AMD To Launch Next Gen Navi GPU At E3 2019

When it comes to news about AMD’s upcoming 7nm Navi graphics cards, fans have received nothing but disappointment. But that may be about to change, because we may get to see the cards sooner than we thought.

As reported by TweakTown, AMD is expected to launch the highly anticipated Navi GPUs this year at E3. We already know that Lisa Su is delivering the opening key note for Computex and they already have the 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs slated to launch then. This means we’ll get to see AMD’s entire line-up of next-gen processors and graphics cards within the span of a month.

This year’s E3 is shaping up to be quite a storm, first with Sony confirming they won’t be present at the conference, and now AMD planning to launch their graphics cards at the same event. Considering that the next-gen consoles from both Microsoft and Sony are expected to run on upcoming AMD hardware, launching the Navi graphics cards at E3 actually sounds like a good idea.

Earlier, in February, AMD launched the world’s first 7nm graphics card, the Radeon VII. Based on 2nd gen Vega architecture, it comes with a whopping 16 GB of HBM2 memory. Fans had expected a more affordable version of the same with less memory, but we haven’t heard anything on that front either.

AMD has been competing with Intel quite well on the CPU front. But Intel is actively working on its own line-up of dedicated graphics cards to take on both NVIDIA and AMD. Over the past few months, Intel has bagged some key members from both teams to help them create their Xe graphics cards. Going forward, we can expect to see a lot more competition in the GPU segment.

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Source: TweakTown

HWINFO Adds Support For AMD Navi GPUs

Fans have been eagerly waiting for AMD’s Navi GPUs to show up for a while now, and it seems like the wait might finally be over. In a recent update, HWINFO has added preliminary support for Navi GPUs. Prior to any such release, support information is added to these tools for identification and testing purposes, which is good reason to believe that we might get to see the GPUs soon.

AMD Navi is the first GPU built by the company which isn’t based on the GCN architecture. The exact details and specs are still not known, but it’ exciting for fans as Navi is expected to finally give some hard competition to NVIDIA GPUs.

Based on recent reports and rumours, AMD is expected to reveal the GPUs at Computex in May, where Lisa Su will be giving the opening keynote. The company is also expected to reveal their upcoming line-up of Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 processors at the same event. Additionally, rumours suggest that AMD will be looking to focus on the mid-range and mainstream segment with a Navi 12 GPU, which will have 40 CUs. Later, we will see higher tier cards, aka Navi 10, which will be AMD’s flagship graphics card going forward, most probably competing with cards like the RTX 2080 and 2080Ti.

AMD recently launched the world’s 7nm GPU, the Radeon VII. A precursor to the Navi series, Radeon VII is based on 2nd gen Vega architecture, or Vega II if you will (clever, huh?). It features 16GB of HBM2 memory and a price tag of $699. Although the response to the card hasn’t been as exciting as we’d have liked it to be, it certainly shows that AMD is finally gearing up to show us something really big.

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AMD To Reveal Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Navi GPUs at Computex 2019

If Lisa Su’s CES keynote wasn’t enough to get your PC-enthusiast senses tingling, buckle up, because AMD’s CEO will be giving the opening keynote speech at Computex 2019, and boy does she have some great things in store. Here’s an excerpt from the official Computex page confirming her keynote:

“COMPUTEX, as one of the global leading technology tradeshows, has continued to advance with the times for more than 30 years. This year, for the first time, a keynote speech will be held at the pre-show international press conference,” said Mr. Walter Yeh, President & CEO, TAITRA, “Dr. Lisa Su received a special invitation to share insights about the next generation of high-performance computing. We look forward to her participation attracting more companies to participate in COMPUTEX, bringing the latest industry insights, and jointly sharing the infinite possibilities of the technology ecosystem on this global stage.”

AMD will be announcing the much anticipated 7nm Ryzen 3000 processors and Navi GPUs . Considering AMD’s current roadmap for these products where the Zen2 CPUs are slated for a launch later this year, Computex looks like the ideal time to reveal the products.

During the CES 2019 demo, Lisa Su showed off a 7nm Ryzen CPU going toe to toe with Intel’s i9-9900K. The unnamed Ryzen chip gained 17 points over the 9900K in Cinebench R15 while drawing 31% less power. Suffice it to say, fans have high expectations from team red. Going by the current leaks, here’s the speculated line-up:

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AMD Releases Radeon Adrenaline 19.4.1 Drivers To Fix Instability Issues

For those experiencing stability and hanging issues with their AMD GPUs, the company has released Radeon Adrenaline 19.4.1 drivers to fix these problems.

You can take a look at the patch notes below for more information:

AMD Radeon Adrenaline 19.4.1 Driver release notes

Fixed Issues

  • AMD Radeon VII and Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience system instability, or an intermittent system hang when three or more displays are connected and enabled at the same time.
  • World of Warcraft™ patch 8.1.5 or later may experience an intermittent crash or application hang when MSAA is enabled.
  • Mouse cursors may disappear or move out of the boundary of the top of a display on AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.
  • Radeon WattMan auto overclock may fail to raise engine clocks past default levels on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
  • Vari-Bright changes may fail to apply on some AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics system configurations.
  • World of Tanks™ may experience intermittent graphical corruption when game settings are set to minimum on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.

