A world-first 7nm graphics card, the AMD Radeon Instinct MI60, has disappeared from the chipset manufacturer’s website. However, AMD has a good reason why the data center’s graphics card is no longer listed and is in the form of an alternative that does not currently appear.
Contrary to popular speculation, the Radeon Instinct MI60 is not yet retired. The chip manufacturer continues to actively sell the accelerator pedal to its customers who request a specific SKU. However, AMD has slightly changed its strategy to increase sales.
Looking at the specifications, the Radeon Instinct MI60 has 256 SP processors and 16GB more HBM2 memory than the Radeon Instinct MI50, which at first glance may make a significant difference, but doesn’t really tell the whole story.
According to AMD figures, the Radeon Instinct MI60 offers up to 10.1%, 9.7% and 10.4% more medium precision, single precision and double precision than the Radeon Instinct MI50, both accelerators have a memory bandwidth of up to 1024 Gbps, and memory capacity can be important in large IA models.
AMD never announced the price of the Radeon Instinct MI60 or MI50, but according to AMD, the price difference is obviously significant, increasing business customers’ propensity for the most profitable model. AMD has done itself a favor by adding another 16GB of memory to the Radeon Instinct MI50 as it will make the accelerator even more attractive now.
AMD has not updated its website to reflect the 32GB option for the Radeon Instinct MI50, but the chip manufacturer is already promoting the new model to its customers.