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AMD "Big Navi" launching before consoles

by on04 June 2020

Will be a "halo product"

AMD has confirmed that its upcoming Navi 2, also known as Big Navi, will both be AMD's first RNDA 2 based product as well as launch before consoles, suggesting a pre-Holiday release.

When speaking at the Bank of America 2020 Securities Global Technology Conference, Devinder Kumar, AMD's Chief Financial Officer, confirmed that Navi 2, will be the first RDNA 2 based product from the company this year, calling it a halo product.

Kumar added that "enthusiasts love to buy the best, and we are certainly working on giving them the best", which raises expectations for AMD's upcoming high-end Big Navi graphics card.

He also added that the RDNA 2 architecture will cover the entire stack, which means we can expect AMD to cover consoles, and APUs, as well as entry-level, mainstream, and high-end discreet graphics card market.

A big part of the story is the fact that AMD expects Big Navi to launch before consoles, and since we know that both next-gen consoles are scheduled for Holiday 2020 release, so first RDNA 2-based PC graphics cards might come in November this year.

Hopefully, AMD's RDNA 2 architecture will live up to these expectations but Nvidia is obviously not sitting idly, and we expect a full stack of new RTX cards to come from the green team as well.

"You know, one of the things on the gaming side is there's a lot of excitement for NaVi 2 or what our fans have dubbed as the Big Navi. This will be our first RDNA 2 base product. Big NaVi is a halo product, enthusiasts love to buy the best, and we are certainly working on giving them the best.

With the RDNA 2 architecture goes through the entire stack, it will go from mainstream GPUs all the way up to the enthusiasts and then the architecture also goes into the game console products, which I'm sure we'll talk about in a few minutes, as well as our integrated APU products. You know, this allows us to leverage the larger ecosystem, accelerate the development of exciting features like retracing and more. And then as far as the data center is concerned, on the GPU side, CDNA is our data center optimized architecture, which we talked about a little bit at our financial Analysts Day. There are some gaming features that are not needed in compute. And then there are some compute features that are not needed in gaming."

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