AMD to officially announce Zen 3 CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 GPUs in October

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Sep 10, 2020 12:00 PM

Team Green and Team Red are back in the fight, with Nvidia’s latest GeForce Special Event officially announcing the new RTX 30 series graphics cards, AMD have announced that they will be holding their own even to officially announce the next-gen Zen 3 processors and Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards in October.

More specifically, the Zen 3 announcement will be on October 8th and the Radeon RX 6000 reveal will take place on October 28th, that’s almost 3 weeks apart. The Zen 3 event will include the next generation of Ryzen 4000 processors codenamed Vermeer, whilst the Radeon RX 6000 series event will cover the RDNA2-based Navi GPUs. You can check out the official dates and times for the AMD events below:

Event PDT (US West Coast) EDT (US East Coast) BST (UK) AEDT (Australia)
Zen 3 (Ryzen 4000 Desktop CPUs) 9am, October 8th 12pm, October 8th 5pm, October 8th 2am, October 9th
Radeon RX 6000 (RDNA2-based Navi GPUs) 9am, October 28th 12pm, October 28th 5pm, October 28th 2am, October 29th

Both events will take place at the same time on different days; so that’s 9am (October 8th and October 28th) for those living on the West Coast of the US like California, 12pm for folks on the East Coast like New York, 5pm for everyone in the UK, and 2am the following day (October 9th and October 29th) for those living in Australia.

It’s certainly interesting that AMD didn’t pick a date before most of the new RTX 30 series GPUs launch, as they most surely would want to get into the action ASAP and provide consumers with an AMD alternative to Nvidia, if they were indeed waiting to see what the Green Team would offer. 

However, the good news is that we’ll definitely be able to get our hands on AMD’s new Radeon RX 6000 Navi GPUs before November, as AMD previously stated that they will be releasing before next-gen consoles arrive, and the Xbox Series X was recently revealed to launch on November 10th.

Hopefully we’ll be able to see something that can adequately take on the flagship RTX 3080 GPU, as I doubt AMD will be able to offer an equivalent to the RTX 3090 at this stage. But what are your predictions?

What do you think? Are you excited for what AMD has to offer? What are your CPU and GPU predictions? And how do you think AMD’s GPUs will compare to Nvidia’s RTX 30 series? Let us know!

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00:25 Sep-11-2020

I am hyped af, however Nvidia and Intel have more money for R & D, i hope AMD will be able to compete. It is going to be a fierce competition.

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00:04 Sep-11-2020

Announcement date for rdna2 doesnt look good, month and a half till gpu announcement, it will not sell at the same date so at very best case scenario reference cooler gpus will be available after 2 months, and people will need to wait for aib cards even longer, 14-60 days on top of that, meh...

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23:25 Sep-10-2020

I need both cpu and gpu as I'm planning on building high end AMD PC

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15:56 Sep-10-2020

Hopefully they'll announce a low priced 8C/16T CPU considering games for the new consoles should be designed with using all of their 8 cores now.

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15:39 Sep-10-2020

I highly doubt I'll see anything that tickles my fancy in terms of GPUs, as usual, but their CPU front seems exciting.


Say what you want, but you DO get more stuff when buying a GeForce GPU, compared to AMD - DLSS, raytracing, creator software, CUDA... And with raytracing being a lot better this time around without tanking the fps into the ground - it's a no-brainer.


The CPU front is far less fragmented like that, so I wouldn't have a problem going for AMD, considering the CPU and mobo do what I need them to do.

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15:47 Sep-10-2020

AMD still offers some nice features too. AMD anti-lag, Chill is pretty good, their pixel sharpening or whatever it's called, and a decent chunk of additions with it. I'd check the drivers for all the features but I've been using 1080ti for a few months now.
But can't argue with CUDA, but DLSS 2.0 and RayTracing are still heavily underused. Great where they are used, but it's still a small amount of games that take advantage of it.

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15:50 Sep-10-2020

Can't say I expect much from AMD on GPUs this year either. I'd like a miracle like Ryzen but I don't think that's gonna happen. What I hope to see is great value for mid range segment, something to compete with 3070 and 3080 in terms of performance and price, because I'm genuinely eyeing that 3080 but I'd love it much more if the price went down a bit. And who knows, maybe AMD has a decent alternative to offer too.

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16:47 Sep-10-2020

But that's kinda the point... anti-lag - we have this in the ultra low latency mode. Sharpening? Also have it. All sorts of frame limiters, etc. The ONLY thing I can think of that we're missing in the Nvidia world is tessellation control, which AMD seem to expose. Other than that - Nvidia offers everything and then some, with the future prospects looking really good for DLSS and RTX. I'm very keen on DLSS in particular, since that enables really good 5K+ gaming performance. The consoles could really use something like that, but alas...

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17:20 Sep-10-2020

RayTracing from AMD is a given, and seeing how well DLSS performs, I feel like AMD is going to figure out their way of doing so. Forgot that Nvidias response to Anti-lag was ultra low latency. But yeah, can't really deny the feature set you get with GeForce.

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18:53 Sep-10-2020

Well, given that Nvidia invested heavily in AI, they've been doing it for years and they have a metric a$$load of cash for R&D and building supercomputers for various AI training tasks (including DLSS!) - I'd say whatever AMD will do...won't be as good... On top of that, consider that Nvidia is now in its 2nd/3rd gen of RTX/Tensor, while AMD will be on their FIRST gen of any of it, if they'll match what Nvidia is doing... I'm sure AMD's stuff will be good with raster, but Nvidia will give the extras that I think are worth the buy.

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15:29 Sep-17-2020

Expect AMD to be competing with the rtx 3070Ti/Super(whatever they call the GPU between the rtx 3070 and rtx 3080).
Though Nvidia has a huge disadvantage for going with Samsung's 8nm compared to TSMC's 7nm. So who knows. And RNDA2 might be much better than Ampere. Plus AMD might release a high-end GPU for once.

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12:29 Sep-10-2020

AMD always little too late

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12:35 Sep-10-2020

How are they late though?

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13:47 Sep-10-2020

Announcing RDNA 2 after all of 30xx being released.

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13:49 Sep-10-2020

Well Nvidia already had stated that they'll release new GPUs this year.


And AMD stated that too.


And AMD's reveal won't be anything special so why would the be in a hurry?

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15:29 Sep-10-2020

Not really. For the majority of people who will own a next Gen GPU, Nvidia's launch will be a paper launch due to limited supply. Most people will not be able to get their hands on a 3XXX gpu at a reasonable price for months.

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00:25 Sep-11-2020

Again with this limited supply thing, why people are so sure that this is the case? I mean yeah the demand is going to be big but there is no proof that the supply is going to be atrocious. Nvidia did Q A and said that supply is going to be better than turing launch.

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04:57 Sep-11-2020

Why? This will be the most demanded GPU line at launch in a long time, and industry is still recovering from Covid with significant limitation in manufacturing and supply lines. Add to all this reports of limited supply.

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14:22 Sep-17-2020

Lol what do you think now? No one had a chance to buy it. Did you get one? To me this was the worst paper launch I could remember.

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18:13 Sep-10-2020

Agree with the sentiment in general.. right now though, they're actually very early compared to before

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