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  1. AMD's Big Navi already showing FineWine magic, RX 6900 XT almost on par with RTX 3090 AMD FineWine Technology, as the community loves to call it, is a situation where a Radeon GPU is seemingly able to catch up or even surpass its corresponding GeForce rival SKU due to the performance gains it undergoes during its life cycle. In essence, it gets better as it ages, something like a high-quality wine would do. The gains it achieves are a consequence of subsequent driver updates as well as more favorable game optimizations. The FineWine phenomenon generally starts to kick in a couple of years into a GPU generation. However, the RX 6000 series (Big Navi) GPUs, that launched last year and aren't even a year old at this point appear to be showing these signs already. According to a performance analysis done by German media 3DCenter, while both RTX 30 series cards, based on Ampere architecture, and the RX 6000 series, based on Navi 2X architecture, have gained quite a lot over launch day numbers, its the Team Red figures that are far more impressive. The data shows that on average, AMD cards have gained more than 10% performance in the last six months with the biggest gains seen at 1080p. Nvidia cards see the biggest improvement at QHD resolution likely indicating the CPU bottlenecks that was suggested by a report earlier. The performance gains of individual cards have also been presented for those interested to look at how each of the cards has done so far over its life span. There are three charts (click on them to enlarge) for this data one each for the resolutions 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Overall, these are good signs for AMD and also for its fans and users and it's possible we could see this trend continue as it generally has done in previous generations. However, things could be different this time and Nvidia could fight back too. The graphics landscape is after all changing as new cutting-edge technologies like Ray-Tracing are taking shape, and for now, Nvidia clearly has the upper hand in this. Source and images: 3DCenter AMD's Big Navi already showing FineWine magic, RX 6900 XT almost on par with RTX 3090
  2. Huge AMD GPU leak ramps up expectations for Big Navi with beefy boost speeds AMD Radeon RX 6000 range will put pedal to the metal with boost speeds (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 range of graphics cards, which will soon be revealed, has been hit with a major leak showing purported details of various GPUs, including the flagship Big Navi. Before we begin, we should firmly bear in mind that these are just nuggets from the rumor mill, so we need to be careful about jumping to conclusions. However, the info seems much more solid than whispers on the GPU grapevine often are, having been drawn straight from the macOS Big Sur 11 beta, complete with a lot of details. This was highlighted on Reddit (as spotted by Tom’s Hardware), and the details spilled on Big Navi (Navi 21) back up a leak from earlier in the week (from the same Redditor in fact), but add some juicy details on the clock speeds. The GPU will allegedly have 80 compute units (CUs) and 5,120 stream processors (SPs – given that AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture still carries 64 SPs per CU). The new info on clock speeds has them pegged much higher than current-gen Radeon GPUs – as expected – but according to this leak, one variant of Big Navi clocks up to 2.2GHz. The mention of reaching these speeds – or possibly even a touch higher – has certainly stoked excitement on Reddit, but of course we can’t really know how fast Big Navi will be until the impact of AMD’s new architecture is taken into account in the performance equation. AMD has promised a 50% increase in terms of performance per Watt for RDNA 2, and if that’s realized, on top of all these other rumored specs – including an alleged 16GB memory loadout, versus only 10GB on the 3080 – we’re looking at a beefy flagship. Tom’s observes that single-precision performance for Navi 21 hits 22.5 Tflops, which is certainly an impressive figure on the face of it, although it does fall considerably behind the RTX 3080 at 29.8 Tflops. This hardly represents the full picture when it comes to performance in actual gaming, though, and of course Big Navi has the RTX 3070 beat (at 20.4 Tflops). Obviously we can’t get carried away here with purported specs anyway, and exactly how Big Navi will compete against the top Nvidia graphics cards will depend a lot on exactly how AMD pitches the pricing, and how aggressive the GPU maker is in that respect. As previous rumors have indicated, though, it’s looking like the card may nestle somewhere between the RTX 3070 and 3080 in performance terms. Of course, further bear in mind that Nvidia supposedly has a reply tucked away up its