AMD Navi release date, news and rumors

AMD Navi

After releasing the AMD Radeon VII earlier this year, Team Red finally dropped its AMD Navi graphics cards shortly after their reveal. And so far, things are promising. 

THE VERDICTS ARE IN

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT | 4.5 stars | Excellent 1440p gaming, Plenty of forward-looking features, Affordable | No ray tracing, Blower-style cooler

AMD Radeon RX 5700 | 4.5 stars | Excellent performance, Plenty of software features, Affordable | Blower-style cooler, No ray tracing

Based on our very positive reviews of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, it’s looking like these GPUs were crafted to take the PC components world – not to mention, the best gaming PCs – by storm. AMD first showcased these two cards at E3 2019 as mid-range GPUs designed to compete with Nvidia's highly popular Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060, revealing their specs and how they measure up against their rivals.

Alongside the AMD Navi updates, AMD also announced their new game-developer toolkit, Fidelity FX, which is officially available for free as of June 10. Fidelity FX enables game developers get more detail and crispness in low contrast textures, allowing them to fully take advantage of what these AMD Navi cards are capable of.

Be sure to keep this page bookmarked, and we’ll keep it updated with all the latest AMD Navi information that surfaces.

Cut to the Chase

  • What is it? AMD's next-generation 7nm GPU architecture
  • When is it out? Out since July 7, 2019
  • What will it cost? Pricing remains yet to be confirmed

AMD Navi release date

Both the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT hit the streets on July 7, alongside the Ryzen 3rd generation processors. These cards are now available at the AMD store, and each comes with an 3-month subscription Xbox Game Pass for PC free with purchase.

As for Navi 20, the rumored lineup for 2020, it's still anyone's guess. However, we do know that the Xbox Project Scarlett, powered by Navi, will be out Holiday 2020, so we could see the more powerful Navi chips out by then.

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AMD Navi price

At Computex 2019, AMD took the stage and showed an unnamed Radeon RX 5000 graphics card going head to head against an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 in Strange Brigade, where it performed about 10% faster. It turns out, that was the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT.

But, with E3 2019, AMD proved it’s still king when it comes to components for the masses. AMD revealed its two new graphics cards to be considerably cheaper than their rivals. 

The Radeon 5700 is currently priced at $349 (about £TK, AU$TK), touting a price tag that’s $50 cheaper than the RTX 2060 when it was released in January 2019. The Radeon 5700 XT, on the other hand, has a price tag of $399 (about £TK, AU$TK). And, that’s with offering comparable performance at 1440p to the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super at Ultra settings.

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AMD Navi specs

Right off the bat, we know that AMD Navi is based on the new 7nm RDNA graphics architecture, making it the first mainstream AMD graphics card to break away from the aging GCN architecture.

At Computex 2019, AMD stated that we’re going to see 1.25X faster performance per clock and 1.5X performance per watt over GCN. This not only means better performance in the best PC games, but also better power efficiency. Plus, AMD Navi is using faster GDDR6 memory, compared to the GDDR5 in the Radeon RX 500 series. 

In addition, the lower-end AMD Radeon RX 5700 features 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors and a boost clock of 1,725 MHz, not to mention 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 VRAM on a 256-bit bus, with 65 render output units (ROPs) and 256 texture units.

The mid-range AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, on the other hand, boasts 40 compute units, with 2,560 stream processors and a boost clock of 1,905MHz. This GPU also has 8GB of GDDR6 video memory (VRAM), 14Gbps GDDR6 VRAM, 64 ROPs and 256 texture units.

But while that’s all good on paper, but what about the actual real-world performance? Well, AMD showed the Radeon RX 5700 XT in a demo against the RTX 2070, where it bested Nvidia's mid-range card in World War Z by about 10% at 1440p on Ultra. The Radeon RX 5700, on the other hand, fared better against the RTX 2060 by 21% in Battlefield V and by 9% in The Division 2, also at 1440p on Ultra. Plus, we tested both cards a few days before they were released, and they definitely offer a premium 1440p gaming experience.

Rather than taking on the RTX 2080 Ti at the high end however, it looks like AMD is comfortable inhabiting the mid-range where it has traditionally excelled. That is, until the PS5 launches. Back in April, Sony Lead System Architect Mark Cerny revealed that the PS5 would be using a custom AMD Navi GPU, and that it would be capable of some pretty impressive things. 

For instance, the PS5 will likely support ray tracing, along with 8K resolutions. We think that’s a little pie-in-the-sky, and we’d take it with a grain of salt. But, AMD Navi could theoretically mark a true generational shift when the next generation of consoles hits the streets.

AMD Navi GPUs will also be behind Project Scarlett – the next Xbox. We don't know the exact specs, but Microsoft made a point to talk up its capabilities, mentioning things like "real time ray tracing", 8K capabilities and up to 120 fps gameplay.

Beyond that, we have heard rumors about another generation of Navi graphics cards on the high-end hitting the streets in 2020. These high end graphics cards are rumored to be code-named Navi 20, and should feature improved performance that takes on Nvidia’s flagship. We could see AMD graphics cards capable of 2020 in the future if these rumors are to be believed.

Until then, keep this page bookmarked for all the latest news, rumors and speculation.

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