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AMD is about to unleash their Radeon RX 5600 XT onto the world, with AIB partner ASUS unleashing two of its custom Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards in the ROG Strix and TUF Gaming variants.
Starting with the flagship ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5600 XT O6G, which comes in a large triple-slot design with DirectCU III cooling and 3 x Axial-Tech fans. ASUS has idle fan stop that disables the fans when the card isn't being stressed, RGB lighting (of course), and 8+6-pin PCIe power connectors.
ASUS also has the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5600 XT EVO graphics card, which maintains the why-the-hell-is-it-a-triple-slot design, but with the TUF X3 cooler.
NVIDIA will be launching its next-gen Ampere GPU architecture this year, where we should see the new GPU introduced at NVIDIA's own GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in March 2020. But what about the gaming side of things? I've also got some rumored specs on NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card here.
Well, according to analysts at Citibank, the semiconductor market is going to be strong throughout 2020. Harsh Kumar from Citibank writes: "In our view, 2020 appears to be a major recovery year for the semiconductor market. Inventory levels are low across the board, and with a soothing trade narrative, we expect a strong pick-up in demand".
After the cryptocurrency mining boom and subsequent bust, NVIDIA was left with a ton of graphics cards on the market just as they ramped into the launch of the Turing GPU architecture and GeForce RTX 2000 series graphics cards. Sales were not too strong, and while they did sell well -- it was not as well-received with gamers as the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards.
NVIDIA will be launching its next-generation Ampere GPU architecture and new GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards later this year, but it now appears as have some juicy new specs to devour from the latest rumors.
MyDrivers is reporting on two new GPUs in the Ampere family of GPUs: GA103 and GA104. Long-time nerds and enthusiasts will note that the GA103 is an interesting entry, as we would've expected GA102 and GA104, but GA103 is reportedly powering the upcoming GeForce RTX 3080 and has some beast specs with it.
GA103 will reportedly pack 3840 stream processors, 60 SMs, and 10/20GB of GDDR6 on a 320-bit memory bus. The 10/20GB VRAM option there is an interesting one, as we haven't had a card with 20GB of VRAM before. Moving onto the GA104, we have 3072 stream processors, 48 SMs, and 8/16GB GDDR6 on a 256-bit memory bus -- this will take form in the GeForce RTX 3070.
Intel is still a while away from entering the discrete GPU battle with its DG1 graphics card, with the first-gen Xe GPU architecture demoed back at CES 2020 earlier this month with the Xe Low Power 'DG1 GPU'. I've also got some rumored specs on NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card here.
The first Intel Xe based discrete graphics card was always going to be a low-end part, but the second one is going to pack a much more powerful GPU punch. Intel's high-end DG2 GPU is now rumored to be packing the second-gen Xe GPU architecture, but interestingly be made on TSMC's own 7nm node -- not Intel's in-house 7nm.
Intel's new DG2 GPU would arrive in 2022, with the company using TSMC's 7nm process node over Intel's in-house 7nm EUV tech. This would be a move made after the continuous tripping over Intel has experienced with its troubled 10nm node, and Intel does not need a repeat of that mess as it's just getting on its feet in the GPU market.
AMD has 100% confirmed that Big Navi is coming in 2020, with CEO Dr. Lisa Su herself confirming the news during a special CES 2020 edition of The Bring Up AMD show. Check her out saying it below:
In the video, Su says: "My main message to our fans is this is just a beginning for us in 2020. I've heard a little bit through Twitter and Reddit that people are wondering about, you know, Big Navi. I can say you gonna see Big Navi in 2020. There might be few people wondering about Zen 3 as well and I can tell you that Zen 3 is doing really well, we are excited about it. I look forward talking about that later in 2020".
Interestingly, Su refers to AMD's return to the enthusiast graphics card market with 'Big Navi'. It's not the first time that Su has talked about a new high-end Radeon GPU, with Su talking about a high-end Navi graphics card at CES 2020 and something I covered in more detail here.