sleeve for AMD’s next-gen launch (namely a new spin on the RTX 3080 with double the RAM, according to fairly strong rumors at this point). Navy Flounder This leak also details further models in the RX 6000 range, and the next graphics card down from Big Navi, known as Navi 22 (Navy Flounder), will be equipped with 40 CUs (2,560 SPs). That’s the same as the existing RX 5700 XT, but of course there’s that major architectural uplift to take into account, plus the fact that the boost clock of Navi 22 is pegged much higher at 2.5GHz. At a rated 12.8 Tflops, this indicates performance close to a third faster than the 5700 XT, delivered within a much tighter power envelope (170W versus 225W). This graphics card should be good for 4K gaming at a more affordable level. Navi 23, the next step down and the entry-level offering, is also mentioned in the leak as having 32 CUs (2,048 SPs), but no information on clock speeds has been dug up in this case, which seems to indicate that this GPU could be further off than Navi 22 and 21. Interestingly, a Navi 31 graphics card is also present, which has certainly raised some eyebrows as you can imagine. It’s based on RDNA 3 and could be a planned refresh of Big Navi (it has the same 80 CUs as Navi 21). AMD’s next-gen graphics cards launch on October 28, and the firm has hinted that stock levels will be much stronger than what we’ve seen with Nvidia’s recent RTX 3000 releases. So no matter how powerful the new GPUs turn out to be, at least you theoretically stand a better chance of actually being able to buy one. Huge AMD GPU leak ramps up expectations for Big Navi with beefy boost speeds
  3. AMD promises Big Navi launch won’t suffer the same problems that befell Nvidia’s RTX 3080 release Frank Azor hints that there will be plenty of RDNA 2 stock at launch (Image credit: Future) AMD has promised that its RDNA 2 Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards won’t suffer from stock shortages at launch - unlike Nvidia's RTX 3080 and 3090 cards. It’s been a frustrating time for buyers looking to pick up one of Nvidia’s new Ampere-based GPUs. Both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 sold out in minutes, with buyers having to contend with bots and scalpers to get their hands on the limited stock. Disappointed buyers have taken to social media to vent about Nvidia’s problematic launch, and one such comment drew a response from Frank Azor, AMD's chief architect of gaming solutions. In response to the Twitter post, which saw a user complain about not being able to pick up an RTX 3090 and going on to speculate that "$10 says AMD will be a paper launch too", Azor responded: “I look forward to taking your $10”. Promises, promises In in a follow-up tweet he added that AMD is "doing our best to set and meet proper expectations. We are listening, learning and adapting to offer the best experience we can." Azor’s remarks imply that those hoping to pick up a Big Navi GPU shouldn’t have too much of a hard time, and that the company won’t suffer from the same stock shortages as Nvidia. While we’re yet to see for ourselves, this makes sense. Nvidia has gambled by picking Samsung to fabricate its Ampere GPUs, and there’s still uncertainty surrounding the yield of the company’s 8nm process. AMD, on the other hand, will tap into TSMC’s proven 7nm manufacturing process, so it’s unlikely to face the same difficulties. Of course, it remains to be seen how AMD's Radeon RX 6000 GPUs will compete with the Nvidia RX 380 on price. However, performance wise, it looks like AMD might give Nvidia a run for its money. AMD is expected to showcase its RNDA 2-based Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards on October 28. AMD promises Big Navi launch won’t suffer the same problems that befell Nvidia’s RTX 3080 release
  4. AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things Welcome to 2020, folks (Image credit: AMD) We're a little more than a month out from the reveal of AMD Big Navi graphics cards, but Team Red has just graced us with the first look at its upcoming Radeon RX 6000 Series. AMD Radeon took to Twitter late Monday afternoon, revealing what looks to be an absolute monster of a graphics card, along with a brand-new cooler design. And AMD fans can even get a closer look at the card on Fortnite of all things, through AMD's Battle Arena in the same game. If you want to log in and take a look at the card, you can do so with code "8651-9841-1639". Luckily, if you don't want to go through downloading Fortnite and navigating to AMD's custom map, some friendly users have shared plenty of screenshots on Twitter. AMD hasn't shared anything in terms of specs or performance, but at least we know for sure that the company is indeed going with the Radeon RX 6000 series as a name for the upcoming graphics cards. The rest we'll just have to wait until October 28 to see