In search of to derail the roaring hype prepare for Nvidia’s imminent GeForce RTX 3080 launch, AMD teased the reference design for its personal upcoming Radeon RX 6000-series “Huge Navi” graphics playing cards on Monday, and it appears like nothing AMD has ever launched earlier than.
AMD has caught lots of flack for the design of its terrible reference coolers through the years, and properly, it’s deserved. Former flagships just like the Radeon R9 290X and Radeon RX Vega 64 screamed and howled beneath AMD’s blower-style reference coolers, solely to show way more succesful when paired with customized coolers providing higher airflow. AMD’s designs at all times supplied a worse expertise than the blower-style coolers on GeForce reference playing cards. The track (or the shrieking) remained the identical with the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT. Positive, these reference playing cards supplied an enormous quality-of-life enchancment over Vega, however customized Radeon RX 5700 fashions with axial coolers fared much better.
Now AMD’s swiping a web page from its companions—and its rivals. Nvidia moved to a dual-axial design for its older GeForce RTX 20-series graphics playing cards, and now Radeon is doing the identical, however one higher. The Radeon RX 6000-series cooler teased on Twitter packs not one, not two, however three axial followers in its shroud, together with a way more aggressive-looking design and a pair of 8-pin energy connectors. AMD’s companions gained’t have as a lot room to enhance on Radeon’s inventory shortcomings.
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Nvidia, conversely, simply launched a novel “flow-through” cooler with impartial push-pull followers in its $700 GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Version, which hits the streets this Thursday. It nonetheless solely has two followers in comparison with AMD’s three, although, so AMD’s already earned itself a win on the spec sheet.
Past the cooler, AMD hasn’t revealed many formal particulars in regards to the Radeon RX 6000-series, which will probably be formally launched in “Huge Navi’s” announcement on October 28. These graphics playing cards will probably be constructed utilizing AMD’s “RDNA 2” GPU structure, bringing a claimed 50-percent enchancment in efficiency per watt over the first-gen Navi chips, in addition to real-time ray tracing and different new options. Splitting off knowledge middle choices into their very own “CDNA” structure might give AMD room to stuff Radeon RDNA GPUs filled with gamer-centric goodies, so keep tuned for more information as time goes on.