Navi Gets Release Date and Performance Leak

AMD’s Navi news and rumors have been in talks for a long time now, but it seems that AMD may be announcing its 7nm during Computex 2019. In a recent article, TweakTown quoted that “What I’ve been told by my exclusive sources is that AMD might touch on its next-gen Navi GPU at Computex 2019 but it will instead do a full announcement of Navi at E3 2019.”

AMD launched their Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in Los Angeles back in 2017 alongside the First-gen Ryzen Threadripper, but unlike Vega, Navi will be a much better GPU architecture and from what we’ve been hearing about performance, Navi will also blow out some records. With E3 2019 taking place between June 12th-14th in Los Angeles, E3 2019 is the perfect platform to launch the most anticipated card in Radeon history in years, as it’s a total gaming-eccentric event. All eyes can be on AMD, as Navi will also be powering the two next-gen consoles which are the PlayStation 5 and Xbox.

The full launch for AMD’s Navi will be on 7/7. Though this date has been previously rumored, as AMD will be using the number 7 considerably over the coming months since it is the first company to manufacture 7nm with CPUs and GPUs and AMD plans to capitalize on that. It makes total sense and anyone that looks at the situation would agree AMD would be stupid not to use the 7 throughout its Zen 2 and Navi architectures both deploying on the 7nm process.

Performance

As far as performance goes, Navi will be easily beating the Radeon RX Vega 64 and would be coming pretty close to Nvidia’s RTX 2080, but NVIDIA will continue to reign at the top in the high-end graphics card market with its dominant GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. However, AMD doesn’t even need to hit that high on the first go, with Navi 20, the successor to Navi 10, it’ll also pack some extra performance. Navi 20 will reportedly not be that much of an upgrade in terms of performance of what is launched on 7/7 with the first-gen Navi graphics card, but this remains to be seen in the future. If AMD can do a little damage with the first-gen Navi GPUs, then we can only see improvements from it going forward. But, NVIDIA will also step into the 7nm stage with Ampere in the near future and that will definitely knock some things around.

Also keep in mind that in 18 months from now we’ll also be greeted with Intel’s first discrete graphics card since the Intel i740 from all those years ago! The new discrete graphics crad from Intel will surely be on 7nm given that Intel has struggled on 10nm for so long now. AMD’s Navi won’t be enough to fight off NVIDIA let alone whatever Intel will have in 18 months so the post-Navi 20 product should be much better as it’ll be the second post-GCN architecture from AMD.

Architecture Changes

Navi is AMD’s first post-GCN architecture which is where most of the improvements in performance comes from as it is an aging architecture. Though, Navi should be a big deal as it’ll be the first time in many, many years that AMD can be boldly proud of its GPU architecture. AMD’s Polaris architecture was a mid-range offering built for the current-gen Xbox One X and PS4/PS4 Pro while Vega was a write-off built for Apple but never properly used and then chopped into parts to put out into various APUs by AMD.

Conclusion

Navi marks the largest change in AMD’s GPU architecture in a long time, If Navi is anything like the recent success AMD has gone through with Ryzen, Threadripper, and EPYC(courtesy of the Zen CPU architecture). So we should begin to get a little excited. All eyes are now on Computex 2019 and E3 2019!

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