New details on the upcoming AMD Navi gaming GPUs emerge
AMD just updated its mid-range gaming lineup with the Polaris 30 GPUs (aka the Radeon RX 590 series), and, according to preliminary tests, the red team might have a decently priced competitor for Nvidia’s GTX 1060 (6GB). Still, these are just 12 nm refreshes of the previous RX 500 series, so performance boosts are limited to around 15% at most. The real step forward will be made with the 7 nm Navi chips that are supposed to be released some time in 2019 according to the latest rumors.
Sources close to WCCFTech inform that AMD is planning to release the Navi 12 GPUs at some point in H1 2019 and these will be the mid-range successors for the current RX 590 GPUs. The new chips will use a new architecture unlike the GCN one that is still used in Polaris 30 and Vega 56/64. Additionally, the Navi 12 should integrate 40 compute units that amount to 2560 stream processors. AMD is also readying the Navi 10 and Navi 20 high-end GPUs, but those are supposed to be launched in late 2019. WCCFTech also claims that the Navi 12 GPU will not be powering the upcoming PS5, so Sony will most likely use a customized GPU based on the Navi architecture.
The 7 nm+ Arcturus chips revealed a few months ago are also said to be based on the Navi architecture and would probably hit the market in 2020 at the soonest.