Extremely anticipated: The AMD and Samsung partnership to deliver Radeon graphics to a cellular SoC, two years in the making, is eventually near bearing fruit. Whereas established cellular leaker Ice Universe claims that the product’s launch has been pushed again to July, rumors recommend it is greater than able to taking up present and upcoming Mali GPUs.
The plans for a Samsung SoC that includes Radeon graphics been talked about aplenty for the reason that initial reveal in 2019, nevertheless it’s again within the limelight after AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su brought it up throughout her Computex 2021 keynote.
In response to Ice Universe, the Exynos + Radeon collaboration was due for launch this month, nevertheless it’s been pushed to July. Nonetheless, samples are already in hand of companions and within the testing section. If posts on Korean discussion board Clien are to be believed, the SoC is displaying robust outcomes in opposition to rivals after having crushed Apple’s A14 Bionic earlier this year.
Unique：Samsung×AMD GPU was initially scheduled to be launched in June, however now it has been postponed to July, after we will know the efficiency of AMD GPU on Exynos and different particulars. pic.twitter.com/GM6W8l3EKY
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 20, 2021
The Clien thread’s OP claims that, at peak efficiency, the cellular RDNA2 GPU was in a position to narrowly beat out Arm’s next-generation Mali GPU. It additionally noticed harsher throttling than anticipated after preliminary rounds of testing, dropping about 20% efficiency after the primary check after which 30% after the second — however even when throttled this badly, the mRDNA2 GPU was allegedly nonetheless in a position to beat out the present high finish Mali GPU (presumably the Mali-G78, unveiled last year).
The discussion board posts additionally allege that outcomes are adequate that Samsung are abandoning their very own GPU growth efforts, and that Google has been eyeing up the collaboration and should have signed up as a buyer.
Information about AMD mRDNA2 peak/general efficiency
The rumor of which mRDNA2 is ready to be outfitted within the subsequent Exynos is overwhelming the competitor chip in peak efficiency, in response to an precise efficiency check.
— Tron ❂ #MicrosoftEvent (@FrontTron) June 19, 2021
Whereas these early outcomes look promising, a drop in efficiency by 30% after simply two check runs is not nice, particularly as GPU-demanding hundreds like video games require sustained efficiency quite than transient hundreds like many benchmarks. This, sadly, appears to be a product of the SoC’s manufacturing course of greater than the chip’s personal design, as previous testing by Anandtech has pointed to Samsung’s 5 nm node nonetheless solely taking part in catch-up to TSMC’s 7 nm merchandise in effectivity phrases.
Then once more, the Exynos-Radeon collaboration has additionally been hinted to be coming to laptop platforms instead of Qualcomm’s 8cx Gen 3, which ought to supply far more headroom in thermals and energy administration. That might see the chip pit in opposition to the 8cx’s Adreno graphics, particulars of which Qualcomm have remained quite tight-lipped about thus far.