With most of the PC world having palpitations over the arrival of Nvidia’s Ampere cards, some have forgotten about rival AMD—but that could soon change. The company has taken the discussion to Twitter, including CEO Lisa Su who has now confirmed an unveil date for the RDNA 2-based Radeon 6000 series and Zen 3 CPUs.
AMD has confirmed they are ready to roll out their next generation products starting next month. First, the next wave of Ryzen desktop processors using the “Zen 3” architecture, on an event that will take place next October 8 at 12pm ET.
Weeks later, the next horizon of Radeon will be revealed October 28 at 12pm ET. AMD has confirmed we’re talked about Big Navi, the RDNA 2-based, Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards.
We knew that AMD was getting ready to tease more of its upcoming graphics cards after an Easter egg was discovered in Fortnite. Streamer GinaDarling found a secret Radeon room in AMD’s Battle Arena that contained a special console. After entering the code “6000,” the words “something big is coming to the AMD battle arena” appeared.
A lot of details on Big Navi remain unknown. We’ve heard there may be a 16GB version of AMD’s card that will undercut the $699 RTX 3080 with a price of $549. Elsewhere, another rumor claimed it would offer around 15 percent better performance than the $499 RTX 3070.
Earlier this morning, Frank Azor, Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions & Marketing at AMD, tweeted the lyrics to ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical Annie. This was later retweeted by AMD’s director of marketing, Sasa Marinkovic, so it was made clear something was imminent.
Big Navi will be competing with some exciting-looking Nvidia cards. The RTX 3080 promises over 100 fps in many top titles at 4K with max settings and RTX on. We’ve also just seen prices for the 3080 and 3090 aftermarket cards.
Moving from graphics cards to CPUs, AMD’s Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors are also arriving this year. They’re rumored to come with a slew of new features, and a 10-core model could be part of the Ryzen lineup for the first time.