for sure. Let's do some speculation anyways, though While AMD hasn't shared any hard specs or performance information, that doesn't mean we can't learn a bit about the upcoming graphics cards by looking at the pictures. The first thing that's immediately apparent is that AMD's reference board for whatever card it is – probably the flagship – is using a triple-fan design. This isn't exactly new ground for AMD to cover, 2018's Radeon VII also had a triple-fan reference design, but it does mean that this is likely going to be a bit of a monster graphics card. For instance, the AMD Radeon RX 5000 series, led by the RX 5700 XT, all used single-fan blower-style reference coolers. That decision wasn't exactly popular, but the cards didn't run into much problem keeping themselves cool – at least in our testing. The move to a triple-fan design could be a sign that the graphics card will need more significant cooling, either because the power requirements are much higher or AMD is really pushing clocks high (or both). Another thing we can glean from this image is the 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connection. This configuration can deliver up to 375W, so it honestly doesn't really tell us much about how much juice the graphics card will take – both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 require the same power connectors, even if you have to connect those to a 12-pin adaptor for the Founders Edition. It does tell us that AMD is not adopting the 12-pin power connector, however, which will likely be excellent news for anyone who doesn't like living the dongle life on their desktop computer. We're currently in the process of downloading Fortnite to see what's happening in closer detail, but you can be sure we'll update this article if there's some significant detail we've missed. AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things
  5. AMD Big Navi will rise up to tackle the Nvidia RTX 3080 on October 28 With AMD Zen 3 CPUs kicking the party off on October 8 (Image credit: AMD) The entire year has seemingly been leading up to AMD launching both its Zen 3 desktop processors and RDNA 2 graphics cards, with the latter expected to finally push Team Red into 4K gaming – and now we know when to expect them. AMD has tweeted out a teaser for its upcoming graphics cards and processors, with the latter appearing first on October 8, and the former coming in right before Halloween on October 28 – just a couple weeks before the November 10 launch of the Xbox Series X that the graphics architecture will be powering. AMD CEO Lisa Su has also tweeted a teaser video teasing what is definitely a desktop processor for that October 8 date (you can tell from all the little pins on the bottom). We don't know much about what these processors will be capable of, but we do know they will be the first commercially available desktop processors built on the AMD Zen 3 architecture, so we're sure there will be some juicy improvements on the table. We also got a short teaser video about Radeon RDNA 2 GPUs, though we didn't even get a glimpse of a shroud or the GPU itself. Though, we're guessing this was what AMD Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions Frank Azor's tweet earlier was talking about. Still, at least we know both AMD graphics cards and processors are coming this year. The AMD RDNA 2 graphics in particular are going to be of interest, as they're arriving after the monster debut of Nvidia Ampere GeForce cards, which Nvidia promises will massively boost performance over the last-generation Turing cards. We don't know where everything will fall when all these graphics cards come out, but we can't wait to test them all against each other to see who reigns as the best graphics card in a couple months. AMD Big Navi will rise up to tackle the Nvidia RTX 3080 on October 28
  6. AMD Big Navi might still be faster than the RTX 3080 Leaked specs suggest it will boast Nvidia-rivaling hardware (Image credit: AMD) We’re just weeks away from the launch of AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs, but a firmware listing may have prematurely outed the specs for the the company’s highly-anticipated Big Navi cards. An eagle-eyed Redditor found a listing in the new ROCm (Radeon Open Compute) firmware that reveals some of the specs for the so-called Sienna Cichlid GPU - otherwise known Navi 21 or Big Navi - which will arrive as the flagship of the RX 6000 series The listing hints that the GPU will feature 80 compute units (CUs) and a 256-bit memory bus. If each Compute Unit (CU) in AMD's RDNA 2 architecture still equates to 64 Stream Processors (SPs), that means Big Navi will 5,120 SPs. If this is true, and if the GPU runs on TSMC's latest 7nm process, the flagship RDNA 2 processor could deliver Nvidia RTX 3080 levels of performance. After all, AMD has already promised that RDNA 2 will