Seeking to derail the roaring hype practice for Nvidia’s imminent GeForce RTX 3080 launch, AMD teased the reference design for its personal upcoming Radeon RX 6000-series “Big Navi” graphics cards on Monday, and it seems like nothing AMD has ever launched earlier than.
AMD has caught lots of flack for the design of its terrible reference coolers over time, and nicely, it’s deserved. Former flagships just like the Radeon R9 290X and Radeon RX Vega 64 screamed and howled beneath AMD’s blower-style reference coolers, solely to show far more succesful when paired with customized coolers providing higher airflow. AMD’s designs at all times provided a worse expertise than the blower-style coolers on GeForce reference playing cards. The tune (or the shrieking) remained the identical with the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT. Sure, these reference playing cards provided an enormous quality-of-life enchancment over Vega, however custom Radeon RX 5700 models with axial coolers fared much better.
Now AMD’s swiping a web page from its companions—and its rivals. Nvidia moved to a dual-axial design for its older GeForce RTX 20-series graphics playing cards, and now Radeon is doing the identical, however one higher. The Radeon RX 6000-series cooler teased on Twitter packs not one, not two, however three axial followers in its shroud, together with a way more aggressive-looking design and a pair of 8-pin energy connectors. AMD’s companions gained’t have as a lot room to enhance on Radeon’s inventory shortcomings.
“You can study every angle yourself on our Fortnite Creative Island,” the Radeon tweet teased. “8651-9841-1639.” Update: Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag visited the coordinates to deliver you the video under, which reveals the brand new card in any respect angles. Most notably, the Radeon RX 6000 design consists of one HDMI, two DisplayPorts, and a USB-C connection.
Nvidia, conversely, simply launched a novel “flow-through” cooler with unbiased push-pull followers in its $700 GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition, which hits the streets this Thursday. It nonetheless solely has two followers in comparison with AMD’s three, although, so AMD’s already earned itself a win on the spec sheet.
Beyond the cooler, AMD hasn’t revealed many formal particulars in regards to the Radeon RX 6000-series, which will likely be formally launched in “Big Navi’s” announcement on October 28. These graphics playing cards will likely be constructed utilizing AMD’s “RDNA 2” GPU structure, bringing a claimed 50-percent enchancment in efficiency per watt over the first-gen Navi chips, in addition to real-time ray tracing and different new options. Splitting off information middle choices into their very own “CDNA” structure may give AMD room to stuff Radeon RDNA GPUs full of gamer-centric goodies, so keep tuned for more information as time goes on.
Editor’s notice: This article initially printed on September 14, however was up to date September 15, 2020 to incorporate Anshel Sag’s video.