AMD Radeon RX 6600 to feature 32MB Infinity Cache?

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 30 2021 @ 11:39 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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New Linux code from AMD reveals a couple of tidbits about future GPU and APU chips.

Radeon RX 6600 gets 32MB Infinity Cache

First up, VideoCardz reports the Navi 23 GPU will get 32MB Infinity Cache. The Navi 23 GPU will likely be used by the Radeon RX 6600 or 6500 series.
The file has received an update for Sienna Cichlid (Navi 21), Navy Flounder (Navi 22), and Dimgrey Cavefish (Navi 23). The Infinity Cache is not mentioned directly, but the file does list Level 3 Cache, which is basically what Infinity Cache is. While Navi 21 features 128*1024 (128MB) of Infinity Cache, the just-released Navi 22 has 96MB. According to the file, it would seem that Navi 23 has 32 MBs.
The same Linux patch also reveals the Van Gogh APU will not have Infinity Cache. This is contrary to earlier expectations. It's still unknown how Van Gogh will be launched. VideoCardz says there are two lines of thinking. First, there's the belief that Van Gogh is just another mid-range APU. But then there are also whispers that Van Gogh could be a special APU for an unnamed handheld console.

Boutique PC makers start shipping gaming PCs without GPU

Video cards have been in short supply for many months -- it's extremely hard to find a card for a decent price. Smaller boutique PC builders are running into the same issue -- which now results in the sales of gaming PCs without a video card.

ExtremeTech writes UK-based FiercePC is now selling several gaming PCs without a preinstalled video card. Some of these systems use an F-series Intel Core processor -- so these won't even boot due to the lack of integrated graphics. It's a little absurd to see as the video card is the most important part of a gaming PC. But without a supply of video cards, the firm has to resort to selling GPU-less boxes.
The point of buying a boutique PC is that you’re paying for convenience and some degree of customization. This very much includes not having to install core components yourself. Selling a platform absent the GPU implies GPU prices are rising, even for OEMs. This would make sense, given that multiple companies like MSI and Asus are planning to increase prices as availability drops. Gamers know that integrated graphics aren’t intended for gaming, and there’s not enough variance in integrated GPU configurations to build a product stack out of in the first place. Selling the systems in a “BYOG” configuration lets FiercePC avoid throwing a card in at all, and it dodges the negative associated with selling a high-end boutique PC that depends entirely on its iGPU.
So far it's just one boutique PC maker -- it will be interesting to see if others will follow.

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