Get your salt ready because we’ve got a heck of a rumour for you. Fresh from AMD CEO Lisa Su claiming Team Red will be ready to fight back in a big way in 2019 comes this leak - the AMD Radeon RX 3000 series.
If true, it would be a tiny bit hilarious. Oneupmanship in its purest form as it outmaneuvers the GeForce RTX 2000 series, in nomenclature at least.
The leaked comes courtesy of AdoredTV, and we’d recommend you put roughly as much faith in it as Melania Trump puts in her hubby’s fidelity. But, it feels almost brazen enough, so outlandish, that it could possibly be true though. It’s the sort of insanity you don’t make up because it sounds too daft to be correct.
Onwards then, to the AMD Radeon RX 3000 graphics cards themselves. The leak alleges 7nm Navi will arrive inside three graphics cards early in 2019 - the Radeon RX 3080, Radeon RX 3070, and the Radeon RX 3060. The naming is odd, very odd, and would mean AMD skipped the 1000 and 2000 series entirely. However, there is a shred of sense to it. AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series processors are due to arrive next year so AMD aligning its CPU and GPU naming is plausible. It’s also a whole 1000 bigger than 2000, so take that Nvidia you wimps, you. Please come back in 2020 with the GeForce RTX 4000 series though.
AMD Radeon RX 3080 Navi 10 7nm GPU
The AMD Radeon RX 3080 will allegedly sit at the top of the pile, naturally. The RX 3080 utilises a Navi 10 GPU with 8GB GDDR6 memory and a 150W TDP. If AMD has abandoned the HBM memory experimentation that can only be a good thing. Performance is expected to be in the region of the GeForce RTX 2070 and the GeForce RTX 1080, offering speed some 15% faster than a Vega 64.
And the price?
After Su’s earlier words, those hoping for competition at the enthusiast tier may be a little disappointed in what this card offers, but at that price it would mean these cards are going to absolutely fly off the shelves. $250 is an absolute steal for anything that can even come close to the GeForce RTX 2070’s performance.
AMD Radeon RX 3070 Navi 12 7nm GPU
Moving down the pecking order, we have the Radeon RX 3070. According to the leak, this will use a full-fat Navi 12 GPU and will also have 8GB GDDR6 memory but a lower TDP of 120W. The Radeon RX 3070’s performance is anticipated to compete with the GeForce GTX 1070.
How much will the AMD Radeon RX 3070 cost?
AMD Radeon RX 3060 Navi 12 7nm GPU
And lastly, we come to the Radeon RX 3060. Bottom of the heap but still with huge potential, the RX 3060 uses a cut-down Navi 12 GPU with 4GB GDDR6 memory. It has a TDP of 75W meaning no power connectors are required, it’s powered entirely from the PCIe slot. Performance the Radeon RX 3060 is expected to be on par with the GeForce GTX 1060 but it’s a comparative snip at $129.
Now, there’s a whole lot of conjecture going on here, and none of it means anything if it isn’t true. But if it is, well, AMD has some highly affordable graphics cards on its hands with formidable performance. Nvidia would need to aggressively discount the price of its current line-up in order to compete with this offering. Navi having mainstream pricing does fall exactly into line with the past year of rumours though, and these specs also line up nicely with what could, or I guess should, be used in the upcoming generation of consoles.
GPU Memory TDP Competitor Price AMD Radeon RX 3060 Navi 12 4GB GDDR6 75W GTX 1060 $129 AMD Radeon RX 3070 Navi 12 8GB GDDR6 120W GTX 1070 $199 AMD Radeon RX 3080 Navi 10 8GB GDDR6 150W RTX 2070 $249
Roll up then, we'd love to hear your thoughts on this one. Do you believe the leak is true? If it is, what does this all mean for Nvidia and AMD's respective fortunes? Share your thoughts below!