One heck of a rumour has emerged this morning, arriving by way of a Sapphire spokesperson who has allegedly let the cat out of the bag regarding AMD’s plans for its upcoming Radeon Navi 7nm graphics cards.
The Sapphire spokesperson was talking to assorted Chinese media this week, as per a now-deleted article on Zhihu, and appears to have spilled a few more details than they perhaps should of.
And here’s the kicker - Sapphire claims AMD will be revealing its first Radeon RX Navi graphics card within the week. The official announcement will take place on Monday, May 27th, where two graphics card will be revealed. Codenamed Navi XT and Navi Pro, these would likely end up being the long-rumoured AMD Radeon RX 3080 and AMD Radeon RX 3070.
This would be a heck of a surprise, in truth. We’d assumed we were possibly weeks but more likely months away from a Navi reveal. Everything appears to have circled back around to the leak earlier this year though, with the May 27th date lining up nicely with AMD’s Computex 2019 keynote in Taiwan.
Assuming there’s actually some credibility to this leak, next week’s shaking up to be a hot one for AMD. In terms of the graphics cards which could be revealed, the Radeon RX 3080 will obviously be the flagship model, while the Radeon RX 3070 will be slightly further down the pecking order. Pricing rumours point towards a more expensive line-up than we were perhaps expecting though, with the RX 3080 rocking a touted $499 price tag with performance slightly in excess of the GeForce RTX 2070. The AMD Radeon Navi Pro RX 3070 is set to be $100 cheaper at $399, packing performance that’s slightly faster than the GeForce RTX 2060.
If all of this is true, this would inevitably end up feeling a bit of a disappointment. Early rumours, and AMD’s language used, had suggested much cheaper price points for the first wave of Navi. We’d heard $300-350 price points for the RX 3080 and just $200 for the RX 3070. With these current price points, they wouldn’t actually be any saving at all when compared to Nvidia’s current crop of GPUs.
Still, you never know how this is all going to shake out and AMD could certainly surprise us yet. Just to make things a little more tantalizing, a Gigabyte representative today said “I am more excited for this Computex than the past few years combined. Stay tuned, I guarantee you’ll be blown away.” Consider us tuned.