AMD vs Nvidia competition heating up.
In the past few days there has been some good news and some bad news in the technology and gaming industry. The fierce competition between NVIDIA and AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU’s are creating some great products for the consumer. Rumors about next gen Ampere RTX 3080 GPU’s are stirring up the internet with excitement. Finally, the delay of Cyberpunk 2077 has caused sadness in all of us.
Finally a company that would delay than publish a bad game.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be a massive game and CD Project Red have stated they want the game to be their crowning achievement. It was previously set to release on April 16th 2020, and previous teasers had all gamers excited to play the game.
The Witcher 3 also had a delay but with CD Project Red’s record it delivered an amazing product. Even though it is releasing so late in the year, Cyberpunk 2077 will hold its own.
Nvidia Ampere rumours stirring up the internet.
Nvidia’s next generation video cards codenamed Ampere has had some rumors of possibly launching around GTC 2020. GTC 2020 will be held on March 22nd 2020, which is only a few months away.
According to rumors, the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 will be using the 7nm manufacturing process from Samsung. This generation of GPU’s are expected to have excellent power efficiency and performance over previous generations.
The dies themselves are codenamed GA103 and GA104 for the RTX 3080 and 3070 respectively. The leaks suggest the GA103 die could have 60 Streaming Multiprocessors and the GA104 die could have 48 SMs.
The GeForce RTX 3070 is expected to have 3072 Cuda Cores and 3840 Cuda Cores on the RTX 3080. The current RTX 2080 Super has 3072 Cuda Cores, so it appears that Nvidia may just rebrand the RTX 2080 to the RTX 3070. Until all specs are confirmed, take the rumors with a grain of salt as there is still time for Nvidia to change its product.
AMD releases RX 5600 XT to combat the $300 price point
Nvidia’s Ampere cards are likely in response to AMD’s ‘Big Navi” set to be launching later in 2020 with Zen 3. AMD releases RX 5600 XT on January 21 at $280 which was meant to compete against Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super offering. In response Nvidia reduced the price for the RTX 2060 Super to $300 creating a mess for the price point. This gives consumers great options because of competition however, it also makes the GTX 1660 Ti irrelevant.
The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT updated specs were released at the last minute because of the RTX 2060’s price drop. AMD pushed out last minute BIOS updates after reviewer versions of the cards had already been sent out and batches of the cards that already came to retail stores. Some cards may have the old BIOS and will need to be updated for the newer specs.
AMD “Big Navi” coming for Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti
AMD is also preparing an Nvidia killer GPU using Big Navi. Rumors and leaks have stated that with RDNA2 architecture, Big Navi will have the capability for hardware-based real-time ray tracing like the Nvidia RTX series of cards.
The current information we have is that Big Navi has 80 compute units, 5120 stream processors, and up to 17.5 TFLOPs of compute performance. The RX 5700 XT has 40 compute units but it may not translate 1:1 in performance and at 225W, AMD will be pushing the boundaries of heat and performance.
With the RTX 3000 series release potentially around Q2 2020, AMD will have to put their production in high gear.
As of right now leaks are only suggesting that Big Navi will be able to compete or even beat RTX 2080 Ti performance but the RTX 3080 will have the same or even better performance than the RTX 2080 Ti. Until we are able to confirm the performance, we just have to sit back and wait for official release for these cards.
If you’re looking to build a Gaming PC, 2020 might be your year
This year the competition is fierce between Intel and AMD for the consumer CPU market. Intel has cut prices to compete with the Zen 2 processors and AMD seems to be chipping away at Intel very slowly. Nvidia is also finding itself in the same position as Intel. If AMD keeps its momentum, the consumers will enjoy the benefits of the competition.
GTC 2020, Computex 2020, and E3 2020 are just around the corner, so more rumors and leaks are sure to come. Some may be relevant and some may have information from speculation, so take all the information with a grain of salt. Until we can confirm everything, we just have to wait for official releases.