The rumours surrounding AMD’s Radeon Navi 7nm GPU are coming thick and fast now. The latest reports eke out some more information regarding the specs of AMD’s imminent wave of graphics cards. A hefty pinch of salt should be taken with these reports, of course, although we’re now within a matter of months of these graphics cards coming to market.
Continuing in the same vein as last year’s rumours, AMD’s next crop of graphics cards could be known as the Radeon RX 3000 series. It would be a significant departure in the naming of AMD’s graphics card ranges, although this would align AMD’s GPU nomenclature nicely with its upcoming Zen 2-powered Ryzen 3000 series.
No fewer than 7 distinct Navi graphics cards have been outlined by AdoredTV, comprising low-end Navi 12 chips, Navi 10 for the mainstream, and a couple of flagship Navi 20 graphics cards.
We’ll start with the entry-level Navi 12 devices. There will allegedly be a pair of Navi 12-based graphics cards, beginning with a bargain-bin $140 option with a cut-down Navi 12 GPU (Radeon RX 3060). This graphics card is rumoured to featured to feature 32 Compute Units, 4GB of GDDR6 memory, and have a TDP of just 75W. Performance would be somewhere in the region of a Radeon RX 580.
Moving up a gear, and this is where things begin to get a little suspicious, is the full-fat Navi 12 model (Radeon RX 3070). Priced at $200, this graphics card features the full complement of 40 CUs, 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and a TDP of 130W. The performance is in line with the Radeon RX Vega 56. We’ll believe that when we see it.
The specs get a little flakier the higher up the range we go, presumably because these graphics cards could be a little further out from launch. A trio of Navi 10 graphics cards is touted (Radeon RX 3070 XT, 3080, 3080 XT), running from $250 up to $330, which really isn’t a huge price range to cram in three distinct graphics cards. These will feature from 48 up to 56 CUs and the top-end Navi 10 chip is touted to have performance which sits somewhere between AMD’s own Radeon RX Vega 64 and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070. This would represent some fantastic value, if true. You’ll excuse us having our doubts for now though.
Lastly, we’ve got the pair of top-spec flagship Navi 20 graphics cards (Radeon RX 3090 & RX 3090 XT). Navi 20 almost assuredly won’t be ready until some point in 2020, but true to AMD’s latest claims, both will be cheaper than AMD’s current $699 asking price for the Radeon VII. The lower-end Navi 20 has performance on par with the Radeon VII, with 60 Compute Units, 180W TDP, and a price tag in the region of $430.
The final part is the top-of-the-range Navi 20 model which runs around 10% faster than AMD’s current flagship, the Radeon VII. It wouldn’t be a hugely impressive performance jump on paper, but its prospects would certainly be bolstered by the reported $500 price tag. This would place performance in excess of the $699 GeForce RTX 2080. That would certainly be enough to give Nvidia pause for thought.
|Graphics Card Model||GPU||Compute Units||VRAM||TDP||Performance||Price|
|RX 3090 XT||Navi 20||64||-||225W||Radeon VII + 10%||$500|
|RX 3090||Navi 20||60||-||180W||Radeon VII||$430|
|RX 3080 XT||Navi 10||56||-||190W||RTX 2070|| |
|RX 3080||Navi 10||52||8GB GDDR6||175W||Vega 64 + 10%||$280|
|RX 3070 XT||Navi 10||48||8GB GDDR6||160W||Vega 64||$250|
|RX 3070||Navi 12||40||8GB GDDR6||130W||Vega 56||$200|
|RX 3060||Navi 12||32||4GB GDDR6||75W||RX 580||$140|
There are so many question marks over this leak but, as a tactic, it seems reasonable to assume AMD will indeed be gunning for vastly improved price to performance when compared to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX range. Price is the sore sticking point for Nvidia’s current crop of GPUs, and it certainly feels as if there’s room for AMD to maneuvre here. The good news in this scenario is Nvidia would be forced to react or risk its market share being carved away once more, raising the prospect of widespread GeForce price cuts.