UPDATE: AMD has confirmed during a recent earnings call that the next-gen Navi GPU will be launching in Q3 2019. It'll be AMD's second chip to utilise the 7nm process (after the Radeon VII), although should be much more power efficient and, crucially, cheaper.
Previous rumours pointed toward a July 7th launch for Navi. That still falls within the Q3 bracket although separate reports are now also proffering Gamescom in August as a potential launch window.
Navi is now on track to launch in the third quarter of 2019, right alongside the first Zen 2 processors. AMD confirmed the Navi graphics cards will have a lower price tag than the Radeon VII (£640/$699), indicating a focus on great price to performance rather than top-end hardware designed to compete with Nvidia's flagships.
“It is 7nm Navi, but it will be positioned below where our Radeon VIII is positioned today from a price-point standpoint," said AMD CEO Lisa Su.
To clarify then - there will be no high-end Radeon Navi models in Q3 2019. If you're after the top-end hardware, AMD appears to be waiting until 2020 to launch its top-end Navi 20 range. Navi 10 will be budget and mid-range 7nm GPUs that should hopefully still pack quite a punch without the pinch on our wallets.
In addition, for the fiscally inclined, AMD also revealed its first-quarter earnings. It doesn't make for overly pleasant reading. AMD's net income was just $16 million, down 80% year-on-year, while revenue was $1.27 billion, down 23%. A large contributor to this will be the lack of new mid-range and low-end hardware, an aspect which should be sorted by Q3. The Radeon VII evidently wasn't a GPU that was ever going to shift massive numbers, and this is represented in AMD's earnings.
Dr. Lisa Su informed investors that GPU revenue would increase significantly in the back half of 2019, thanks in large part to 7nm Navi gaming graphics cards.
“We are well-positioned to grow GPU revenue in the second quarter,” said Su, “and through the second half of the year, as we expect to introduce our first 7nm Navi gaming GPUs in the third quarter.
“We are excited about Navi. Navi is a new architecture for us in gaming. It has a lot of new features, across the Navi architecture. Things are progressing well.”
Original Story: 15-Apr-2019 - Rumour: AMD Radeon RX Navi to Launch July 7 - Flagship GPU on Par With RTX 2080
Numerous reports have emerged regarding AMD’s plans with its upcoming 7nm Navi GPU architecture, all of which point toward a July 7th launch for Team Red’s next-generation graphics cards
AMD itself has confirmed it will be hosting a keynote at Computex 2019 in May, during which the Navi architecture will be front and centre. Nothing has joined on that front, although it would appear this is going to be more of a top-level overview.
Following this, we’ll then get a full unveiling on AMD’s Radeon RX Navi during E3 2019, according to TweakTown. E3 2019 takes place during the week of June 12th and will, of course, also play host to the PC Gaming Show. AMD has been pretty open to hardware reveals at this particular event, and what better place to show off a new graphics card family than to an audience of potentially millions of dedicated PC gamers?
This all checks out, but about that release date? Well, AMD is allegedly going in hard on the ‘sevens’ for Navi. It’s the 7nm process so, naturally, Navi is tipped to launch on July 7th, or 7/7, which handily works out whichever side of the Atlantic you happen to be on.
It would mean AMD has the most well-known platform in gaming from which to announce Radeon Navi, before having a full month of hype and accidentally-on-purpose ‘leaks’ before the 7th July launch.
In terms of performance, the latest report from TweakTown confidently claims the top-end Navi card will be approaching GeForce RTX 2080 levels of performance. If true, we’re talking about a video card very much in the same ballpark as Radeon VII. That in itself wouldn’t be overly impressive, but where these graphics cards could shine is in the price to performance.
Previous rumours suggested we were looking at $250 for a top-end Navi 10 GPU with performance equal to the GeForce GTX 1080. The stakes have now been raised though, and the performance is close to the $699+ RTX 2080. We’re deep into pinch of salt territory here, but a figure in the $300-350 range is being bandied up for the top AMD Navi card (potentially even as low as $249) with which would represent astonishing value for money compared to Nvidia’s current GPU line-up.
The top-end Navi 10 graphics card will, it’s reported, be known as the Radeon RX 3080, while the weaker Navi 12 GPU will power the Radeon RX 3070 and Radeon RX 3060. There's no word on pricing, but if we’re to take the 3080 as a barometer, $200-250 for the RX 3060 and $250-300 for the Radeon RX 3070 would be a reasonable assumption.
To me, that $249 figure just seems ludicrous in the current market. It would be fantastic to get performance almost level with an RTX 2080 for $249 but that feels like pie-in-sky stuff. $350 and we begin to enter the realms of possibility.
For now, it’s all conjecture, but what do you make of these new Radeon RX Navi rumours? Can you see AMD gunning for a 7/7 launch? Let us know your thoughts below!