Earlier in the year, it was rumoured that AMD would be lifting the curtains up of its upcoming Ryzen 3000 CPUs and new Navi-driven Radeon GPU either during Computex or E3 2019. Now it appears that AMD has confirmed that both products are expected to arrive on store shelves sometime during the third quarter of this year.
The information was confirmed via a slide presented during an annual shareholder meeting by AMD. In the slide, the semiconductor company’s 3rd generation Ryzen CPU is listed side by side with the Navi GPU. Interestingly, the slide visibly references an AMD “Radeon VII+ Navi” graphics card; a direct, if not blatant hint that the company will be refreshing its current high-end graphics card.
To recap, AMD surprised the PC world when it announced the Radeon VII during CES 2019. Specs-wise, the card runs 16GB of HBM2 graphics memory, but despite that, our initial findings of the card revealed some rather lacklustre performance numbers.
Additional rumours are also suggesting that AMD may ditch HBM2 altogether with Navi, and instead choose to adopt the GDDR6 format. Currently being used by NVIDIA with its current GeForce RTX series and some of its GTX 16 series models. More importantly, the new GPU is expected to have support for ray-tracing baked in, which would effectively put them in the same playing field with NVIDIA.
For now, we’ll just have to wait until Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, makes both the Ryzen 3000 CPUs and new Navi GPU architecture official during her keynote at Computex 2019.