AMD Previews the RDNA 4 Architecture for RX 8000 Series Graphics Cards

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has given gamers a sneak peek into the future of its Radeon RX graphics card lineup. The company is working on the next-generation RDNA4 architecture, which will power the upcoming RX 8000 series graphics cards. The official roadmap of the company shows that the new architecture is scheduled to be launched before 2024.

AMD Radeon technical director Wang Qishang and executive vice president of AMD Computing and Graphics Business Division Rick Bergman revealed some of AMD's GPU strategies, including the upcoming RDNA 4 graphics architecture, in a recent interview with 4Gamer's program. Although the executives did not provide a specific timeline for the release of the new GPUs, they did use the phrase "near future," suggesting that the launch is not too far away.

The Manufacturing of GPUs for Various Platforms

AMD is currently manufacturing GPUs for various platforms, including mobile devices (Exynos 2200), game consoles, and cars (Tesla). The company plans to continue developing GPUs that will cater to the needs of these different markets, not just gamers.

Advanced Shader Techniques and AI Acceleration

Wang Qishang said that AMD's current RDNA 3 GPU has an indirect accelerator (Multi-Draw Indirect Accelerator) that can handle MDI at the hardware level, called "MDIA." RDNA 3 offers 2.3x the performance compared to RDNA 2 GPUs, making it a suitable replacement for the classic LoD (Level of Detail).

For the upcoming RDNA 4 architecture, AMD plans to implement more advanced shaders and techniques as part of its new GPU programming model. The company is also committed to the ROCm software suite, which is on par with NVIDIA's CUDA platform.

AI-Based Acceleration

AMD doesn't want to limit AI accelerators to just upgrading features like FSR, XeSS, and DLSS. The company believes that AI accelerators in consumer graphics cards may focus more on in-game AI behavior, such as the behavior of enemies and NPCs. Developers can also leverage AI accelerators to provide users with a better gaming experience.

According to Wang Qishang, AMD is developing FSR 3 technology and does not want users to pay extra for features they don't want. He said that without AI-based acceleration, FSR can compete well with NVIDIA's DLSS in anti-aliasing and super-resolution processing.

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