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The high-end Navi GPU AMD is providing for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett consoles may have just been sighted

AMD introduced RDNA (Radeon DNA) microarchitecture in July 2019. (Image source: AMD)
AMD introduced RDNA (Radeon DNA) microarchitecture in July 2019. (Image source: AMD)
A noteworthy piece of detective work may have resulted in the discovery of AMD’s “Big Navi” GPUs. This has led to wide speculation that there is a possibility this could be the much-talked about custom chip that will eventually be found in the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett consoles. Could the “Nvidia Killer” finally be coming?

There has been some wait for AMD fans while the red team has been thoroughly occupied with attacking the entry-level and midrange video-card markets with its Navi series of GPUs. However, the high end of the market is still heavily lopsided in Nvidia’s favor, with nothing from AMD really able to thoroughly challenge the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and its ilk. But some fine data-scouring by Wccftech has ended with an intriguing spot in files posted by South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (RRA) that could end up with the green team being challenged for high-end graphics card supremacy in 2020.

A filing from ATI Technologies (AMD Radeon) has been made for a video card with the base model code ATI-102-D18802. The prefix “D18” was used with “small Navi”, and the Wccftech article continues with the suggestion that the “802” part of the code signifies a much more powerful SKU, as the small Navi codes were D18202, D18205, D18206, D18207, and D18208. The latest RRA listing mentions D18802, D18803, and D18805.

Of course, this is a lot of speculation and presumption; the certification is not definitive proof that AMD is prepping the RDNA 2.0-based “Big” Navi for use in the PS5 or Xbox Project Scarlett. However, hardware-based ray tracing is expected to feature in future red-team GPUs, especially if they want to fulfill their calling of being “Nvidia Killers”. We already know the PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett will boast of ray-tracing capabilities, so it’s easy to follow the logic running here.

If this is a genuine spot of the PS5/Xbox Project Scarlett/Navi Killer GPU then it offers a bit of a timeline for the high-end series before it might hit the shelves. Wccftech goes with three to six months, with the latter period being more likely. The next-generation consoles are slated for release in Holiday 2020, so the timing fits in nicely here. It seems AMD is getting the second-generation RDNA Navi chips ready to shake things up at the top end of the graphics card market.

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RRA certification. (Image source: RRA)
RRA certification. (Image source: RRA)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-10-30 (Update: 2019-10-30)