Welcome to Fenghua No. 1, a 12nm GPU from China that is said to rival the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. Apparently, it’s “the first 4K-level high-definition home desktop and high-performance server graphics card to complete mutual certification.” More on that in a moment.
The card, from Xindong Technology and Innosilicon, was announced in November 2021. The reason we are talking about it now is because Is at home (by Tom’s Hardware) reported having “outstanding performance”, at least when used with the Tongxin UOS operating system.
Of course, with testing being done by your own manufacturers, you might want to wait until someone else has done some testing before making your final judgment.
Apparently, when plugged into one of Innosilicon’s machines for “comprehensive in-depth fit certification”, the Fenghua No. 1 matches the performance of the RTX 3060 at 4K in some respects. Which respects, we don’t know. All we know is that this 12nm GPU, with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of GDDR6 or GDDR6X memory (19Gbps max), could have the potential to give the RTX 3060 a run for its money, especially since support not only HDMI2 .1, DP1.4 but also VGA!
I mean VGA, really? What year are we in?
Fenghua No.1 supports modern graphics enhancement tools such as OpenGL and Vulkan. There is no information on the performance of ray tracing yet, but we do know that it supports x86, ARM, Loongson, and other instruction set processors. It is likely that this card is not intended for players, however servers.
Tom’s Hardware also notes that “Previous investigations have indicated that the Fenghua No. 1 is based on Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR architecturealthough we can’t be 100% sure.” The PowerVR Series 1 card is a 1990s 350nm GPU with only 4MB of VRAM and clocked at around 66MHz.
Oh, what a way we’ve come since then. And while the RTX 3060 isn’t a very high standard compared to the rest of the high-end GPU market – take the RTX 3090 Tifor example, it’s a great place for anyone looking for a budget, current generation card.
As soon as some others are able to test the Fenghua No. 1, we will be able to confirm how it compares to the RTX 3060, along with the RX 6600XT clear. For now, we’ll have to take Innosilicon’s word for it.