AMD vows not to be like NVIDIA and curb future
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AMD vows not to be like NVIDIA and curb future GPU power consumption

AMD Senior Vice President Sam Naffziger gave the portal an interview Tom’s hardware. There he said that AMD wants to pay particular attention to energy efficiency in future graphics card generations, but at the same time may resort to higher power consumption compared to current graphics cards. This is not mentioned directly, but perhaps we are talking about Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards on 5nm RDNA-3 graphics chips.

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“The demand for high gaming and computing power is constantly growing. At the same time, the transition to new technical processes that achieve this achievement is slowing down – Naffzig noticed. Therefore, to improve performance, you need to increase power consumption. However, according to an AMD spokesman, the company has a lot of energy efficiency solutions planned. To keep the balance between performance and consumption. Note that AMD has previously stated that the Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards will offer a 50 percent increase in performance per watt compared to the current Radeon RX 6000.

Performance is key. But even if our solutions are more energy efficient, that doesn’t mean we won’t increase energy consumption when the competition is. On the other hand, they have to increase energy consumption much more than we do.”— stressed the representative of AMD.

So AMD says that in addition to improving energy efficiency, it can also increase power consumption, but not as much as the competition. First of all, this applies to flagship solutions, since it is more difficult to increase the performance there. Future older AMD Radeon graphics cards (not necessarily RX 7000) will most likely consume more power than the Radeon RX 6000. At the same time, ensuring lower consumption than NVIDIA’s will not be so difficult, as rumors about it have been circulating on the web for a long time, that the power consumption of some graphics cards of the GeForce RTX 40 series based on the Ada Lovelace architecture will be over 400 watts.

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Image source: AMD

Naffziger did not give any specific details about future AMD graphics cards during the interview. It is not yet known whether AMD plans to equip its new accelerators with a large number of power connections. In the reference version, the Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards are equipped with one or two 8-pin auxiliary power connectors. Among the non-reference versions there are models with three such connectors. The question remains whether the Radeon RX 7000 reference version will have three of these connectors or whether the company will opt for the new 12+4-pin PCIe 5.0 power connector. However, the new 12 + 4-pin connector is already being credited to GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards.

The announcement of the Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards is expected this fall. Previously, there were rumors that some new series GPUs will consist of multiple crystals with different engineering processes (5 and 6 nm). Naffziger confirmed that AMD’s GPUs will have complex chiplet layouts in the future.

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