AMD Navi 2x: detailed list of specs, expected pricing and possible release dates for the entire GPU lineup get leaked
By now, we have a somewhat clear picture of what to expect from the AMD RDNA2-based Navi 2x GPUs that will be announced by the end of this month. Just recently we reported on the specs spotted in the Apple macoS 11 beta code, but those may turn out to be for the Radeon Pro versions that Apple includes with its workstation desktop computers. The Pro versions, as you might know, have slightly different specs with lower clocks and sometimes even different CU counts compared to the gaming GPU versions. The latest video from Moore’s Law Is Dead could provide a more accurate picture as far as the Navi 2x gaming GPUs are concerned.
To start things off, Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead first mentions the existence of a professional Navi 21 GPU similar to new Quadro RTX cards based on the Ampere chips. This one is supposed to get 80 CUs clocked at 2.05 - 2.2 GHz coupled with 256-bit 32 GB of VRAM and is apparently faster than the Nvidia Quadro cards equipped with the A5000 SKU. It may not, however, beat the A6000 cards, but it should at least be more energy efficient with a 250 W TGP. The professional card is expected to launch in Q1 2021 with a price range between US$1,999 - 2,999. Tom argues that this version could provide decent competition for the RTX 3090 since it’s already priced in the same ballpark.
The top-of-the-line Navi 21 gaming GPU is expected to get “only” 16 GB VRAM with a 256-bit bus, but the CU count should still be 80 and core clocks range between 2.15 - 2.3 GHz. This version should easily trade blows with the RTX 3080 from Nvidia, despite having a maximum TGP of 300 W and prices might turn out to be lower than US$699. There may also be a cut-down version of the Navi 21 with a maximum of 72 CUs clocked at 2.3 GHz and coupled with 8 or 16 GB of VRAM, plus 250 W TGP. This one is expected to cost $500-600 and maybe perform better than the RTX 3070.
For those that are not convinced that a 256-bit bus is enough for the flagship GPUs, Tom points out that AMD is probably adding more on-die cache memory to balance things out, just like on the custom GPUs that will power the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
Next up is the Navi 22 version, but we are already getting into unconfirmed territory. Tom believes this is a 40 CU GPU clocked at a maximum of 2.5 GHz, with 12 GB VRAM and 192-bit bus, plus a 200 W maximum TGP. Expected to be faster than the RTX 2080 Super, this GPU could end up priced between US$379-449. A cut-down Navi 22 version with 6-10-12 GB of VRAM and a maximum of 36 CUs could also be in the books, but this one would cost $299-379 and match the performance of the RTX 2070.
As for the lower-end Navi 23 specs, Tom predicts that we could get a 24-32 CU GPU coupled with 128-bit 8 GB VRAM that performs close to an RX 5700 XT. This 150 W GPU may end up costing $279 max.
When it comes to release schedules, things are not that clear anymore. We already know that the Navi 21 flagships should be released in mid-November, but beyond that, nothing is certain. The cut-down Navi 21 could launch in December, while the Navi 22 versions may land in Q1 2021, and the Navi 23 may not arrive before Q2/Q3 next year.
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