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AMD RX 6000 sequence refresh with 18 Gbps reminiscence rumored for late April launch

Briefly: With Intel’s Alchemist GPUs on the best way and Nvidia’s Ampere lineup promoting like hotcakes, AMD’s RDNA 3 can not come quickly sufficient. The corporate is rumored to be prepping three refreshed RDNA 2 playing cards for April as a stopgap resolution, however availability and pricing may flip this into one more paper launch.

AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT briefly bought beneath MSRP in Europe final month, however many players are nonetheless ready for costs to drop on mid-range and high-end GPUs. Certainly, costs for each Nvidia and AMD fashions are actually the bottom they’ve been for the reason that begin of 2021, however as the 2 firms put together to launch refreshed and next-generation playing cards, we might even see a slowdown of this pattern within the coming months.

Earlier at present, Nvidia hinted it could proceed making Ampere playing cards even after it launches the RTX 4000 sequence. The corporate believes this may enhance availability for players, however as we’ve seen with the RTX 2060 re-launch — if it may even be referred to as that — it was a fast lunch for miners who had been very happy to pay the inflated asking value.

On one other word, the RTX 4000 sequence will probably be manufactured on TSMC’s 5nm course of node whereas Ampere relies on Samsung’s 8nm course of node, so there’s some hope for an enchancment within the general provide of Nvidia GPUs.

AMD is on the point of launch refreshed RDNA 2 playing cards, and people will reportedly be made on the identical TSMC 7nm course of node as current Ryzen 6000 sequence GPUs and Ryzen 5000 sequence CPUs. In accordance with respected leaker Fanatic Citizen from the Chiphell boards (through VideoCardz), at least three new RX 6000 sequence playing cards will break cowl on April 20 or April 21 — the RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT, and the 6650 XT.

These new fashions have reportedly been upgraded with sooner 18 Gbps GGDR6 reminiscence, up from the 16 Gbps reminiscence utilized in the usual RX 6000 sequence graphics GPUs. The leaker stated the brand new playing cards will value $50 greater than their older siblings for the privilege, which looks like a good ask, if irrelevant beneath present market circumstances the place costs are nonetheless a lot increased than MSRP.

AMD CEO Lisa Su believes the chip scarcity scenario will enhance within the second half of this 12 months, however some — together with one TSMC R&D government — suppose that is an excessively optimistic prediction. To date, Ampere GPUs dominate Steam charts and are additionally probably the most sought-after elements for cryptocurrency miners, whereas AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs barely make the chart. Will probably be fascinating to see if the refreshed RDNA 2 playing cards woo extra players away from Staff Inexperienced.