Power Consumption Figures for AMD Fiji XT Flagship GPU and Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Leak Out – Bermuda XT Analysed

Power Consumption Figures for AMD Fiji XT Flagship GPU and Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Leak Out – Bermuda XT Analysed

Today’s post will be about two things; first, the alleged power
consumption figures for flagship GPUs of both sides; which leaked out
from the usual Chiphell forums by the way. And secondly, something that has been bugging me about the “Bermuda ES” sample spotted in yesterday’s leak. This something is the fact that we suddenly have benchmarks for a chip that didn’t even exist a week ago.

AMD and Nvidia flagships get their exact power numbers leaked – and what’s up with the Bermuda XT GPU?

Lets start with the power consumption first. Power consumption is a
very important aspect of any commercial GPU and lower power consumption
with decent performance (or power efficiency) is the ideal target.
However, since we are talking about the ultra high end segment here, wattage of upto 250W is tolerable. Keeping that in mind, I don’t really expect any next gen GPU to exceed or even approach this limit. We can tell that the GM200 GPU mentioned here is actually the cut die and not the full fat one.
This is because the difference between the Fiji ES sample and GM200 is
negligible, allowing us to identify it as the cut die thanks to the
benchmarks leaked before.  Anyways, here are the power figures:

Info-Pc Geforce GTX 980 Ti (GM200 cut) Radeon R9 390X/380X (Fiji ES) Geforce GTX 980 Geforce GTX 780 Ti Radeon R9 290X Geforce GTX 970 Radeon R9 285
Relative Performance Scale 199% 195% 169% 154% 148% 144% 100%
Power Consumption 225W 215W 180W 256W 286W 158W 169W
Arbitrary Efficiency 0.884 0.906 0.939 0.602 0.517 0.911 0.592
Relative Efficiency 171% 175.2% 181.6% 116.4% 100% 176.2% 114.5%

To delve deeper into the power paradigm I have also calculated power efficiency based on the numbers provided and using an arbitrary
efficiency number (Relative Performance Scale/Power Consumption) and
then plotting it into a relative scale with the most inefficient GPU as
the base unit
. The GM200 die will most probably be called the GTX 980 Ti (or equivalent) but as usual I want to make it clear that we don’t
really know what it will actually be called. It beats the Fiji ES
sample by approximately 2%. Not really a wide gap by any standard. You
will note that neither the full fat GM200 or the Bermuda XT are mentioned in the leak.
We know for sure that the GM200 exists because its papertrail can be
traced all the way back to its prototyping (anyone remember the circuit
loadboard?).

Now here’s the thing, we leaked the AMD Next Gen nomenclature a very very long time ago,
but to be honest, I am not happy with this development. I had accepted
the fact that Fiji XT is the main die and everything made sense, Zauba
shipping data included, but now we have a benchmark with the Bermuda ES
smiling for the world. I have double checked and triple checked and
there is still no signs of Bermuda on Zauba – the only authentic information source on the leak scene. So does that mean AMD managed to get an entire core past Zauba somehow? disguised under another name?. Maybe. In my opinion, any of three things has happened: 1) there is no Bermuda ES core and the benches are completely fake (highly improbable), 2) AMD managed to disguise it past the leak scene (no comment) or 3) Something very unusual is occurring.

As the first two are pretty obvious, lets discuss the last. The first thing that comes to mind is that AMD might be playing with nomenclature,
that the Fiji XT GPU spotted on Zauba is the 4096 SP one and will be
renamed to Bermuda XT. Which suggests that a cut down variant will then
be called Fiji XT. If we were to go a little further then I guess it is
also possible (article skimmers, beware, this is speculation
on my part) that the R9 380X is manufactured on the 28nm node (from
TSMC) while R9 390X is manufactured on the 20nm node from GloFo. Since
the testing channels would be different, this would explain its absence
from Zauba, which lists silicon shipped to India. Apart from that, I
don’t really know what to think on this one. Chiphell has been a
reliable source of benchmarks in the past (the ones that are styled like
this at any rate) but this time, I would urge our readers to absorb
this with a pinch of salt anyway.

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