Mark it on your calendar: New rumored launch date for AMD's 7 nm Navi GPUs
There’s no doubt there is a lot of excitement about the upcoming Navi GPUs from AMD. Nvidia has been streaking ahead lately in terms of graphics card releases and market share. It’s time the red team showed off some goods. There have been numerous reports about the launch time-frame for Navi, with both July and October being mentioned. However, a reasonable argument for an August release has now been given.
Wccftech has made a claim for an August launch based on a source telling the site that Navi will be coming over a month after the 3000-series of desktop processors has launched. A recent roadmap published by AMD specified a “mid-year” launch for the 3rd Gen Ryzen chips, and Computex 2019 (May 28 to June 1) has been suggested as the ideal place for AMD to do this. It has been reasoned that the perfect time for the red team to unleash Navi would be at Gamescom 2019, which runs from August 20 to August 24.
Apart from the timing, there is another good reason for AMD to reveal the Navi series of GPUs to the world at Gamescom. Nvidia officially announced its RTX 20-series of graphics cards at Gamescom 2018, basically stealing the thunder from any other manufacturer for miles around. It would be somewhat poetic for AMD to bask in similar glory with the rumored Navi 16, Navi 12, Navi 10, and Navi 9 GPUs. Success for the range will likely hinge on the price-performance ratios in comparison with the Turing-based RTX cards from the green team.