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High-end AMD Navi GPUs appear in new trademark filing

Are you in the mood for new Navi GPUs? (Image source: AMD via PCGamesN)
Are you in the mood for new Navi GPUs? (Image source: AMD via PCGamesN)
Excited by the prospect of a high-end Navi GPU or two? Well, AMD's partners are seemingly prepping themselves for some new product releases too, with one filing trademarks for four unreleased Navi SKUs at the EEC. We discuss whether this new finding means anything or not, as the case may be.

Big Navi is hotting up. First, AMD confirmed that it plans to release high-end Navi GPUs, and then a supposed NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti-beater engineering sample appeared online. Now, an AMD and NVIDIA add-in board partner (AIB) has trademarked multiple Navi SKUs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), including some unreleased ones.

The four of interest are the RX 5950 XT, RX 5950, RX 5900 and RX 5800 XT, which have been speculated to feature 72-80 Compute Units (CU), 60-64 CU, 56 CU and 48 CU respectively. However, these claims seem purely speculative for the time being. Filed by AFOX, a relatively unknown AIB, the list looks remarkably like the one that Sapphire filed last June.

On the one hand, these AIBs will know more about AMD's plans than is already public record, so AFOX may have been informed about the impending arrival of the RX 5900 and RX 5800 series. On the other hand, these listings may be nothing more than speculative trademarks. Sapphire, for instance, has not started selling RX 5650 series GPUs, as they do not exist. In short, an EEC trademark filing does not mean that something will come to market. AFOX does not currently sell any new Radeon RX cards, either.

In short, we do not believe that this filing indicates that the RX 5950 XT, RX 5950, RX 5900 or RX 5800 XT are on the horizon. All we know at this stage is that AMD plans to release a flagship Navi GPU in 2020. This does not necessarily mean that it will be an RX 5xxx card, though.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-15 (Update: 2020-01-15)