AMD Big Navi (aka RX 6000) graphics cards will be officially revealed to the world on 28 October, with AMD set to announce pricing and release date, while taking a deeper dive into the performance and specs.
AMD did offer an early sneak preview of its upcoming graphics cards during the Ryzen 5000 launch, showing that the most powerful Big Navi GPU is capable of hitting an average of 61fps in Borderlands 3 when running in 4K. That’s a very similar result to what the RTX 3080 managed in our own tests, although AMD will obviously be using a very different PC rig which makes direct comparisons difficult.
AMD also claimed the same graphics card hit 88fps in 4K for Call of Duty Modern Warfare, and 73fps in 4K for Gears of War 5. These are impressive scores, and show Radeon is really going to push the Nvidia Ampere cards this generation.
Little else was confirmed, with AMD waiting for 28 October to dish out more details. However, Dr. Lisa Su (president of AMD) previously confirmed select Big Navi graphics cards will support ray tracing, making them direct competitors to Nvidia Ampere.
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AMD Big Navi release date – When will AMD’s next-gen GPU launch?
The AMD Big Navi graphics cards will be officially unveiled on 28 October 2020.
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AMD Big Navi price – How much will AMD’s GPU cost?
There’s still no word on the pricing details for AMD Big Navi, and that’s likely to stay the same until the 28 October event.
The Nvidia RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 cost £649 and £469 respectively, so we expect AMD to follow suit in that ballpark and potentially even undercut the competition.
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AMD Big Navi specs and performance
AMD is yet to reveal specs for its Big Navi graphics cards, although has confirmed it will feature RDNA 2 architecture that supports variable-rate shading and hardware-based ray tracing.
AMD also confirmed its high-end Big Navi graphics cards will be powerful enough for 4K gaming, demonstrating that the most powerful GPU in the series was capable of averaging around 61fps in 4K for Borderlands 3 when paired with a Ryzen 5000 processor. AMD claims the unnamed Big Navi GPU can also hit 73fps in Gears of War 5 and 88fps Call of Duty: Modern Warfare when running at a 4K resolution.
The new RDNA 2 architecture is said to boast a 50% performance-per-watt improvement on the current generation, seemingly resulting in a significant performance increase.
Reddit user stblr has seemingly uncovered the specs for the upcoming graphics cards, with the most powerful (Navi 21) arriving in two variations with differing clock speeds. The rumoured specs can be seen below, but take them with a pinch of salt for now, as AMD is yet to confirm any details.
|Compute Units||Steam Processors||Clock Speeds (MHz)||Memory||Memory type||TFLOPs|
|Navi 21B||80||5120||2200||16GB||HBM2 / GDDR6||22.5|
|Navi 21A||80||5120||2050||16GB||HBM2 / GDDR6||22.5|
Interestingly, the leaks suggest Navi 21 will see a 22.5 TFLOPs performance, which lags behind the 29.8 TFLOPs figure of Nvidia’s RTX 3080. Of course, TFLOPs don’t paint the whole picture of performance, especially when comparing graphics cards with different architecture, so there’s still a chance that Navi will have the upper hand.
The Navi 22, meanwhile, features slightly higher TFLOPs than the Xbox Series X. We already know the Xbox is capable of 4K gaming, so we can expect the same of the mid-range Big Navi graphics card.
We still need more information on the Navi 23 to get a decent idea of its performance, but we’re predicting something around the same level as the Xbox Series S performance, with a target of 1440p at 60fps and the capability of ray tracing.
Leaks suggest the Navi 22 and Navi 23 will feature GDDR6 memory, while the Navi 21 “supports both HBM2 and GDDR6”. We’re not entirely sure what that means, but we reckon AMD will launch two different flavours of the graphics card with differing memory types.
While it’s impossible to say whether AMD Big Navi will be more powerful than the Nvidia RTX 3080 or RTX 3070 at this stage, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that AMD will challenge the juggernaut RTX 3090 graphics card.
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AMD Big Navi design
AMD showed off the design of AMD Big Navi graphics card on stage during the Ryzen 5000 event, which is the first time we’ve seen the triple-fan design in the flesh.
AMD previously teased the design on Fortnite, revealing that the graphics card will be using a a 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connection, and so won’t be following Nvidia’s lead in using a new 12-pin PCIe power connector. Screenshots taken in Fortnite also reveal this specific Big Navi card will feature 2x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and 1x USB-C which can be used for hooking up virtual reality headsets.
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