Chinese domestic GPUs could achieve NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 performance, tapering off in Q3 2021
GPUs made in China may soon offer close to or even equivalent performance to high-end AMD and NVIDIA GPUs from 2017. In a report, it is mentioned that Jingjia Micro, a Chinese GPU maker in the Changsha region is set to release its first high-end GPU band in the third quarter of 2021.
Will Chinese Made GPUs Achieve NVIDIA GTX 1080 and AMD RX Vega 64 Performance Levels?
At the last investor meeting, Jingjia Micro reported that its JM9 series GPUs that the performance of their next lineup is good, and that the company expects the first band to come out of its chip in the third quarter of 2021.
The company produces two GPUs, the JM9231 and the JM9271. These two GPUs will target different levels of performance, with the JM9231 being compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and the JM9271 declared to offer performance comparable to that of the GeForce GTX 1080 and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64. Both GPUs will be manufactured according to the 28 nm process. node. The specifications of these chips are detailed below.
Jingjia Micro JM9271 GPU – Performance target: NVIDIA GTX 1080 and AMD RX Vega 64
The Jingjia Micro JM9271 GPU will be the flagship chip that will feature a maximum computing power of around 8.0 TFLOP. This brings it closer to the 8.9 TFLOP of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. Its specifications include support for the PCIe 4.0 x16 interface, up to 16 GB of HBM memory offering up to 512 GB / s of bandwidth, a pixel fill rate of 128 GPixels / s which is higher than the 111 GPixels / s of the GeForce GTX 1080, and a GPU clock frequency of around 1800 MHz. The chip will feature a 200W TDP, which means AMD and NVIDIA will have the upper hand with better compute nodes.
The GPU will feature HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.3 outputs for display with H.265 / 4K 60FPS encoding. It will also be compatible with the OpenGL 4.5 and OpenCL 2.0 APIs. No DirectX support is mentioned.
Jingjia Micro JM9231 GPU – Performance target: NVIDIA GTX 1050 & AMD RX 460/560
Moving on to the entry-level variant, we have the Jingjia Micro JM9231 which would offer compute performance of 2.0 TFLOP, so slightly faster than the GTX 1050 but at twice the TDP (150W vs. 75W). The card will sync around the 1.5 GHz range and be compatible with PCIe 3.0 x16. The GPU will also feature a standard 8 GB GDDR5 memory interface with a bandwidth of 256 GB / s, a pixel fill rate of 32 GPixels / s.
Although Jingjia Micro does not compete in terms of efficiency, producing these GPUs in the country will help the company to offer attractive prices for its products compared to the NVIDIA and AMD lineup. We can expect more details like performance and power figures to come. China is also working on its own HPC GPUs that will compete in the data center and cloud computing segment.