AMD and Nvidia are all set to release their next-generation graphics cards for PC. We know that we are going to get new graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia before the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X but why have we not heard anything about the GPU launch window?
AMD And Nvidia GPU Launch Schedules Kept Secret
DigiTimes has done a whole piece on how Intel and AMD faring against one another. The site also mentioned that AMD is going to release the 3900XT, 3800XT, 3600XT And Renoir APUs in July. The site also talked about why Nvidia and AMD have not revealed the GPU launch window.
The report claims that according to motherboard manufacturers AMD and Intel kept changing desktop roadmaps and launch schedules for 2020 because of competitive reasons and the recent pandemic.
The report claims that Nvidia and AMD have been keeping next-generation GPU launch schedules secret in order to avert pricing manipulations by their opponents. This is something that we have already seen in the past, so it makes sense that both companies are trying to play things safe this time around and keeping things close to the chest.`
Nvidia has already released the A100 GPU for AI and HPC applications. The consumer graphics cards are supposed to launch in August. The report claims that AMD is going to wait for Nvidia to play its hand before launching their own Big Navi graphics cards. Big Navi graphics cards are expected to launch in Q4 2020, which is aligned with the release windows for Xbox Series X and PS5.
We have already seen a design of the potential RTX 3080. The design is pretty odd but multiple leaks have confirmed it and it might as well be the final version unless it is some kind of really expensive limited edition or prototype that we do not know of right now.
The RTX 3080 is expected to have the following specifications:
- 10/20GB GDDR6
- 320-bit memory interface
- 60 SMs
- 3480 CUDA cores
The little brother, RTX 3070 is supposed to have the following specifications:
- 8/16GB GDDR6
- 256-bit memory interface
- 48 SMs
- 3072 CUDA cores
AMD’s Big Navi is supposed to be powered by RDNA2 which is the same graphics architecture that powers the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. So that should be very interesting to see in the PC space.
Let us know what you think about AMD and Nvidia keeping GPU launch a secret and whether or not you think this is the same case as Xbox Series X and PS5 pricing being kept a secret.