AMD Navi coming on RX GPUs
AMD Navi coming on RX GPUs

AMD‘s coming Radeon gaming GPUs will feature the new Navi architecture for graphics cards. AMD Navi is produced with 7nm nodes and represents a budget-friendly version to a market full of pricy alternatives.

Unverified sources have shared the specs of upcoming AMD GPUs featuring the Navi architecture.

It now seems Navi architecture will compete against Nvidia’s top-end pieces.

However, this time is different: Navi competes against expensive cards with incredibly competitive prices.  Not like the $700 Radeon VII wasn’t enough. 

Furthermore, AMD points Navi will becoming out by late 2019.

AMD product roadmap pointing to Navi launching in late 2019
AMD product roadmap is pointing to AMD Navi launching in late 2019. Source: Tom’s Hardware.

The possible AMD Navi GPUs that are coming soon

According to a December video-leak by Scottish tech YouTuber Jim Parker (AdoredTV), the first Navi cards will feature the Radeon RX 3000 moniker.

Parker has leaked before and been proven right. However, you should take unofficial information for what it is.

Even so, here are the alleged AMD Radeon RX 3000 cards:

  Radeon RX 3080 Radeon RX 3070
Radeon RX 3060
Architecture (GPU)
Navi 10 Navi 12 Navi 12
Memory Capacity
8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 4GB GDDR6
TDP
150W 120W 75W (no 6-pin)
Pricing
$249.99 $199.99 $129.99
Competition RTX 2070 / GTX 1080 RTX 2060 / GTX 1070 GTX 1650 / GTX 1060

 

The leak says the RX 3000 series will compete against Nvidia’s current GeForce RTX-20 series with pretty aggressive price tags.

The Radeon RX 3080 will employ AMD’s Navi 10 silicon with a 7nm manufacturing process. It will pack 8GB of GDDR6 memory and a low 150W thermal design power. The card is supposed to be 15 percent faster than the previous Radeon RX Vega 64.

More so, the Radeon RX 3080 is expected to sell for $249.99.

Meanwhile, the RX 3070 and the RX 3060 will use a Navi 12 die and sell for $199.99 and $129.99, respectively.

Notably, the RX 3060 will feature a 75W TDP and not depend on an extra 6-pin PCIe power connector. Instead, it draws all the power it requires from its standard x16 slot.

The current state of the graphics card market

Ever since AMD launched the Vega series in mi-2017, the market became clear. Nvidia rose as the unchallenged leader at the top of the GPU hierarchy.

Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX-20 series, plus the cheaper GeForce GTX 10-series, helped the company’s domination over the graphics card market.

AMD’s new generation of GPUs, the Radeon VII, could give the market the kick it needs to drive performance forwards -and not just prices.

AMD Radeon VII is a $700 GOU
AMD Radeon VII is a $700 GPU. Source: Wccftech.

Overall, a healthier competition would drop prices down. Performance-Per-Dollar is getting increasingly unhealthy in the GPU market.

Just take a look at AMD’s shells: the Radeon VII is 1.75 times more expensive than Vega 64 for a measly 1.3 increase in 4K performance. That’s not a very good ratio given the Radeon VII is a high-end GPU.

I’ll quote myself in an article I already did when Navi was peaking its head:

“Both AMD and Nvidia are becoming increasingly expensive. It seems PC Build is not just for PC enthusiasts, but for PC enthusiasts with some money to spare.”

It’s even more troublesome when you realize the only GPU that genuinely pushed the benched forward is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 20180 Ti. That’s a graphics card with a starting price of $1,200.

AMD Navi is going to the next-generation Sony PlayStation

As Sony expanded its partnership with the US-based chipmaker, the PlayStation 5 will now pack a Navi GPU and an AMD Zen 2 processor.

PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny confirmed the upcoming console would be powered by a custom-tailored AMD solution based on Navi architecture.

Why Navi? Probably because AMD Navi, as I said before, is budget friendly. And cheap is perhaps the most important thing to consider when it comes to deciding whether to play on a console or a PC.

As Cerny confirmed the PS5 would support ray tracing, we can also assume Navi will support ray tracing as well.

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