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Big Navi and mainstream graphics cards with AMD's RDNA 2 GPUs come first to the PC – next generation consoles later

AMD has confirmed that the RDNA 2 'Big Nav' GPU on Radeon RX graphics cards for the PC platform will come before next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft. This confirmation was given by AMD at the Bank of America 2020 Securities global technology conference, where AMD's CFO, David Kumar, stated that next-generation GPU architecture will be available on the PC platform before next-generation consoles are released.

During the webcast, David also revealed that AMD will focus on bringing its RDNA 2 GPUs to the PC platform, initially in the form of a Radeon RX graphics card for enthusiasts. The product range would initially include the Big Navi-GPU, which David has described as a kind of lighthouse product that will focus on the market for sophisticated games. The next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony are also expected to come onto the market in 2020, so that Big Navi might be ready for the beginning of the 4th century. Quarter or even earlier.

David also revealed that the RDNA 2 architecture runs through the entire stack, which means that we will probably get not only high-end products but also mainstream graphics cards at a very reasonable price. Some of the most important points David mentioned during the webcast are mentioned below (via Videocardz)

"There's a lot of excitement for GPS 2, or what our fans have dubbed as the Big GPS"

"Big Navi is a halo product"

"Enthusiasts love to buy the best, and we are certainly working on giving them the best".

"RDNA 2 architecture goes through the entire stack

"it will go from mainstream GPUs all the way up to the enthusiasts and then the architecture also goes into the game console products as well as our integrated APU products.

"This allows us to leverage the larger ecosystem, accelerate the development of exciting features like ray tracing and more."

via AMD's CFO, David Kumar

Many enthusiasts have been waiting forever for AMD to release a successor for its Vega and Navi-based high-end graphics cards. The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with RDNA outperforms the Radeon VII in many applications, but NVIDIA still holds the crown for the most powerful graphics cards with the Turing-based GeForce graphics cards such as the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and Titan RTX. Even the Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti remains a serious opponent for the Radeon RX 5700 series of Navi 10-based graphics cards.

If David's statements hold true, then Big Navi-based Radeon RX graphics cards could definitely extend the battle to NVIDIA's 1000-Euro class graphics card. I already had the news about AMD's RDNA 2 GPU, codenamed Sienna Cichlid, which was discovered in the Linux drivers, yesterday. It is speculated that this is the Big Navi (Navi 21) graphics processor itself.

 

Source: via videocardz.com

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