Clues contained in code from AMD suggest that the brand’s future graphics cards, the Radeon RX 7000, will support the free AV1 codec, which is increasingly used.
A doubt hovered as to the complete support of the AV1 codec by the future Radeon RX 7000, under RDNA 3 architecture. It now seems to fade after the discovery of clues in code from AMD, suggesting that the codec AV1 will indeed be managed by the next Radeons.
As a reminder, the AV1 notably allows better efficiency and 35% better performance than AVC encoding. It is also a free and open codec, usable by everyone and supported by a growing number of Tech giants (it is for example used by Netflix, but also by Google for YouTube or Android TV). Its support for future AMD graphics cards, if it were to be formalized, would therefore sound like good news for many users.
The Radeon RX 7000 would do well with the AV1
Pending a possible formalization of this support, we have to settle for the findings of Kepler, a Twitter user very focused on AMD GPUs. The interested party has therefore discovered many references to the AV1 codec in code intended to support RDNA 3 chips. It seems as it stands that the next generation AMD GPUs will be able to encode and decode the AV1 format.
Confirmed just a Jebait, RDNA3 does support AV1 encoding. https://t.co/L1RD6T8cVK pic.twitter.com/ii8bYHz1wY
— Kepler (@Kepler_L2) May 4, 2022
Remember that Intel and its new ARC GPU chips are still one step ahead of AMD. We recently learned that ARC GPUs are the first on the market to fully support AV1, in both encoding and decoding. In the immediate future, Intel’s chips therefore retain a small advantage in this field vis-à-vis the current solutions of the competition, in particular with content creators.
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