USB-C monitors have become more common with time, but that didn’t stop Nvidia from removing the USB Type-C connector from the RTX 30 series graphics cards. On the other hand, AMD seems to believe that USB-C still has a future as a video connector, given what was found in a new update on AMD’s open-source AMDGPU kernel driver for Linux.
As noticed by u/stblr, the new patch for AMDGPU kernel driver for Linux is adding support to USB-C interfaces for the Sienna Cichlid, also known as Navi 21 or Big Navi GPU. Even if the support is listed for the Navi 21/Big Navi GPUs, it doesn’t mean that all variants will receive support and respective connectors.
Up to now, the only AMD graphics to receive support for USB-C connectors was the Radeon Pro W5700, a workstation graphics card which featured a USB-C port. Based on the latest patch for the AMDGPU kernel driver for Linux, it looks like it won’t be a dedicated feature for workstation graphics cards anymore and that Radeon RX gaming graphics cards will also start to come with.
The rise in popularity of the USB-C monitors seems to be reason enough for AMD to consider the addition of USB-C connectors on graphics cards. Additionally, AMD’s USB-C might also be more useful than Nvidia’s Virtualink USB-C, as they won’t be used just for VR headsets.
KitGuru says: Do you own a USB-C monitor? Would you like to see the upcoming AMD Big Navi graphics cards supporting USB-C interfaces?