Intel teased its Xe DG1 software development vehicle at CES 2020, but it looks like the Xe GPU architecture itself will be unveiled in greater detail at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March 2020.
Intel itself has said it will be hosting a session at GDC 2020 about its Xe GPU architecture, where we'll find out more details on the hardware architecture, and more. Intel explains: "Intel's brand new Xe Architecture has been teased for a while, and is scheduled for release later this year! This update brings a significant compute, geometry and throughput improvements over today's widely used Gen9 and Gen11 graphics".
The post continues: "This talk will provide a detailed tour of the hardware architecture behind Intel's upcoming GPUs - unveiling the structure behind its building blocks and their performance implications. Special consideration will be taken to explain how graphics engineers can best exploit the new Xe Architecture. We will then take an in-depth look at the powerful new features being introduced with this new architecture".
NVIDIA has just trolled AMD by dropping the price of its GeForce RTX 2060 to $299, after its introduction at CES 2019 and its starting price of $349. I've also got some rumored specs on NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card here.
This means that NVIDIA has now got an RTX graphics card at under $300, offering the Turing GPU and its 6GB of DDR6 memory at 14Gbps for $299. AMD introduced its mid-range Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card at CES 2020 starting at $279.
NVIDIA is now more competitively priced with the GeForce RTX 2060 at $299, as it is a faster graphics card than the Radeon RX 5600 XT (which I'll be reviewing soon) as the Radeon RX 5600 XT is around 15% faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, and around 20% faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.
We know that AMD is cooking up a competitor to NVIDIA's enthusiast range of GeForce RTX graphics cards, something that is dubbed Big Navi -- and here we are again with a new leak.
VideoCardz is reporting that board partner AFOX submitted multiple new SKUs to the EEC, for a bunch of unreleased and unannounced Radeon graphics cards. These cards include the Radeon RX 5800 XT, Radeon RX 5900, Radeon RX 5950, and what should be the flagship Radeon RX 5950 XT.
This isn't the first time we've heard about a monster new Radeon, but the naming scheme is giving me some tingles of nostalgia back to the dual-GPU beast in the Hawaii-based Radeon R9 295XT. There's nothing else here to report, other than what could be another spotting of AMD's Big Navi and its name -- Radeon RX 5950 XT.
CES 2020 - AMD debuted their mid-range Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card at CES 2020, and while NVIDIA didn't return fire... EVGA did, kinda.
EVGA debuted their new GeForce RTX 2060 KO and GeForce RTX 2060 KO Ultra graphics cards, with the RTX 2060 KO priced at $279 -- the same price as the new Radeon RX 5600 XT. EVGA's new GeForce RTX 2060 KO graphics card has a reference GPU clock of 1680MHz, and 6GB of GDDR6 at 14Gbps.
The slightly higher-end RTX 2060 KO Ultra has a higher GPU clock of 1755MHz, and is $20 more at $299. EVGA is offering a $20 rebate on these cards right now, so their original prices are $299 and $319 respectively. Both cards will be launching on January 13, rocking a dual-fan cooler and single 8-pin PCIe power connector.
AMD didn't show off anything related to Big Navi at CES 2020, and while AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su did say that AMD would be returning with a high-end GPU in 2020.
Well, barely 24 hours later a mysterious entry has appeared in the OpenVR benchmarks results database. The entry is called 'AMD Radeon(TM) Graphics' and nothing specific, so we could be looking at a dual-GPU solution or Big Navi itself.
Whatever it is, it is fast -- as it beats out a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and that's a very, very big deal. You might be sitting back not believing this, but imagine that something similar to this leaked out before the first-gen Ryzen CPUs. Imagine the headlines "AMD so far behind in CPUs, but they're coming back and will beat Intel!" -- no one would believe it. Fast forward to now, and oh boy how the tables have turned.