Why AMD’s Navi GPUs Won’t Impress Gamers or Enthusiasts Alike


    After the rather mild reception that Radeon VII received, gamers have been hoping that AMD’s upcoming Navi GPUs will give NVIDIA’s growing market share something to chew on. I am not contesting the fact that the lineup will be competitive, but I’m positive most AMD fans are setting their sights way too high. Here’s why:

    The AMD Navi GPUs will most likely be based on the same 4th-gen GCN micro-architecture as Polaris
    AMD Navi

    -only with better clocks and TDPs, thanks to TMSC’s 7nm node efficiency. The fifth iteration of GCN was mainly used in case of the HBM2 Vega and the recently released Radeon VII graphics cards, and most of the improvements pertain to the HBM memory or HBM cache. There’s a very low chance that AMD will opt for HBM memory to fuel the Navi chips, and even if they do it’ll be a ludicrous decision given the price and availability of the memory standard. It is possible though that a modified version of the GCN5 microarchitecture will power the Navi chips.

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    The Navi lineup won’t go up against NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX graphics cards

    The highest-end Polaris card, the Radeon RX 590 struggles to keep up with the slowest Turing GPU, the GTX 1660. The 1660 Ti is pretty much out of reach for AMD’s present Radeon lineup. AMD’s Navi chips will try to recapture the mid-range segment of the GPU market, competing with the GTX 1650 (yet unannounced), 1660, 1660 Ti and potentially the RTX 2060. The big Turing is highly unlikely to find a competitor in Navi. Regardless, aggressive pricing and decent performance figures should put team red back on track, at least in the budget space.

    Neither Navi 10 nor Navi 20 GPUs will have hardware level support for raytracing
    AMD Navi
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    Just yesterday rumors had started circulating suggesting that Navi 20 will launch in 2020 and will not only challenge NVIDIA’s top-end GeForce RTX 2080 Ti but might also support hardware-level support for real-time raytracing. I would like to clarify that although the former is a possibility, there’s a very slim chance that the Navi 20 GPU will incorporate parts specifically for accelerating raytracing performance. The GCN 5 microarchitecture hasn’t got much room left for major chip-level modifications. That will only be possible with GCN’s successor, the so-called Arcturus microarchitecture.

    AMD’s Navi 10 graphics cards will most likely be 20-30% faster than present gen Polaris

    People have gone wild speculating the performance of the Navi lineup, however from the few leaked benchmarks and as per my sources in the industry, the GPUs won’t be significantly faster than AMD’s current RX 500 cards. Most of the extra performance will come from the die shrink, higher-clock and the faster (GDDR6) memory standard. Furthermore, the inclusion of certain DirectX12 specific techniques like adaptive shading should also make the Navi chips more appealing.

    Anyway, those are my two cents on AMD’s next-gen Navi GPU lineup. Be sure to leave your comments and suggestions below.

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    1. Written with illogical assumptions. Not surprised, After all it’s a mulla writer. Stick to topics of goats and camels .GPU Arch doesn’t suit your intellect.

      • The Navi 10 lineup hasn’t even been announced/teased. The arguments are extremely reasonable and plausible. I guess trolling is the only thing that suits your intellect.

    2. Navi 10 will be garbage and the new consoles based on it will be garbage. By the time they get here in another year or more you will be able to buy a $250 PC card that destroys them.

    3. These rantings in the comment section have almost NO validity. The Radeon VII was FAR from underwhelming. It is 1 place lower (out of 811) in benchmarking than the RTX 2080. The Radeon VII is made for production and editing (hence the 16GB HBM2) as well as the price tag. But if you want to game with it, it works great. It will never use all of its memory however. Regardless, it is STILL $76 cheaper than the RTX 2080. So why all the hate towards AMD?

      Simple. Fanboyism. The most intelligent minds are understanding, unbiased, reasonable and logical. A mind that only sees from one perspective is limited. Therefore it is dull to comprehension.

      Without AMD, Intel and nVidia would have dropped the ball AGES ago and vice versa. AMD’s 3600X (which is a WELL educated guess pertaining to specs and numbers for release spec info available) was benchmarked against the 9900K and won against it. It wasn’t even at it’s max potential. That will push Intel to engineer better procs.

      So what is so hard to believe about AMD having a GPU that already is capable of rivaling the 2080 ti? Is it so far fetched? Maybe to uneductaed folk. But those of us who understand computer science and evolution of technology have reason to believe this is going to happen.

      Next gen consoles with the AMD 3000 series paired with the new Navi GPU’s are going to ROCK!! Believe me or not. I was the ONLY person informing everyone that the new RTX 2080 ti would have a 35% gain in benchmarks over the 1080 ti when everyone was disagreeing. So I trust myself more than a bunch of Google-educated opinions.

      Also, there is mention in the comments that AMD’s new GPU’s have no ability to compete with RTX? Wow -_- Is anyone here reading info on the topics they are trying to argue? I don’t think so. AMD mentioned MONTHS AGO that they are incorporating a version of ray tracing supported in DX12’s new DXR. So….. This isn’t news to most of us.

      There!! All arguments squashed. To be honest, with all the GO INTEL and GO NVIDIA biased behavior, one might think none of you WANT progress. It takes competition to force progress. Shakes your heads. AMD is doing a great job, like it or not.

      I’m not a fanboy btw. I am rocking an i7 4790K @ 4.4GHz and an nVidia 1080 ti. I just want to see progression. We wouldn’t have the i9 9900K or the 1660 ti (for budget builds) if it weren’t for AMD pushing Intel so hard.

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