deliver 50% more performance per watt than its first generation RDNA architecture. What's more, a recent rumor suggests the GPU will feature 16GB VRAM - more than the 10GB Nvidia has loaded onto its Ampere GPU. The firmware update also references a graphics card codenamed Navy Flounder, believed to be Navi 22 or Navi 23. This mid-range GPU features 40 CUs and a 192-bit memory bus, according to the listing, which amounts to 2,560 SP. This card will likely arrive as a replacement for the AMD RX 5700 XT, but with its newer RDNA 2 architecture, it will support real time ray tracing and be capable of gaming in 4K. We don’t have any details about performance just yet, but it could give Nvidia’s RTX 2070 a run for its money. It won’t be long until we find out for sure, as AMD will announce these new GPUs under the RX 6000 series branding on October 28. AMD Big Navi might still be faster than the RTX 3080
  7. AMD says RX 6000 Big Navi will be ‘by far the most powerful gaming GPU we have ever built’ Promising 4K gaming at over 60fps AMD just announced its new Zen 3-powered Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, but CEO Lisa Su didn’t stop there, ending her presentation with a preview of AMD’s other big PC announcement: the company’s upcoming RX 6000 “Big Navi” GPUs, which it’s set to announce on October 28th. While full details on the upcoming lineup of graphics cards won’t come until later in October, Su is setting expectations high, promising that the RX 6000 lineup offers “by far the most powerful gaming GPU we have ever built.” Su also offered a brief preview of what to expect from the company’s top-of-the-line Ryzen 5000 CPUs working together with the new RX 6000 series GPUs, showing a short clip of Borderlands 3 running at 4K resolution at over 60fps at “Badass Quality,” along with benchmarks for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (88fps for 4K gameplay at ultra settings) and Gears 5 (73fps for 4K gameplay at ultra settings). The new RX 6000 GPUs are a big deal for AMD: not only do they mark the company’s most powerful graphics cards yet, but they will also see the debut of the company’s next-generation RDNA 2 graphics architecture. RDNA 2 isn’t just powering the new desktop PC GPUs; it’s also the basis for the custom GPUs in both the Xbox Series X / S and the PlayStation 5. While AMD didn’t call out Nvidia directly during today’s presentation, it’s hard not to look at those numbers and start comparing them to the company’s recently released RTX 3080 GPU, which makes similar promises of practical 60fps-plus 4K gaming. That said, we’ll have to wait for AMD to give some more concrete details before it’s possible to really compare the two GPU lineups. AMD is expected to formally announce the RX 6000 series of GPUs on October 28th. AMD says RX 6000 Big Navi will be ‘by far the most powerful gaming GPU we have ever built’
  8. AMD’s Infinity Cache could be Big Navi’s secret weapon to beat Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPUs To Infinity Cache and beyond? (Image credit: AMD) AMD has just filed a trademark for the term Infinity Cache, lending more weight to the recent speculation on the GPU grapevine that this technology could possibly be the way that the firm powers-up its next-gen RDNA 2 graphics cards. The trademark was spotted by well-known leaker @momomo_us who shared a link on Twitter. Infinity Cache pertains not just to GPUs, but to processors, storage, memory, connectors, and indeed anything else related to PC components, as you can see from the trademark description. However, it’s thought that this could be AMD’s secret sauce to make Big Navi performance really fly (and obviously the timing of the trademark points that way, too). The background here is that recent Big Navi rumors have been claiming that AMD is planning to run with a 256-bit memory bus for the flagship graphics card, prompting concerns that memory bandwidth might seem lackluster in comparison to Nvidia’s RTX 3000 range (the RTX 3080 runs with a 320-bit bus, and offers a memory bandwidth of 760GBps – a massive 70% improvement on its predecessor). The theory is, though, is that AMD may have gone with a smaller 256-bit bus because it’ll be able to increase performance using clever tricks with the GPU’s architecture, and specifically the on-board cache. Hence that’s where the idea of Infinity Cache comes in – is this indeed said secret weapon to help combat Nvidia’s Ampere graphics cards? Like a CPU, a GPU has small amounts of cache (usually L1 cache and L2 cache, the latter being bigger, but not quite as quick), which is on-board storage that’s right there on the chip and extremely quick to access (much faster than using video RAM). The theory here is that AMD could be using a large cache with Big Navi, and therefore because it’s bigger, the likelihood of what’s known as a ‘cache hit’ – where