AMD Radeon Instinct goes 7nm Vega

AMD beats Nvidia to the 7nm GPU finish line

AMD has confirmed that the 7nm Zen 2 family will launch with server-centric Epyc parts, showing off an engineering sample which uses a new multi-die configuration based on the concept of "chiplets" linked with an improved version of Infinity Fabric to offer 64 physical cores and 128 logical threads on a single processor. The finalized product has finally been officially revealed during its Next Horizon event in San Francisco earlier today in the form of AMD Radeon Instinct MI60.

AMD's 7nm Vega GPU packs 13.2 billion transistors in a 331mm^2 package, compared to 12.5 billion transistors in a 486^mm package in the original Vega. Although the former isn't of much interest to us since the announced-so-far Vega graphics chips won't be made available to consumers, the CPU news is much more pressing as it furthers rumors that AMD's next-generation architecture will make it not only competitive with Intel on cost, but on overall raw power too. They have also unveiled the world's 1st 7nm GPU.

Aside from the jump to 7nm, both the Radeon Instinct MI50 and MI60 include HBM2 ECC memory with up to 1TB/s bandwidth and PCIe 4.0 interconnect, flexible FP16, FP32 and INT4/INT8 capabilities and two "Infinity Fabric" links per GPU. The Radeon Instinct MI60 comes with 32GB of HMB2, and has both RAS support, MxGPU (HW SR-IOV) support for secure virtualized workload, and has a 300W TDP.

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AMD has also introduced the lower-end Radeon Instinct MI50 accelerator that still comes with the same 7nm Vega 20 GPU but features lower amount of Compute Units and stream processors at 60 and 3840 respectively. In terms maximum theoretical compute power, AMD claims up to 118 TFLOPS in INT4.

More specifically, AMD claims that the two new Instinct GPUs are "designed to deliver the compute performance required for next-generation deep learning, HPC, cloud computing and rendering applications". It is about 2.8x faster than the MI25 on RESNET-50, with 498 images per second vs 179.

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