Known Issues

  • AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker in multi display setups on desktop or while applications are running.
  • Netflix™ Windows® Store application may experience display flicker during video playback on some HDR enabled displays.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • Performance metrics overlay may experience intermittent flicker when playing back protected content with this feature enabled.

To download the latest drivers, head on to AMD’s official website.

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AMD Navi 20 GPU May Be Faster Than RTX 2080 Ti, Will Support Ray Tracing (Rumour)

Fans have been waiting for AMD’s Navi GPUs to be revealed for a for while now, but we have seen nothing but more speculation on that front. Fortunately, we do have some juicy rumours to look forward to.

By now it’s no longer news that the Ray Tracing is possible on AMD cards, as we saw in the recent CRYENGINE demo. Rumours suggest that the high-end Navi 20 GPUs may actually end up having better ray tracing performance than their NVIDIA RTX counterparts. The only issue is, the mainstream Navi 10 GPUs are supposedly releasing later this year, and the Navi 20 GPUs are expected to release a year later. This gives NVIDIA plenty of time to bring their own graphics cards to 7nm and compete with the red team. For now, the green team seems to be in no hurry to do so as they believe they can achieve the same level of performance with their 12nm process.

Additionally, there are more rumours that say AMD will also bring features like Variable Rate Shading which we have already seen in the Turing cards. With NVIDIA’s current GPU line-up going strong with both the RTX and GTX cards, things are bound to get interesting when the red team reveals what it has up its sleeves.

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Does the Radeon VII Stand Up to The RTX 2080?

AMD’s new GPU, the Radeon VII has launched worldwide and is available in India for Rs 54,990(Unconfirmed).

This is the first card to use a 7nm chip and boasts 16GB of HBM2 memory but what really matters is how does this compare in performance to the likes of the GTX 1080 Ti and the RTX 2080.

Well, while the card itself is pretty powerful, it can match the performance of the RTX 2080 in a few games while falling short in others. While technologically this is a really cool GPU, it does not make sense to buy one from a consumers perspective.

AMD’s new Navi GPUs are rumoured to be announced soon which will bring a new generation of GPUs. Not to mention, the card is apparently already has restricted availabilty with reports suggetsting that the total production run would be of only 5,000 units.

The price is another factor that needs to be taken into consideration. Do you really want to get a card that performs just below the 1080 Ti most of the times, has limited availability and doesn’t even come with anything special besides the great memory on it? Its price in the USA is similar to the RTX 2080 with unconfirmed reports stating that it will cost Rs55k or Rs 68k in India. So is it really a good investing if it ocsts the same as an RTX 2080 but with less features?

It competes against the RTX 2080 but the Radeon VII card consumes more power, is louder and does not have any custom designed cards. This is currently AMD’s best card for gaming but it just feels lacklustre. And with cards like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti available on the second-hand market for cheap, it might make better sense to go for those as compared to this.

The card is also aimed at content creators and if you really want the best AMD GPU on the market and cannot wait a little bit more then this card is for you but honestly, it feels like a bridge between the previous gen of AMD GPUs and the upcoming Navi GPUs. If 1440p gaming is what you’re aiming for though, this will get the job done, especially with a High Refresh Rate Monitor that has Freesync.

Do you think the Radeon VII is worth it? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Sapphire tells us more about AMD’s Radeon VII

Sapphire Technologies, the name you see on several AMD cards has officially listed its version of AMD’s new flagship, Radeon VII. 

According to AMD, Radeon VII will compete with Nvidia’s RTX 2080, edging over it in several games. Unfortunately, there wasn’t all of the information at the CES, especially the one we were looking for. But with Sapphire’s listing, we know a lot more.

Currently, as the things turn out to be, it seems that AMD hasn’t given its partner enough time to work and come up with custom designs. So, it is likely that most designs would be similar to AMD’s reference card design if not the same. 

The new AMD card comes with a whopping 16 GB of HBM2 Memory.

Sapphire’s listing tells us that the new RTX 2080 competitor has 3,840 Steam processors and has a 1,800 MHz and 1,450 MHz clock speeds, boost and base clock respectively. These clock speeds are 50 MHz lower than AMD’s listing. 

The card will be powered by two 8-pin PCI-e cables, demanding a total of 300 W to run. Just for comparison, RTX 2080 draws just 215 W to run. The chipmaker recommends a minimum power supply of 650 W for average builts. However, if you want to overclock the card, we suggest that you buy a more powerful or a more efficient power supply to make sure that you have enough headroom. 

The AMD flagship will become available on 7 February, starting around the price of $699. 

With Radeon VII, you get the whole bundle.

Also, as a limited time offer, you get the whole ‘Raise the Game’ bundle, which includes Resident Evil 2 along with two upcoming titles, Tom Clancy’s The Division: II and Devil May Cry 5.

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