any given piece of required data is in the cache already, so can be grabbed quickly – is much greater. We could be talking about a 128MB cache here, compared to the existing Radeon RX 5700 XT which has 4MB of L2 cache, to give you some perspective – it’s a massive increase. Therefore, using this clever design, there shouldn’t be as much need to run to the video memory so often – there will be more cache hits – and therefore any constraints on the memory bus are offset by this approach. If this is indeed the way AMD is going – and remember, this is ultimately just speculation, and needs to be treated as such – presumably the payoff of working things this way round is an impressive one. Otherwise the GPU maker wouldn’t have bothered, and the idea would have been abandoned somewhere along the research and development process. Caching in As Tom’s Hardware, which spotted the above tweet, points out, there could be other routes AMD might go with Infinity Cache on its graphics cards, such as an Adaptive Cache Reconfiguration approach which popped up in a patent last year. The idea here is that the smallest L1 caches could be shared between GPU cores – rather than each core only being able to access its own L1 cache – thereby optimizing and making the use of these caches more efficient, for an impressive performance gain that way. Whatever the actual nature of the purported secret sauce, the idea in theory is to improve performance by tuning the cache and/or increasing size, therefore allowing AMD to get away with a 256-bit memory bus, presumably with compelling advantages therein. Other bits of chatter from the rumor mill insist that the 256-bit bus leak likely pertains not to the flagship Big Navi graphics card, but a GPU further down the line-up, perhaps Navi 22 (Navy Flounder), but as ever this is all guesswork. At least we don’t have long to wait to find out now, as the RX 6000 launch takes place on October 28, just a few weeks from now. AMD’s Infinity Cache could be Big Navi’s secret weapon to beat Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPUs
  9. AMD Big Navi GPU could launch alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in November Would be a busy time for AMD (Image credit: AMD) November could be a very exciting time for gamers (and a trying time for their bank balances), as a new rumor suggests that AMD is planning to launch its upcoming Big Navi flagship GPU that month – to coincide with the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Dubbed the ‘Nvidia-killer’ by some, AMD’s Big Navi will apparently be powered by AMD’s new RDNA 2 architecture, and will be the company’s flagship graphics card that is aimed at dethroning Nvidia as the king of high-end GPUs. While AMD’s CEO Lisa Su has said that Big Navi is coming in late 2020, according to a new video by Moore’s Law is Dead, a source has claimed “AMD has its sights set on November, preferably around Thanksgiving, for their Big Navi "Nvidia killer" launch.” Remember, remember the end of November According to the video, the sources say there are a number of reasons why AMD is eyeing up a November launch for its Big Navi GPU. Firstly, a November launch is a few months behind Nvidia’s expected August launch (and September release) of its next generation RTX 3000 Ampere graphics cards. By launching after, AMD could see what Nvidia has got, and alter its plans/pricing accordingly. Also, while Sony and Microsoft haven't yet revealed release dates for their next gen consoles, the new rumor suggests they will launch alongside Big Navi in November. This remains a likely launch date for the new consoles, which both use custom AMD hardware that's also based on RDNA 2 tech. If those three products do indeed launch around the same time, it would be a big show of strength for AMD, and would cap an already very impressive year for the company. Finally, the rumor suggests the launch could be around the time of Thanksgiving. Having a new product launch then makes a lot of sense, as that holiday is the start of a busy time in retail, comprising Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the run up to Christmas. So, there’s some convincing reasoning behind a potential November launch, but this is all still rumor. Hopefully AMD will give us a clearer idea of when we can expect its flagship Big Navi GPU soon. AMD Big Navi GPU could launch alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in November
