Just a few days ago when AMD Radeon revealed that they would announce their upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card on 28 October. He was upset enough to announce only one product from community members instead of teasing the announcement, but it seems that he has picked up and decided to pull back the curtain on the Radeon RX 6000 Series Cooler!
Is this a big Navi?
Is it good? That part remains to be seen, but AMD Radeon decided that today was a good time to drop the cooler design for their upcoming RX 6000 Series card and that it is probably the best looking cooler (save the R9 295×2 in my opinion) Never put on a reference card. Three big fans with a bold R on each one, which at the bottom appears to be a lit-up race logo that appears to be an evolution of the Radeon VII look. Thankfully this time around AMD went with huge fanfare, which should, in theory, be much quieter than we heard with Radon VII.
The power distribution functions are also there as they seem to have decided to go with dual 8-pin PCIe power cables instead of the 6 + 8 design that the RX 5700 Series did. We know that the RDNA2 and Navi 2X architecture is boasting high performance per watt gain, but it also looks like Radon is ready to push this power and this time it has gone out of the way. Although the wrap-around shroud and overall design are quite reminiscent of the NVIDIA RTX 20 Series Founder’s Edition card. There are also four display outputs that include 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort and a single virtual link port (Type-C) connector.
There is still much to be revealed on 28 October as the cooler is only a small part of the story, what lies beneath it as if not more important. But for now, here is the tweet sent by Radon:
Take a look at the design of the new Radeon RX 6000 series. Our upcoming @AMD # RDNA2 The graphics card will feature a new cooler design, and you can study every angle on our Fortnite Creative Island. 8651-9841-1639. pic.twitter.com/KGQAOXDivZ
– Radeon RX (@Radeon) 14 September 2020
Here we know about RDNA 2 based Radon RX Navi 6000 Desktop GPU
The AMD RDNA 2-based Radeon RX Navi 2x graphics card family is also said to disrupt the 4K gaming segment due to how Ryzen disrupted the entire CPU landscape. This is a very bold claim from AMD itself, but leaks and rumors are suggesting that this may be the case with AMD’s next-generation Radeon RX graphics card.
AMD revealed that its rDNA 2 GPU would give a similar performance jump over the first gen-rDNA GPU, like the Zen 2. The first rDNA GPUs gave a massive 50% increase in performance per GCN architecture and rDNA 2 GPUs. RDNA is expected to do the same on 1, providing another 50% increase in performance per watt.
According to the roadmap shared by AMD, the RDNA 2 GPU will have three key features that will be part of the new GPU architecture. First and foremost is the increase per watt which is due to many reasons. AMD will shift from TSMC’s 7nm process to a more advanced 7nm process node. The new process node increases the transistor’s efficiency over its new size, while allowing AMD to perform more in a much smaller package, while reducing its overall size.
The major changes that have resulted in a 50% increase in performance per watt include a redesigned microstructure with improved performance-per-clock (IPC), a logic increase that increases design complexity and switching power and physical Optimizations such as reducing clock speed help.
AMD has also announced that the RDNA 2 GPU will feature VRS (Variable Rate Shading) and hardware-accelerated ray tracing. AMD is following suit here with NVIDIA having already implemented the same technologies on GeForce RTX graphics cards based on their Turing GPUs. With the launch of new consoles from Microsoft and Sony adjacent, AMD is going to work to provide these features with its own customizable framework for developers for integration within the next generation of gaming titles.
AMD recently demonstrated its RDNA 2 GPU internally in Microsoft’s DXR 1.1 (DirectX 12 API Ultimate) demo that uses hardware-accelerated ray tracing. AMD’s approach to ray tracing is to offer simplified development and rapid adoption and this is certainly possible through consoles where game developers are largely focused on their efforts.
The CEO of AMD, Drs. Lisa Su, has already said that we can expect a new RDNA 2 GPU based Radeon RX high end family and a 7nm RDNA refresh family to launch this year. The same was said during the presentation stating that the “Navi 2x” lineup would scale from top to bottom and, as the name suggests, would increase performance efficiency by twice the first generation RX graphics card. AMD’s CFO, Davinder Kumar, shed some light on the RDNA 2 GPU-based Radon RX products for the PC platform, stating that PCs will be the first to taste the new architecture as a larger Navi (Halo) graphics card. By mainstream GPUs.
“There’s a lot of excitement for Navi 2, or as our fans have dubbed the big Navi”
“Badi Navi is an aura product”
“Enthusiasts love to buy the best, and we are definitely working on giving them the best”.
“RDNA 2 architecture goes through the entire stack”
“It will go from mainstream GPUs to enthusiasts and then to architecture game console products… as well as our integrated APU products.
“This allows us to take advantage of larger ecosystems, accelerating the development of exciting features like ray tracing and more.”
Through AMD CFO, Davinder Kumar
Some of the features expected from the 2nd Generation RDNA Navi GPU will be:
- Customized 7nm process node
- Enthusiast-grade desktop graphics card option
- Hardware-level ray tracing support
- GDDR6 graphics card mix
- More power-efficient than first-gen Navi GPUs
One of the key features on the Big Navi Radeon RX GPU is that it is going to disrupt the 4K gaming segment, similar to how Ryzen disrupted the entire CPU segment. These are some bold claims by AMD, but if anything could happen because of those rumored specifics, these claims probably won’t.
Chandrasekhar says, “With the Radon 5000-series, we’re essentially covering 90-percent of total PC gamers today. “And so that’s why there’s no 4K right now, it’s because most of them are at 1440p and 1080p.
“That doesn’t mean there’s not a 4K-capable GPU, it’s coming, but here and now we want to focus on the vast majority of gamers.”
“Similar to Ryzen,” he says, “we all need a thriving Radeon GPU ecosystem. So, are we going after 4K, and similarly disrupting 4K? Absolutely, you’re on it. Can trust. But this is what I can say right now.
Once again, AMD in its own presentation emphasized enthusiast-class performance for the RDNA 2-based Radeon RX ‘Navi 2X’ GPU, with something to consider. However, competition from the other side will not just close the eyes as AMD launches its high-performance graphics cards. The next generation NVIDIA-based GFers GPUs are gearing up to be a beast from what we’ve seen so far and will be available to consumers first, starting on September 17.
The second half of 2020 will surely be an interesting time for all hardware enthusiasts and mainstream PC gamers who are eager to upgrade their PCs with the best hardware.