AMD recently unveiled the Radeon VII, a high-end graphics card based on the 2nd gen Vega architecture built on the latest 7 nm silicon fabrication process. Everyone had really high hopes with AMD this year but the Radeon VII’s performance was found to be rather underwhelming, only matching the performance of the Nvidia counterpart, the RTX 2080, that too occasionally. The fact that both the cards cost exactly the same i.e. $700 and the extra features like Ray-tracing and DLSS on the RTX side gave the green team a win over the consumers.
No Navi Graphics Cards Until October
The Radeon VII was only a proportional improvement over the Vega architecture. What everyone has been waiting for is NAVI, the new GPU architecture planned for 2019, which will be built from ground up with the 7 nm process and is supposed to be the greatest leap in AMD’s GPU roadmap.
Mainstream Navi GPUs were expected to be shown off sometime in Summer this year but according to the latest leaks, AMD won’t be taking the covers off Navi until October. This comes as shocking news for those who have been waiting for Navi to build a new gaming rig or upgrade their PC, including me, as they will have to wait a lot longer than they thought. Some speculation tells us that this could be a result of lack of resources at TSMC, who are responsible for manufacturing chips for Navi as well as Zen 2. Another possible reason we could think of was that AMD might be waiting on Sony and Microsoft as next-generation consoles, which could be running on Navi GPUs, are to be announced this year.
AMD 7 nm Navi based GPUs: What to expect in October?
The leaks suggest several mainstream GPU launches this year, all based on the Navi architecture, beating the competition while still costing a lot less.
So far we know about 3 new GPUs: (Deep Speculation)
- RX 3080, with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, competing with the RTX 2070, coming at a very generous price of $249.
- RX 3070, also with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, competing with the RTX 2060, costing $199.
- RX 3060, with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, competing with the GTX 1060, costing only $129.
If the leaks turn out to be true, Navi could bring a shining moment in the history of AMD. Everything is based on mere speculation, of course, and we can do nothing but wait until the official launch in October for final confirmation.