A few days back, AMD announced that they will be launching their next-gen RDNA2 based GPUs on October 28th. Previously AMD revamped the Radeon logo to show it is ready to hit NVIDIA with its price-to-performance ratio and bring its much-anticipated RDNA 2 architecture.
AMD is also enjoying to power the next-gen gaming consoles that will bring hardware-based Ray Tracing, so naturally, its upcoming GPUs will also support the feature as well. While NVIDIA is in hurry to sell its GPUs before the consoles arrive, AMD is taking its time to announce its GPUs on October 28th, prior to the availability of these consoles (scheduled for November).
So here are all the points that we know about the new AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs:
Marketing with Fornite
AMD started this all when they planted Radeon 6000 Easter Egg in Fortnite when game streamer GinaDarling found a teasing text that stated “Something big is coming to the AMD battle arena,” after having entered a passcode “6000” into a terminal to proceed. This confirmed the fact that these cards would be called Radeon RX 6000 GPUs.
AMD RX Radeon officially reveals their cooler design
Then AMD took this even further by officially revealing their triple-fan cooler via an official post wherein the pic reveals a lot more about the design of its flagship new GPU. At one glance you’ll remember the Radeon VII GPU seeing this, and clearly see the evolution of it.
There are three big fans, much like any other triple-fan GPU design along with a bold R on each one, and there’s the revamped RADEON logo down the side and should glow in its signature red color.
Again a full reveal on Fortnite
Yes, again Fortnite, AMD is loving to market its new GPU on the game’s Fortnite Creative Island – 8651-9841-1639. Now, a lot of people did head over to the game’s place as told and found a 3D render of the GPU, showing the new flagship GPU in detail.
So, here we see the same GPU that AMD demoed us with the 3D renders featuring R logos along with the revamped RADEON logo on the sides. Then we see the red stripes all over the GPU that should glow and metal shroud along with dual 8-pin PCIe power cables. The total design is reminiscent of the NVIDIA RTX 20 Series Founders Edition GPUs, however with a different touch to it.
Also, there are four display outputs including 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, and a single Virtual Link port (Type-C) connector.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series GPUs pictured
Finally, the new Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs have been pictured in real life and it looks quite cool. AMD has opted both for a triple-fan and a dual-fan cooling solution for its entire next-generation Navi 2X lineup of GPUs. These pictures were revealed by JayzTwoCents and have got them through his sources and discussed them in is the latest YouTube video:
The triple-fan GPU setup has been totally shown to us and its the Radeon RX 6900 series dubbed as the “Big Navi” GPU. While the dual-fan cooling solution will be reserved for the Radeon RX 6800 or the Radeon RX 6700 series of GPUs.
While the RX 6900 series will be the next premium flagship GPUs from AMD to go head-to-head with NVIDIA RTX-30 series GPUs, the Radeon RX 6800 or RX 6700 GPUs will be for those who seek great mid-range and budget GPUs under $500, also could be based out of Navi 22 architecture.
Both the Radeon RX 6800 & Radeon RX 6700 series of GPUs look similar to the Radeon RX 6900 series with the same revamped RADEON logo that will glow in red. Also, there’s a large cut out on the sides of the GPU for the fans to ventilate the hot air.
The dual-fan design has the same design but slightly different cooling solutions and a slightly compact form factor. The dual axial-tech fan design features a large “R” logo in the middle as well as on the fans too that symbolizes the Radeon branding. Like the RX 6900, both of these GPUs too shall have two 8-pin power connectors meaning a lot of power will be needed to power these GPUs.
Although you cannot rule out the fact that the budget ones could actually use an 8+6 pin power connectors or other power-optimized variants as well. Having the same design and length of the shroud means the I/O could be similar to that of the Big Navi graphics card. Most probably these are Navi 22 GPUs because the PCB designs leaked out recently.
The AMD RDNA 2 architecture
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 previously 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 30 series lineup.
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 the 7nm process, there might be a possibility of AMD using the advanced 7nm process i.e. TSMC’s EUV-based “N7+” node. Already the graphical performance seen on the Xbox and PS5 is amazing enough, so the RDNA2 can really be game-changing for the company if they deliver great GPUs at affordable price points.
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