References to AMD’s Navi 31 Spotted in Apple macOS 11 Beta Drivers

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It is no secret that AMD is preparing a new line of graphics cards. The upcoming “Big Navi” will be the successor to the Radeon RX 5000 series. AMD’s current Radeon RX 5000 series featured two firsts with the introduction of the RDNA architecture and PCIe 4.0 support. Big Navi is rumored to incorporate RDNA 2 and possibly compete against NVIDIA’s top-tier offerings. Meanwhile, there have also been rumors about Navi refreshes and potential Apple variants. Popular leaker _rogame has spotted several references for these in the latest beta driver for macOS11 “Big Sur.”

The first are variants that have already been reported on. Navi 21, 22, and 23 may actually be refreshes, or a variant for forthcoming Macs. Next is Navi 31. This could be “Big Navi,” or as some are already calling it, “Bigger Navi.”

New Navi Listings

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The next little tidbits have interesting possibilities all on their own. We already reported that AMD could be using a chiplet-based design for its Cezanne APU. Igor’s Lab has postulated on the existence of another new design as well. He also theorizes that a new GPU, beginning with the letters “Mi,” could have both single and multi-chip versions. Lo and behold; there is a mention of both Cezanne and something that could be these new Mi GPUs in the driver.

Image: _rogame
Image: _rogame
Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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