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AMD promises Navi refresh, next-gen RDNA2 graphics cards in 2020

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su teases Navi refresh and RDNA2 cards both coming in 2020

By Anthony Garreffa on Jan 28, 2020 11:39 pm CST - 2 mins, 17 secs reading time

AMD hosted their FY2019 earnings call today, with some new information provided by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su on the GPU side of things. We are now learning there will be a Navi refresh this year, as well as the next-gen RDNA architecture.


Our friends at AnandTech have transcribed the call, where Lisa Su said: "In 2019, we launched our new architecture in GPUs, it's the RDNA architecture, and that was the Navi based products. You should expect that those will be refreshed in 2020 - and we'll have a next generation RDNA architecture that will be part of our 2020 lineup".

She continued: "So we're pretty excited about that, and we'll talk more about that at our financial analyst day. On the data centre GPU side, you should also expect that we'll have some new products in the second half of this year"

What does this mean for gamers? It means the new RDNA 2 architecture will be launched with 'Big Navi' stealing the show, and should be a family of graphics cards above the newly-teased Navi refresh. This means we should see the current Navi-based cards on the newer 7nm+ node while the new RDNA 2-based cards will be a family of higher-end graphics cards to compete against NVIDIA's higher-end Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

But, will the new RDNA 2-based Radeon graphics cards be good enough to compete with NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPU architecture and the teased GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 graphics cards? That's something we'll have to wait and see, but I don't think AMD will be able to beat NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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