AMD Navi 31 GCD (Graphics Complex Die) is reportedly 350 mm²+ in size

Published: Jul 20th 2022, 07:46 GMT   Comments

Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.

AMD flagship RDNA3 GPU reportedly has a small graphics die, but there is a reason

The upcoming Navi 31 GPU reportedly features 350 mm² graphics die, significantly smaller than the rumored figures from last year.

According to Greymon55, AMD Navi 31 GCD (Graphics Complex Die) is only 350 mm² in size. That’s a relatively small die compared to existing Navi 21 GPU (520 mm²), but the design of next-gen AMD RDNA3 architecture is not as straightforward to simply be compared to current-gen GPUs.

The following mockup shows rumored GCD size relative to Navi 21 GPU die. Do note that package size or MCD size is still unknown.

Estimated Navi 31 GCD size compared to Navi 21 GPU, Source: VideoCardz

AMD RDNA3 architecture is to feature advanced packaging technology with GCD and MCD (Memory Complex Die) connected to each other. The Navi 31 GPU is said to feature one GCD and up to six MCDs. The innovative GCD+MCD design is to be used by both Navi 31 and Navi 32 GPUs, with Navi 33 going the monolithic way. With an estimated GCD size of 350 mm², and six GCDs at 40 mm² each, the full design could measure 590 mm² which is almost as big as the rumored NVIDIA AD102 GPU (~600 mm²).

As pointed out by, the AMD Navi 21 GPU without the Infinity Cache and memory controllers (things that should end up in MCDs), would be 375 mm² in size, so still larger than the rumored Navi 31 figure.

But there is a reason why Navi 31’s GCD is relatively smaller. As noted by @Kepler_L2 who has been analyzing the AMD RDNA3 Linux updates, the new architecture will remove some unnecessary graphics complex from RDNA3 die: XGMI, Global Data Share (GDS), Legacy Geometry Pipeline or Legacy Scan Converter. Those things combined with a smaller process node may explain the size of Navi 31 GCD.

One should also mention that Greymon55 has already teased a possibility of AMD releasing an even more advanced GPU. This mysterious chip is reportedly designed for 16384 core count, which should be expected later. Very little is known about this GPU otherwise, and it is not entirely clear if it will make its way to the consumer space in the first place. However, given NVIDIA’s aggressive and power-hungry plans for Ada GPUs, this new chip may be exactly what AMD needs to compete.

Fabrication NodeTBCTSMC 5nm + 6nmTSMC 5nm + 6nmTSMC 6nm
GPU PackageMulti-Chip-Module (MCM)Multi-Chip-Module (MCM)Multi-Chip-Module (MCM)Monolithic
GPU SizeTBC1x 350 + 6x 40 ≈ 590 mm² TBCTBC
Configuration2x GCD + (?) MCD1x GCD + 6x MCD1x GCD + 4x MCDTBC
Shader Engines8642
Shader Arrays161284
RDNA Workgroups (WGP)64483216
Compute Units128966432
Stream Processors163841228881924096
Memory & BusTBC24GB GDDR6 384-bit16GB GDDR6 256-bit8GB GDDR6 128-bit
Memory BandwidthTBC864 GB/s (18 Gbps)576 GB/s (18 Gbps)288 GB/s (18 Gbps)
 Infinity CacheTBC192 MB128 MB64 MB
PCIe InterfaceTBCPCIe Gen5PCIe Gen5PCIe Gen5
Release2023Q3 2022Q1 2023Q4 2022
Rumored SKURadeon PRORadeon RX 7900XTRadeon RX 7700XTRadeon RX 7600XT
All information based on rumors. (Updated: July 20 2022)

Source: @Greymon55

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