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Rumour: AMD Navi 7nm GPUs Not Available Until Late 2019, 16GB Vega 20 to Launch Q1 2019
By Jon Sutton on July 2nd, 2018 at 03:11pm - original article from game-debate

The second of today’s AMD leaks, and we’re really having to lean heavily into speculative territory here, is in regards to Vega 20 and the upcoming Navi GPUs. Coming from the same source who leaked the Polaris 30 GPU, they suggest that AMD Navi probably won’t be ready until at least 2019, while 7nm Vega 20 chips for the enthusiast market could be ready to launch in Q1 2019.

We’ll start with Navi, AMD’s much anticipated next-generation graphics processing chip. The leak, by way of WCCFTech, alleges that the first Navi graphics cards will arrive in 2019, and the first GPUs will be aimed at the mainstream market. For mainstream, read ‘budget’. For those after high-end Navi graphics cards, these apparently won’t be ready until much later.

The breakdown of Navi GPUs is as follows: Navi 10 should be launching in either late 2019 or early 2020. This will be the first Navi GPU to arrive and it will be focused on the mainstream market. Performance is cited to be on par with Vega. This information seems to be speculative in the extreme though, so don’t take this any sort of confirmation.

Following Navi 10, Navi 14 will follow. There’s absolutely zero information given on this GPU, aside from it will be based on the Navi 7nm architecture.

Finally, there’s Navi 20. This will allegedly be the actual Navi flagship high-end GPU. Manufactured on the 7nm node, this apparently won’t be ready until 2020, or perhaps even 2021.

As for AMD Vega 20, the rumour concerns a new 7nm Vega GPU potentially designed for gamers. Whether it’s going to actually launch or not is going to come down to the availability of HBM2, as the 7nm Vega 20 graphics card could potentially have 16GB HBM2 memory as standard. It’s penciled in for a Q1 2019 launch and according to the ‘leak’ will have higher clock speeds and a 4096-bit memory interface.

We have to say we’re incredibly skeptical of the AMD Vega 20 in particular. HBM2 has proven itself prohibitively expensive and it just doesn’t make sense for AMD to keep trying to chase down that particular rabbit hole, especially if it’s trying to compete with Nvidia of pricing.

What do you think of these rumours, can you see any semblance of truth to AMD’s plans? If we have to wait until late in 2019 for enthusiast-tier AMD graphics cards, is that too little, too late? Let us know below!