AMD has implied that even its entry-level or budget-friendly graphics cards, based on the next-gen RDNA 2 Architecture, could have more than 4GB RAM variants. The NVIDIA’s main rival even hinted that the days of graphics cards with 4GB RAM and below are numbered. In other words, AMD might just start offering even affordable AMD RDNA 2 Graphics Cards with 6GB or 8GB VRAM.
AMD has accepted that the majority of modern-day AAA game titles perform exceptionally well when the GPU is accompanied by more amount of VRAM. Accordingly, the company has hinted at the end of the 4 GB entry-level graphics cards era. AMD is getting quite close to the launch of the first RDNA 2 powered Radeon RX graphics cards, and the company put up a blog post titled ‘Game Beyond 4GB’ that stresses how the increased VRAM size not only delivers better performance but has become crucial from a support point of view in next-generation AAA titles.
Entry-Level AMD Radeon RX Graphics Cards Based on RDNA 2 GPU Architecture To Pack More Than 4GB GDDR6 RAM?
The currently available AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is the company’s entry-level Graphics Card. It comes in two variants, one with 4 GB GDDR6 memory and a second variant with 8 GB GDDR6 memory. While this card is based on the current-gen Navi Architecture, even older Polaris based options continue to sell in large volumes. Interestingly, from both the generations, the graphics cards with a higher amount of RAM noticeably sell well.
RDNA1 (we know there is many bugs)
= better power! (not better flops!)
AMD put this to RDNA2 family
but not enthusiast class!!!
make sense why PS5 score so low for RDNA2
to reach 20K RDNA2 only need 7-8TF
PS5 need 8-9TF, seems reason sony need to overclock it pic.twitter.com/oa7iTCWmNz
— blue nugroho (@blueisviolet) June 6, 2020
In the official blog post, AMD claims that an 8 GB Radeon RX 5500 XT performs about 24 percent better than the 4GB RAM variant. The majority of modern-day games, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Doom Eternal, Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, performed noticeably performed much better with more amount of VRAM present on the graphics cards.
Thats why AMD will only release enthusiast RDNA2 this year
next year is RDNA2 without RT which basically RDNA1 v2
and using Radeon ray FP16 intersection engine for RT
And thats why there will be
RDNA2 Gfx engine (RDNA1 V2)
RDNA2 Archs (with s ) pic.twitter.com/JPbustM3H5
— blue nugroho (@blueisviolet) June 6, 2020
AMD also mentioned that graphics cards with insufficient VRAM can lead to several issues, some of which include:
- Error Messages and Warning Limits
- Lower Framerates
- Gameplay Stutter and Texture Pop-in Issues
AMD Pushing More VRAM Options To Offer Better Value Proposition Compared To NIVIDIA?
While AMD is pushing its next-gen RDNA 2, Big Navi, or Nav 2X based Graphics Cards, NVIDIA is readying to launch its Ampere-based options. AMD promises some exceptional performance gains on its RDNA 2 GPU. RDNA 2 claims to deliver support for new features like Mesh Shaders, Variable Rate Shading, Hardware Accelerated Raytracing, and more to Radeon graphics hardware. Needless to add, this represents a substantial leap in AMD’s graphics capabilities set as well as in Radeon’s power efficiency. In other words, AMD is eagerly trying to justify the ‘NVIDIA Killer’ tag.
At the Financial Analyst Day AMD was talking about +50% IPC for #RDNA2. It is expected that this increase in performance will be achieved primarily through the µarch. But of course there will be physical optimizations to a certain degree which will give them increased clocks. pic.twitter.com/Un5aNb2VWm
— Andreas Schilling 🇺🇦 (@aschilling) June 8, 2020
While AMD’s promise to offer a 50 percent boost in performance per watt over the current generation of RDNA-based products, the amount of VRAM onboard could also play a crucial role in marketing. NVIDIA has traditionally offered some low-RAM variants. However, 8 GB and 6 GB options in the entry-level market have become the norm lately. Meanwhile, NVIDIA still offers its entry-level GTX 1650 Ti with 4 GB RAM. AMD has always pushed for increased VRAM and newer memory technologies in its graphics cards.
This was a rumor that started on a forum 2 months ago.
AMD roadmap since then confirmed that RDNA2 all have VRS and RT pic.twitter.com/35CQfDH194
— Will Birkin (@BirkinWill) June 6, 2020
The AMD Radeon 3000 Series was the first to push 8 GB memory as standard when NVIDIA was offering 4 GB variants. AMD also was the first to offer HBM standard with its 4 GB Radeon R9 Fury X. It is interesting to note that AMD and NVIDIA currently offer similar memory configuration in high-end cards such as the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER.
AMD recently hinted that its RDNA 2 based Graphics Cards will arrive before high-end, dedicated gaming consoles with powerful GPUs arrive. This means AMD is rapidly approaching the expected launch date of its ‘Big Navi’ ‘NVIDIA Killer’ graphics cards.