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AMD confirms that 'Big Navi' is coming in 2020

By Koh Wanzi - on 21 Jan 2020, 11:26am

AMD confirms that 'Big Navi' is coming in 2020

The Radeon RX 5700 XT is still the fastest Navi GPU from AMD.

AMD has officially confirmed that we will see a high-end Navi GPU in 2020. The company first introduced its Radeon RX 5700 series and Navi architecture back in June, but that wasn't a top-end graphics card capable of competing with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti. AMD has so far refrained from going after the enthusiast market, choosing to focus instead on the mid-range with cards like the Radeon RX 5500 XT and 5600 XT.

At long last though, a high-end Navi-based competitor could finally be arriving in 2020, according to CEO Lisa Su. "I've heard a little bit through Twitter and Reddit that people are wondering about Big Navi. I can say you're going to see Big Navi in 2020," said the AMD CEO, in Episode 15 of The Bring Up. 

She even went on to talk about Zen 3: "There might be a few people wondering about Zen 3 as well, and I can tell you that Zen 3 is doing really well, we're really excited about it, and I look forward to talking more about that later in 2020." 

Su's comments represent the first confirmation we've had that Big Navi could be coming this year. Back at CES, Su would only say that we should expect "high-end Navi", but she did not give a specific time frame for when it would arrive.

But while we may all be excited for a card that could potentially give NVIDIA a run for its money, there's no guarantee that it'll even do that. After all, NVIDIA is also expected to release its next-generation 7nm Ampere GPUs later this year, so AMD will have its work cut out for it.