Today, we have a new piece of information that not only talks about the pricing of the upcoming AMD Big Navi GPU but also gives us a very real idea about what performance we can expect out of the Radeon RX 6000-series cards.
The story originally comes from a tweet by @coreteks who apparently spoke with an AMD board partner on the next-generation graphics cards. Of course, the source is anonymous so the details are not guaranteed to be true but they definitely make sense.
According to @coreteks, AMD had originally planned to release a 16GB model of Big Navi at $599. The initial tweet also mentions an 8GB variant priced at $499, but @coreteks later said that he got things mixed up with his source and that there isn’t an 8GB model.
The source claims AMD wanted to charge $599 for its Radeon RX series part with 16GB of memory, but after Nvidia announced Ampere GPUs, AMD is cutting that back by $50.
So what does this mean?
Well, for one it certainly means AMD likely doesn’t have anything to compete with the GeForce RTX 3090, which is definitely a bummer. But of course, the RTX 3080 is ultimately the Nvidia flagship GPU.
As far as the RTX 3080 goes, this could mean one of the two things: either Big Navi can’t compete with the 3080 but AMD is seriously undercutting the price, or it fits somewhere between the RTX 3070 and 3080.
I am not sure about the performance, but given the RTX 3070 is a bit faster than the 2080 Ti, the Big Navi will likely be in that range.
Of course AMD could surprise us all, but either way, Nvidia clearly surprised AMD. Having to cut the price beforehand must suck but that’s likely why AMD waited to begin with.
Moving back to the tweet, @coreteks further reveals that board partners are receiving the Big Navi GPU this month so a release in October seems plausible.
Lastly, in the follow-up tweet, the source apparently confirms that AMD does not have plans for an HBM version.
At the end of the day, it does suck that AMD may not be competing in the absolute high-end segment, but it seems that they do have something powerful coming.
Are you planning to hold out for the AMD Big Navi? Or, are you ultimately planning to pick up one of Nvidia’s newest Ampere cards? Let us know down in the comments below.