AMD might be back in the mid-range and the upper mid-range graphics card market, but the enthusiast space is still ruled by NVIDIA’s top dogs, namely the RTX 2080 Super and the RTX 2080 Ti. The former is ahead of the Radeon RX 5700 XT by a moderate gap while the latter is in a different league altogether with a price tag of $999 (90K INR). We know that AMD is planning to make a comeback into the premium market with the Navi 20 GPU in 2020 which is also expected to come with H/W level ray-tracing support, but no hi-profile launches have been officially announced for this year. Now, there might be a tiny ray of hope (really minuscule) that enthusiasts might get a taste of RDNA/Navi with a 4096 core part. Let me give you a bit of context.
This news comes from the well-known Twitter source, Komachi who has claimed that there is still a possibility that we might see a big Navi SKU based on the 1st Gen RDNA architecture, codenamed Navi 12. We know for a fact that the 7nm GPU lineup from AMD will have three different chips, namely Navi 10 (RX 5700 series), Navi 14 (low-end) and lastly Navi 12 which could be a high-end, midrange or an entry-level product. According to Komachi, this might be the new AMD GPU flagship with a total of 4096 stream processors, with performance in the same range as the RTX 2080 Ti.
We know what happens when AMD comes after NVIDIA in the GPU market. The graphics card prices come tumbling down making those shiny RTX cards a lot more affordable. So, regardless of whether you’re an NVIDIA fan or an AMD follower, this is all-round good news for everyone. Again, this hasn’t been confirmed and is based on speculation, so take it with a grain of salt. The only thing for certain is that Navi 12 is coming and it could a graphics powerhouse or a tame low-power part. Stay tuned!
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