  10. AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT: release date, price, news and rumors Everything we know about the Radeon RX 6800 XT (Image credit: AMD) AMD Big Navi is right around the corner, which means we're likely getting close to the announcement of the Radeon RX 6800 XT, AMD's forthcoming flagship graphics card that AMD hopes will blow Nvidia's RTX 3080 out of the water. AMD has been playing catch-up in recent years after Nvidia introduced ray-tracing cores into their GPUs, but this latest generation of Radeon graphics cards should get AMD back on even footing with Nvidia. Big Navi, as the new AMD graphics architecture is affectionately called, will bring ray-tracing capability to the Radeon line up. As the first cards from Team Red to feature the new technology, Nvidia is likely to still hold the edge where ray-tracing is concerned, but some leaks suggest that the RX 6800 XT might outperform the RTX 3080 in non-ray-traced gaming. Cut to the chase What is it? The next AMD Radeon flagship graphics card When is it out? As early as November How much is it? Probably around $699 (£649, about AU$950) (Image credit: AMD) Radeon RX 6800 XT release date While we don't know when the Radeon RX 6800 XT will go on sale, we do know that AMD's Big Navi announcement is set for October 28. The RX 6800 XT is expected to be part of AMD's initial lineup of Big Navi cards, so we won't have long to wait. Given the typical time between announcements and retail launches, it's likely that the first RX 6000-series cards will go on sale sometime in November. Radeon RX 6800 XT price The Radeon RX 6800 XT is expected to directly compete against the GeForce RTX 3080, so it will almost certainly be within the same range price wise. It's likely then that the RX 6800 XT will retail for about $699 (£649, about AU$950). Radeon RX 6800 XT specs With launch day still not here quite yet, we can't say for certain what the specs on the Radeon RX 6800XT will ultimately be, but some purportedly leaked documents on Newegg last month claim to show what AMD's got under the hood. This is what the Radeon RX 6800 XT is rumored to be packing: 3,840 stream processors 12GB GDDR6 memory 385Gbps max memory bandwidth Base clock anywhere from 1,500MHz to 2500MHz 200W TDP AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT: release date, price, news and rumors
  11. AMD’s killer ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could come in four versions – but will they be enough to take on Nvidia RTX 3000? Both rival GPU ranges are expected to launch very close to each other, possibly in September (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s next-gen ‘Big Navi’ graphics cards will come in four different flavors, according to a fresh leak, which also imparted details on the other GPUs we can expect to see from AMD hopefully later this year. Rogame, a hardware leaker who has always been very active on Twitter, has just started his own website, and kicked that venture off with this claimed exclusive leak. So, the (alleged) scoop is that Big Navi or Navi 21 graphics cards aimed at the higher-end for gamers (built on RDNA 2) will come in four different variants: Navi 21 XTX, Navi 21 XT, Navi 21 XL and Navi 21 XLE. Apparently, in terms of positioning within the range, the Navi 21 XT roughly corresponds with the existing RX 5700 XT, and the XL with the vanilla RX 5700, with the XLE being roughly equivalent to the 5600 XT. As for the top-end Navi 21 XTX, that will purportedly be a higher-binned part, similar to the RX 5700 XT Anniversary Edition, possibly with faster clock speeds to give it a bit more oomph. If this speculation is on the money, of course. The report further contends that AMD intends to produce more wallet-friendly new GPUs based on Navi 10 – as used in existing cards – alongside the aforementioned Navi 21 big guns, as previous speculation has hinted. These more affordable graphics cards will be the Navi 10 XT+ and XTE+, GPUs which will act as replacements for the existing RX 5700 XT and 5600 XT respectively. There will also be a Navi 10 XM+ which will be the successor to the RX 5600M in laptops. Of course, if these are based on current Navi 10 as the rumor claims, that obviously means they won’t get the benefit of AMD’s next-gen architecture RDNA 2, which could be a bit disappointing for those looking to spend less on a new Radeon graphics card. Although that said, they could be really competitively priced to make up for any shine taken off in this respect… Rumors abound As mentioned, much of this lines up with what we’ve heard before, namely that only the flagship models of AMD’s GPUs with RDNA 2 will feature ray tracing support, and the new lower-end options won’t support it (much as Nvidia has hardware level support for ray tracing on RTX cards, but not on cheaper GTX models). Rogame also reckons there will be two new Radeon Pro Navi 21 graphics cards arriving, following on from the Radeon Pro W5700 and W5700X, and some Navi 21 variants specifically made for Apple and iMac (or iMac Pro) plus Mac Pro refreshes. As we’ve heard before, the Big Navi product, which could be called the Radeon RX 5950 XT going by previous rumors, will reportedly have a die size of 505²mm, and up to 80 compute units (CUs) with 5120 GPU cores. That’s still