After reports that Nvidia’s new GPU generation “Hopper” is said to be far advanced in design, similar details are now following on AMD’s upcoming graphics cards. There are also rumors about power requirements and performance showing AMD in a very strong positi on (via Wccftech
Which graphics cards are you talking about? The messages relate to AMD’s RDNA3 chips, i.e. the successor to the current RDNA2 architecture (Radeon RX 6000 or Navi 2X). The fastest chip in the form of Navi 31 should soon reach the final design phase, the slower variants Navi 32 and Navi 33 will follow by early 2022 at the latest.
According to rumors, AMD relies on a revolutionary chiplet design, at least in the case of Navi 31 and 32, in which several chips are combined with one another instead of a single GPU. The same is expected for Nvidia’s hopper cards in the professional segment. It is still questionable whether such a design will also be used in the new Geforce models under the code name »Lovelace«.
With the current models of both manufacturers, the situation remains tense, especially with regard to the price, also due to scalpers and bots. In this article, you can find out how a large US retailer recently fought against it:
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Radeon RX 7000: performance and efficiency
The performance of the new Radeon models should be up to three times as high as the current RDNA2 cards. If the rumors are true, AMD achieves this mainly through these two aspects:
- significantly more computing units (up to 15,360 instead of 5,120 as in the case of the RX 6900 XT)
- significantly larger Infinity Cache (512 MB instead of 128 MB)
There is no information on the amount of memory and clock rates, but they are already at a very high level in the RX-6000 series and are unlikely to increase any further.
RX 7000 versus RTX 4000: Compared to Nvidia Lovelace, Wccftech sees AMD at an advantage, both in terms of performance and energy efficiency.
Nvidia is expected to grow significantly, as is the case with a new generation of GPUs, but not quite as strong (and efficient) as AMD. The decisive advantages here could come from the chiplet design, if Nvidia really doesn’t use this approach with Lovelace.
A great stranger
Not unimportant is the restriction that the information relates to the performance in classic rasterization. However, the rumors do not address how well RDNA3 will be positioned in terms of ray tracing.
In our experience, the current RX-6000 models usually do significantly worse than Nvidia’s Geforce RTX cards in this regard, as our following test of the RTX 3070 Ti shows, among other things. At the same time, rasterization still plays a central role in games.
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As always with rumors, in this case too, nothing has been confirmed and the information should therefore be treated with caution. At the same time, it will probably take at least until the end of 2022 before the matching graphics cards appear, both in the case of AMD and Nvidia.
How do you rate the rumors? Realistic future scenario, absolute wishful thinking or something in between? Feel free to write it in the comments!