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First alleged AMD RDNA2 Navi 2x engineering sample spotted in the wild

The alleged RDNA2 engineering sample appears to feature the mid-range Navi 22 GPU. (Image Source: Igorslab.de)
The alleged RDNA2 engineering sample appears to feature the mid-range Navi 22 GPU. (Image Source: Igorslab.de)
The leaker is suggesting that this could be the Navi 21 flagship GPU, but, judging by the memory configuration and the thickness of the radiator, this may actually turn out to be the Navi 22 mid-range solution that is supposed to compete with Nvidia's RTX 3070 models.
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AMD finally announced a launch date for the RDNA2 Navi 2x GPUs with yesterday’s teasers, and it looks like some engineering sample cards are already being tested in China. One of the Bilibili forum users provided a few pictures of an alleged RDNA2 test board, alluding that it could be the “Big Navi” GPU.

The pictures only show the back of the board, which has a bunch of stickers along with dip switches and various voltage measurement points, plus LED load indicators on the far right. There is no cooler shroud and the card appears to have a CPU cooler attached to the GPU. Also, the thickness of the radiator suggests that this is the Navi 22 mid-range model, not the Navi 21 flagship.

Additional proof that this could be the mid-range GPU is provided by the sticker that reads “Typical Samsung 16 Gb” (2 GB per VRAM module) and the info coming from the original poster stating that the card has a 3+3+2 VRAM module configuration, which would suggest that the VRAM bandwidth is limited to 256-bit. There is an additional sticker reading “Full Secure Typical XT A0 ASIC” that is usually placed on pre-production gaming card samples with safe voltage limits in order to differentiate them from professional GPUs.

If the mid-range Navi 22 card already comes equipped with 16 GB of VRAM, we can assume that the Navi 21 flagship will feature more than 20 GB, just like Nvidia's RTX 3090. Between now and October 28, I am sure we will be seeing more engineering samples that will reveal more specs and, hopefully, some performance metrics, especially for the Navi 21 flagship GPUs.

(Image Source: Bilibili)
(Image Source: Bilibili)
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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1637 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-09-10 (Update: 2020-09-10)