AMD‘s upcoming Radeon RX 7000 GPUs based on RDNA 3 architecture, along with its Ryzen 7000 next-gen processors are supposed to launch this year. While it may seem like the current RX 6000 series and Ryzen 5000 CPUs were just launched yesterday, by the time their subsequent successors have succeeded them, it would’ve been a full 2 years—the standard time frame for refreshes like these. It’s just that the pandemic-fueled supply shortages have made it feel like we’re still in the early introductory days of existing product lineups.
Those same supply chain constraints could limit manufacturers from providing enough units for its next series of products, a grave concern for the consumer who has been riddled with scalped prices and no stock. However, AMD in its most recent earnings call for Q4 2021 has claimed that they are making significant investments to secure increased capacities of next-gen chips to alleviate the current hindrance.
AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su had to say the following on the matter:
We’ve been working on the supply chain really for the last four or five quarters, knowing the growth that we have from a product standpoint and the visibility that we have from customers. So in regards to [the] 2022 supply environment, we’ve made significant investments in wafer capacity, as well as substrate capacity and back-end capacity.
We feel very good about our progress in the supply chain to meet the 2022 guidance. And our goal is, frankly, to have enough supply to satisfy the demand out there.
We feel good about the progress we’ve made in PCs,” says Dr. Su, “and we’ll continue to ensure that we’re matching sell in with sell out so that there is not inventory build up in the business.
We’re always in this for the long-term and working with our supply chain partners as well as our customers to ensure that we find a way to kind of share the additional costs,” says Dr. Su. “But our focus is on ensuring that we have the supply to meet the high demand.
RDNA 3 still on the way
Now that the token solidarity is out of the way, let’s talk about the main takeaway from the earnings call. Earlier this year at CES 2022, AMD showed us a glimpse of what’s to come in terms of their CPUs. We saw the new AM5 socket and Dr. Lisa confirmed that Zen 4 is on its way with a release set for later this year. AMD even made a big deal about how they’re working with their partners to ensure supply is sufficient before launching their next-gen products.
Today, we get confirmation on the other half of the AMD empire: GPUs. While Zen 4 was the talk of the town at CES 2022, we didn’t get a word on RDNA 3. We still don’t have any solid details or official announcement on that, but Dr. Lisa has now reiterated in the earnings call that RDNA 3 GPUs are still slated to launch in 2022 with no delays expected as of now, similar to what she said last year as well.
Demand for our product is very strong, and we look forward to another year of significant growth and share gains as we ramp our current products and launch our next wave of Zen 4 CPUs and RDNA 3 GPUs. We have also made significant investments to secure the capacity needed to support our growth in 2022 and beyond.
That quote confirms that Radeon RX 7000 series is coming this year and it’s going to be the most advanced GPUs we’ve ever seen from AMD. And with increased competition from a youthful Intel, this would certainly be a sight to behold as the big three battle it out for the everyday Joe’s pockets. RDNA 3 will be fabricated using TSMC‘s 5nm and 6nm nodes by utilizing an Multi-Chip-Module based design. That means that two chipsets will be combined together and put on a single GPU die.
As things stand right now, we know the top-end SKU will feature up to 15,360 Stream Processors and stick to GDDR6 memory. Initially, there will be three GPUs: Navi 31, Navi 32, and Navi 33 with the last one being a monolithic design and the former two featuring a MCM design. AMD also started off this generation with only three GPUs at launch so it would make sense to follow the same pattern for RDNA 3.