AMD Navi 2X has been confirmed as the next-generation of Radeon graphics cards, and will be capable of ray tracing and resolutions up to 4K.
AMD revealed all of these details during its Financial Analyst Day presentation, while confirming it will feature the upcoming RDNA 2 architecture that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are also utilising.
A Wccftech source suggests the Navi 2X graphics cards will officially launch during October 2020, with an August/September reveal mooted, which coincidentally coincides with Gamescom and the postponed Computex.
For more information on AMD Navi 2X graphics cards, keep on scrolling down.
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AMD Navi 2X release date – When will AMD’s next gen GPU launch?
AMD has confirmed its next generation graphics cards will launch “at the end of the year”.
A Wccftech source claims we will see an official launch during October, curiously coinciding with the release of AMD’s Zen 3 based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors.
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AMD Navi 2X price – How much will AMD’s GPU cost?
AMD provided no pricing details for its Navi 2X graphics cards, which comes as no surprise as we’re still several months away from a release and AMD will likely want to find out the price of the Nvidia Ampere graphics cards first.
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AMD Navi 2X performance
AMD finally confirmed its next generation graphics cards will support both variable rate shading and hardware-based ray tracing, which are the two headline features of Nvidia’s current RTX graphics cards.
With the PS5 and Xbox Series X both supporting the same RDNA 2 architecture as Navi 2X, AMD suggested it will encourage developers to enable the technology and therefore see the number of supported games increase substantially.
AMD also confirmed its Navi 2X graphics cards will be powerful enough for 4K gaming, something that AMD’s current crop of cards aren’t really capable of.
RDNA 2 is also said to boast a 50% performance-per-watt improvement compared to the current RDNA architecture, so we should see significant performance increase.
While that was as far as AMD offered in terms of performance, multiple leaks and rumours have suggested there could be a Navi 2X graphics card even more powerful than Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti.
A mystery graphics card (reported by Videocardz) registered as ‘AMD Radeon(TM) Graphics’ posted a score in the OpenVR benchmark, which saw a result 17% more powerful than what the Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti achieved.
Of course, there’s every chance this score has somehow been faked. There’s even a possibility a Nvidia graphics card posted the benchmark result, despite the ‘’AMD Radeon(TM) Graphics’ title. Either way, it’s best to remain sceptical of the result at this early stage.
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AMD Navi 2X specs
AMD revealed no specs for its Navi 2X graphics cards, although did confirm it will feature RDNA 2 architecture which will support variable rate shading and hardware-based ray tracing.
Twitter user CyberPunkCat had suggested the unannounced Radeon RX 5950 XT could feature 5120 shading units, 24GB HBM2e vRAM and a 2048 GB/s memory bandwidth, although this was later quashed by memory manufacturer SK Hynix which was the source of the leak.
When we do hear more information regarding the specs of Big Navi graphics cards, we’ll be sure to update this section.
AMD Navi 2X design
While it’s far too early to see exactly what AMD’s next-gen graphics cards look like, AMD has confirmed on Reddit that there will be no blower reference fans. This news comes after a Reddit user spotted the use of an axial-fan cooling solution on a Financial Analyst Day presentation slide.
Nvidia has been using this cooling system with its RTX graphics cards, resulting in improved efficiency and quieter fans. With a seemingly dual-fan setup, it’s likely the upcoming AMD graphics cards will end up looking very similar in design to Nvidia’s offering, which is no bad thing.