 14 GPUs For Multiple Markets And Budgets:
In the recent past, it was repeatedly indicated that AMD was readying the Radeon RX 5500, Radeon RX 5500 XT and Radeon RX 5500M discrete graphics cards/chips. However, according to the latest leak, which is traced back to agd5f/Linux repository, there are at least five Radeon RX Navi 14 GPUs. The tweet below reveals them:
RUMOR There could be 5 different versions of the AMD Navi 14 GPU.
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— Tech's Interceptor (@TechInterceptor) November 4, 2019
What’s interesting to note is that these SKUs, some of which haven’t yet been officially acknowledged, are being identified or mentioned along with ‘Peak Clock Speeds’. AMD had recently changed the way clocks are referred to for the higher-end Navi GPUs. The company had decided to offer three Clock Speeds for each of the discrete graphics cards/chips. The lowest clock speed was to be considered as the Base Clock, which is supposed to be the standard operating clock by default. While this is common knowledge, AMD changed the top-end nomenclature.
In other words, when it comes to boost frequencies, AMD has recently introduced two unique Clock Speeds. One of them is the ‘Game Clock Speed’ and the other is the ‘Boost Clock Speed’. The Boost Clock Speed is fairly common knowledge as the highest, top or peak rated speed that the GPU can hit. The Game Clock Speed is the new entrant in the classification of GPUs/graphics cards. Apparently, the Game Clock Speed is the ‘Average Boost Clock’ where the GPU is usually going to sit in. It is not immediately clear what AMD means by average boost clock, but it is quite likely that the Game Clock could be a general setting, while the Base Clock could the speed when the GPU is idling or without any load.
— Tom's Hardware (@tomshardware) November 1, 2019
Incidentally, the Linux repository uses the term ‘Peak Clock’ for the Game Clock, and that is how the five different configurations of AMD Radeon RX Navi 14 GPUs could be classified and identified. As evident from the list above, the Navi 14 XTX (1717 MHz) is for the Radeon RX 5500 XT, the Navi 14 XT is for the Radeon RX 5500 (1670 MHz), the Navi 14 XTM (1448 MHz) is for the Radeon RX 5500M. That leaves only the Navi 14 XL and the Navi 14 XLM. It is strongly believed that the Navi 14 XL could be an affordable or budget AMD desktop graphics card known as the AMD Radeon RX 5300. The Navi 14 XLM SKU could be branded as Radeon RX 5300M and destined for laptops or notebooks with discrete graphics solutions.
AMD Taking On NVIDIA Turing Lineup With Radeon RX Navi 14 GPUs?
AMD readying so many alternatives and giving consumers choice is primarily to counter the NVIDIA’s mainstream Turing lineup which was recently announced for desktop PCs. Given the indicative performance and clock speeds, the Navi 14 architecture isn’t truly a viable competitor to TU116 GPU based cards. However, AMD is known to offer a lot of value for money for its graphics solution. Moreover, the Turing-based NVIDIA GPUs sit at a much higher base price, while the mid to affordable range is at a completely different price point.
Although the Turing Architecture might be a tough competition for AMD, its Navi Architecture isn’t dragging its feet. In fact, a final version of a powerful, high-end, and possibly flagship AMD Radeon Graphics Card or GPU is reportedly under process. With the desktop CPU market favoring AMD, and Intel entering the GPU market, the next year promises several surprises.