AMD'S NEXT-GEN Navi graphics could come with ray-tracing power, as well as "fundamental" architecture changes.
That's according to YouTube channel RedGamingTech. It claims to have some exclusive information around Navi, whereby a source in the know said Team Red's upcoming architecture will sport light rendering capabilities.
In case you don't know, ray-tracing renders the path of light from sources and the way it's reflected and bounced back from the surfaces it hits to enable so-called global illumination; read: realistic lighting.
How AMD will implement the power needed for ray-tracing isn't made clear; we doubt it'll have dedicated cores like Nvidia's 20-series graphics cards, as AMD tends to take a different approach to GPUs. Yet if it comes with as-yet-undiscussed architecture changes then we could see a big shift in AMD's graphics foundations.
But the ray-tracing capabilities will be held for Navi 20, a second-generation take on Navi; the first-gen will pop up this year, according to the YouTuber's source, with a 10 suffix.
Navi 10 is predicted be a more run-of-the-mill AMD GPU, likely targeted at the mid-range arena. Navi 20, on the other hand, will bring more capabilities and thanks to "some actual fundamental changes in architecture" will likely be aimed more at the high-end graphics card market.
Navi 20 was claimed by RedGamingTech's source to be looking at rubbing shoulders with the likes of the GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.
Given previous rumours have suggested Navi would be aimed at the mid-market, not high-end graphics card arena, the new details seem pretty ambitious.
It's worth noting that RedGamingTech is hearing all this from a source that heard stuff from AMD; the YouTuber didn't hear this stuff directly. So it's worth taking this news with a great deal of salty scepticism.
But AMD does need something to knock Nvidia of its sumptuously rendered high horse, so if it can push of ray-tracing capabilities with its GPUs scheduled for 2020, then it could be on to a winner. µ
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