speculation, of course, but what we do know is that AMD has previously said that RDNA 2 offers a 50% boost in terms of performance per Watt, no less, compared to the original RDNA architecture used in its existing Navi cards. That’s a pretty impressive leap. The rumor mill has previously floated launch dates of September, October or November for Big Navi, after AMD having confirmed that the GPUs are on track for late 2020. The key question, as ever, will be not just exactly what performance they will offer compared to Nvidia’s cards, but at what price. The other complication for AMD is that Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere graphics cards – presumably RTX 3000 models, although we don’t know that yet – are set for a Q3 launch, with one possibility being a head-to-head face-off between Big Navi and Ampere perhaps in September. The likelihood is that right now, even AMD or Nvidia can’t be sure how the launch timeframe will pan out, but the main point is that both new graphics card ranges will theoretically be launching close together – so AMD won’t be competing against the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at the top-end, but the 3080 Ti (or whatever it ends up being called). And that could be some seriously fierce competition from what we’ve heard… Source: AMD’s killer ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could come in four versions – but will they be enough to take on Nvidia RTX 3000? (TechRadar)
  12. AMD RX 5700 series graphics cards will still be around after Big Navi launch Current-gen GPUs aren’t going anywhere (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards haven’t been discontinued, the GPU maker has clarified following the suggestion that production on these models has been ceased. As you may have seen earlier this week, the rumor was that AMD has stopped making the RX 5700 and its 5700 XT sibling ahead of the next-gen Big Navi launch which is happening on October 28, in a few weeks’ time. However, in actual fact, this is not the case, AMD made clear in a statement to Tom’s Hardware: “We are continuing to produce the Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards, which deliver exceptional 1440p gaming experiences. We will continue to respond to market demand.” Stock considerations Of course, this makes sense, given that buyers will still want options other than the new RX 6000 range post-launch as 2020 rolls on. Despite AMD’s promises that stock levels of the new graphics cards won’t be a problem, and that it won’t run into the same trouble as Nvidia, it remains to be seen how supply and demand will work with the next-gen RDNA 2 cards. Particularly if Nvidia’s stock issues persist and Big Navi GPUs are therefore being bought by more gamers because they’re effectively the only option. We could also – fingers crossed – see some nice price drops with the RX 5700 graphics card as time rolls on. Expectations are running high for AMD’s flagship Big Navi GPU, which is expected to deliver performance pitched somewhere between the RTX 3070 and 3080; but obviously in terms of the battle against Nvidia, a great deal will depend on exactly how AMD prices its new graphics cards. AMD RX 5700 series graphics cards will still be around after Big Navi launch
  13. AMD RX 5700 series ceases production to clear room for Big Navi AMD starts clearing space for their upcoming RX 6000 series (Image credit: Future) AMD is reportedly ending their production of the RX 5700 series graphics card ahead of the announcement of their latest Bag Navi 6000-series RX cards on October 28. As reported by TechPowerUp, AMD has ceased production of the Navi-10 powered RX 5700 and RX 5700XT cards to help clear supplier inventories to make room for the upcoming Big Navi cards that will undoubtedly replace them. The RX 5700 series is AMD's flagship graphics cards, going up against the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and the RTX 2070, though falling short of the RTX 2080 and later iterations of last generation's champ. Still, the Radeon RX 5700 series proved popular with PC builders not keen on dropping a fortune on an RTX 2080, especially with the relative dearth of titles that utilized the new ray tracing tech. That is all about to change as this new generation of GPUs roll out since developers and studios have caught up with the technology and are set to truly deliver on the promise of ray tracing. Big Navi set to replace the RX 5700 series but the RX 5600 will live on - for a while anyway The AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT were both strong contenders against the GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2060 Super, offering competitive 1440p gaming at an affordable price. They lacked ray tracing, though, making the Nvidia cards a favorite for early adopters of the new graphics technology. Big Navi is expected to bring ray tracing to this class of Radeon graphics cards for the first time, making it necessary to clear supplier inventory for the new cards so they can compete with Nvidia (they hope) on more equal footing technology-wise. Meanwhile, the Radeon RX 5600XT will live on for a time. It is still being manufactured and the discontinuation of the 5700 series should consolidate remaining Navi-10 resources to supply the RX 5600XT until they are depleted. This indicates that the RX 5600XT is not ready to be replaced by a Big Navi card just yet. We'll know for sure where things stand after Team Red's big day at the end of October. AMD RX 5700 series ceases production to clear room for Big Navi
