On its Financial Analyst Day, AMD did not launch any product though but still said some interesting things regarding their upcoming GPUs. The RDNA 2 architecture is being much speculated off recently as because it will power the Xbox Series X and PS5 gaming consoles and the upcoming Navi 2X GPUs as well.
Previously AMD did confirm about Ray Tracing on the RDNA 2 architecture and via its slides, it’s confirmed that the next-gen AMD GPUs will have this feature out-of-the-box. AMD has even announced that it is targeting a 50% improvement in efficiency over the first generation RDNA architecture.
AMD is also aiming for the performance necessary to deliver “uncompromising” 4K gaming and RDNA 2 will also support variable-rate shading. This will help AMD GPUs to compete with NVIDIA’s RTX lineup which is all set to get an upgrade this month.
The 50% increase in perf-per-watt over RDNA (1) will come due to various reason including microarchitectural enhancements as well as optimizations to physical routing and unspecified logic enhancements to “reduce complexity and switching power.”
Although the Red team is said to be using 7nm process, there might be a possibility of AMD using the advanced 7nm process i.e. TSMC’s EUV-based “N7+” node.
AMD has clarified that RDNA 2 GPUs will arrive later this year and also teased its upcoming “Big Navi” GPU in an obscured photo. The pic indicates a dual axial design which is quite similar to NVIDIA’s founder edition cards replacing the current blower-style cooler but AMD has kept silent on the Big Navi rumours as for now.
It will interesting to see how AMD holds up against NVIDIA’s Ampere GPUs which seems to be pretty impressive from its leaks. AMD’s RDNA 2 will prove crucial against NVIDIA GPUs to hold its market and how the architecture will improve gaming consoles in 2020.
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