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AMD Big Navi: ‘Nvidia killer’ graphics card could arrive soon

AMD is almost guaranteed to launch its Big Navi graphics card this year, which will reportedly feature a 4K performance and hardware-level ray tracing support in order to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti.

Fans have nicknamed the rumoured graphics card ‘Big Navi’ as it will essentially be a scaled up and more powerful version of its current RX 5000 Series range of graphics cards.

With AMD set to unveil its RDNA 2.0 architecture soon too, which is likely to support ray tracing, there’s a good chance it could feature on the upcoming ‘Big Navi’ card so it can compete seriously with Nvidia’s RTX cards.

While ‘Big Navi’ hasn’t officially been confirmed by AMD, Dr Lisa Su (AMD’s CEO) did say, “You should expect that we will have a high-end Navi” during a Q&A at CES 2020 with Gordon Ung of PC World.

An EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) registration has also listed the name ‘Radeon RX 5950 XT’, which has a very good chance of being the official title of the mystery Big Navi card. 

Other potential AMD graphics cards listed by EEC include the Radeon RX 5950, Radeon RX 5900 and the Radeon RX 5800. It would be wise to take these listings with a pinch of salt, as they don’t guarantee their release. That said, these are exactly the GPUs AMD needs to compete with the upcoming Nvidia Ampere GPUs. 

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AMD Big Navi release date – When will AMD’s GPU launch?

The Big Navi graphics card has no official release date. Reports suggest it could arrive very soon though, after a new mystery GPU appeared in the Radio Research Agency database. 

PCGamesN spotted evidence for the new database entry after RRA Twitter Bot (via @Komachi) posted the date of certification (2020-02-03) and mystery model number (D30201) that isn’t attached to any current graphics card.

If this is in fact Big Navi, then a release could be imminent, with graphics cards typically launching a month after certification. This lines up nicely with the rumours suggesting the Radeon RX 5950 XT will be unveiled on 5th March, which is AMD’s Financial Analyst Day.

AMD Big Navi price – How much will AMD’s GPU cost?

There’s currently no price information available for the Big Navi graphics card, but we assume it will be expensive, given it’s touted as a rival to the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti which costs an astronomical £1149. AMD has a history of giving its products more attractive prices, so hopefully that turns out to be the case. 

Related: Nvidia Ampere 

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AMD Big Navi specs

The Radeon RX 5950 XT is rumoured to use RDNA 2 architecture. This will supposedly enable hardware-level ray tracing support like Nvidia’s RTX cards. 

It’s no surprise to see AMD graphics cards finally supporting ray tracing, since the PS5 and Xbox X Series (both featuring AMD GPUs) support the realistic light-rendering technology. 

Sadly, there’s currently no further information regarding specs.

Related: Ray tracing explained

AMD Big Navi performance

There’s little information regarding the performance. That said, a mystery graphics card (reported by Videocardz) registered as ‘AMD Radeon(TM) Graphics’ recently posted a score in the OpenVR benchmark, with many speculating it could be the RX 5950 XT.

The unidentified graphics card saw a result 17% more powerful than what the Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti achieved. Considering the latter is the most powerful consumer graphics card available, the potential of a new GPU with an even better performance is very exciting indeed. 

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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