  14. AMD Big Navi GPU might deliver double the power of the Radeon RX 5700 XT New rumor claims the graphics card will boast a maximum of 80 CUs (Image credit: Future) AMD’s next-generation Big Navi GPU will reportedly boast a whopping 80 compute units (CUs), twice as many as the Radeon RX 5700 XT. This latest leak comes courtesy of Twitter tipster Rogame, who claims that ‘Sienna Child’ - also known as Navi 21 and Big Navi - will feature four shader engines, two shader arrays per engine, and 10 CUs per shader array. This means, if this GPU configuration is accurate, that AMD's next-generation flagship graphics card will boast a maximum of 80 CUs, or 5,120 stream processors, in total. A second, more cryptic leak Komachi_Ensaka adds further weight to this rumor, with the tipster tweeting vaguely “10 (20)*4 : 80.” As pointed out by Wccftech, this could translate into a neatly 17.5 TFLOPs of power if AMD is able to run each of these at a minimum of 1700MHz. However, it's worth noting that with a maximum of 80 CUs, it’s likely that AMD’s top-end consumer Big Navi GPU – likely to arrive as the Radeon RX 5950 XT -–will sport 76 CUs This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Big Navi will boast 80 CUs (5,120 stream processors), but given it comes via a different source, it’s looking likely that the rumor is true. This is a big deal, and AMD’s current top GPU, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, runs with ‘only’ 40 CUs, yet manages to breeze through games in 1440p, struggling only to match Nvidia’s very best graphics cards such as the GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Ti. This means Big Navi has the potential to be a monstrous GPU, and with ray-tracing support also set to be on the cards, it could deliver some serious competition to Nvidia’s incoming Ampere-based graphics cards. However, early benchmarks have shown the RDNA 2-based GPUs could struggle to topple Team Green's top GeForce 3000-series GPUs. AMD is widely expected to launch its first Big Navi GPUs in early-September, just days before the launch of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080 GPUs. AMD Big Navi GPU might deliver double the power of the Radeon RX 5700 XT
  15. AMD Big Navi isn't coming until the end of 2020 Although AMD RDNA 2 promises 4K gaming with ray tracing (Image credit: Future) AMD Navi graphics cards like the Radeon RX 5700 have been out for quite a while at this point, and while they definitely provide excellent performance for anyone looking for some 1080p or 1440p gaming, we've always wanted more. That's where RDNA 2, or Big Navi, comes in. We don't know much about the next-generation AMD Radeon graphics architecture right now, beyond what rumors have been telling us for a while. But, at AMD's Financial Analyst Day, we got a bit of a hint as to when we can expect AMD's next graphics card – and it's not exactly right around the corner. Instead, in what shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, AMD is apparently targeting the end of 2020 for RDNA 2's launch. We don't have any specific launch date, of course, just that broad window. But, it does kind of make sense for AMD to launch RDNA 2 around November or December 2020, as that's when we're expecting the RDNA 2-powered Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 to launch. This will likely be disappointing for anyone that was starting to buy into the hype of an imminent Big Navi launch, but there is good news. While we didn't get any specific information about what kind of hardware these graphics cards will be packing, AMD did say that they would be 4K gaming cards with hardware-accelerated ray tracing. This could catch them up with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but the real question is going to be whether or not Nvidia launches the RTX 3080 before then. At the end of the day, we won't know what's going to happen until it, well, happens. What we do know is that AMD Big Navi is coming and that it's coming this year. The rest we'll figure out when AMD is ready to tell us. Source: AMD Big Navi isn't coming until the end of 2020 (TechRadar)
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