The AMD Radeon developers have been hard at work on RDNA 2, the next GPU architecture that will compete against Nvidia’s Ampere offerings. A full presentation is scheduled for October 28, 2020, but a few details have found their way to the internet.
Since Radeon has tried to keep many details a secret, even the name of the new architecture isn’t clear at this point since. Most call it RDNA 2, but AMD has also mentioned it under the name of Navi 2X, sparking some discussions among fans.
RX 6000 series
While AMD has revealed that the upcoming graphics cards range will be included in the RX 6000 series, there will also be some Big Navi models. This might be confusing for some perspective buyers, but hardcore gamers will be more interested in the performance and value of the new cards.
Previous products suggest that Radeon will be focused on a performance per dollar ratio. Navi debuted in 2019 with the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, followed by a series of affordable solutions that have attracted a large number of fans, including the RX 5700 and the RX 5600 XT.
Affordable but not the best
Affordability is attractive for many potential customers, but an impressive revenue can also be earned by providing bleeding-edge technology, which pushes everything to the limits. Nvidia’s Ampere architecture comes with a massive performance boost as the RTX 3070 manages to beat the RTX 2080 Ti and comes at close to half the price.
It is speculated that AMD and Radeon have been working on a secret ace in the sleeve, known under the elusive name of Big Navi. Big-Navi GPUs have been designed with high performance in mind, and they could compete with some of the new RTX models, but there is no conclusive proof at this point. More information could surface in the following weeks.