The Chinese company Innosilicon during the local annual event China Chip Excellence Awards Ceremony showed a video card of its own design based on the Fantasy 2 GPU introduced last summer. The accelerator is equipped with a passive cooling system.
The manufacturer did not say when the specified video card will go on sale. However, as explained by the portal Tom’s Hardware, this should have happened in August last year. Formally, the video card does not even have a name. It received the “Innovative Chinese Product” award at the event and is described in the accompanying documents as “High-performance graphics accelerator based on the Fenghua 2 GPU with support for three 4K-level monitors.”
The Fantasy 2 GPU at the heart of the card uses the PowerVR architecture and has a low power consumption of 5-15W. According to Innosilicon, the Fantasy 2 chip delivers 1.5 TFLOPs of FP32 performance and 10 TOPS of Int8 processing power. In other words, this decision can hardly be called the ultimate dream of gamers.
For the Chinese GPU, the ability to work with LPDDR5X / 5/4X / 4 memory of 2, 4 and 8 GB is declared, at speeds up to 10 Gb / s per contact and a total bandwidth of up to 102 GB / s. The chip supports the PCIe 3.0 x8 interface, and solutions based on it can offer up to two HDMI 2.0 connectors, one DisplayPort and eDP1.4, one VGA and one LVDS. In addition, the chip supports the OpenGL, Vulkan, and DirectX APIs, as well as Windows, Linux, and Android operating systems.
According to Innosilicon, the graphics card based on the Fantasy 2 GPU is capable of handling “everyday tasks”. It can be used for office applications, CAD and entertainment. The company claims that the novelty shows “good performance” in games. However, we are probably talking about 2D games.
With 3D game projects, the Fantasy 2 GPU-based accelerator will definitely not cope. For these purposes, in theory, video cards based on the Fantasy 1 GPU, which have not yet appeared on sale, would be better suited. The Fantasy 1 series was supposed to consist of Type A models based on a single BXT-32-1024 GPU (again on PowerVR architecture) with a performance of 5 Tflops in FP32 operations and based on two BXT-32-1024 with a performance of 10 Tflops in the same tasks.
The cards were supposed to receive up to 16 GB of GDDR6X memory with support for a 128-bit memory bus. In theory, the novelties were supposed to provide performance at the level of the GeForce RTX 2080 or GeForce RTX 3060. Chinese video cards were introduced in the fall of 2021, but even Chinese profile reviewers have not yet been able to get to them.
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