AMD will unveil its new line of high-end graphics cards, which will allow Team Red players to get ray traced for the first time to compete with rival Nvidia in the high-end GPU space. With the unveiling scheduled for October 28th, AMD's upcoming GPU will usher in the company's new Navi 2x microarchitecture, known colloquially by fans as the "Big Navi". Big Navi will power AMD's often rumored Radeon RX 6000 family of graphics cards and offer gamers an alternative to Nvidia's latest GeForce RTX 3080 graphics.
This year's reveal will take a different course than AMD's previous GPU launches given the current state of the global pandemic. This means that AMD will likely – like it did earlier this month with the launch of Ryzen – host its launch online without a splash of media event. Despite a more cautious approach to security, moving to an online venue means fans can watch the event live from the comfort of their homes.
Here's how to watch the Radeon RX 6000 unveil
AMD CEO Lis Su promised that AMD will host two events in October. With the company's Ryzen launch out of the way, we can now focus on AMD's Radeon launch. The company had previously confirmed that its Radeon RX GPUs will be officially launched on October 28th at 12 noon. Eastern time or 9 a.m. Pacific time.
As with the Radeon launch, we can expect AMD to host its event via a livestream on the company's YouTube channel. If you want to watch the keynote live at launch, be sure to check out the channel as well as the AMD homepage. We also offer you the latest information on the event. So you can also visit the Digital Trends homepage for the latest updates.
What to expect from AMD's graphics event
The Radeon RX 6000 series will be based on the Navi 2x microarchitecture, which will be part of AMD's RDNA 2 branding. The same architecture will apply to both PCs and next-generation streaming consoles this holiday season, including Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5. AMD's unconfirmed flagship PC graphics card is expected to be launched under the Radeon RX 6900 XT branding.
The GPUs operated with "Big Navi" enable AMD to compete with rival Nvidia in the graphics area and for the first time to include real-time ray tracing in the Radeon series. Team Red players can expect significant performance gains over the generations due to the improved hardware and features. When AMD unveiled its Ryzen processors, CEO Lisa Su had annoyed that the upcoming Radeon cards will bring 4K games at 60 fps in titles like Borderlands 3.
Although the flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT may be based on a slower GDDR6 memory specification, it is expected to debut with up to 16 GB of VRAM, more than the 10 GB found in Nvidia's Founders Edition variant of the RTX 3080. The card could be delivered with up to 5,120. According to Techspot source code leaks, cores are clocked at 2.5 GHz and use less power than Nvidia's flagship. The PC card could also usher in a new design with a larger footprint.
If the new Radeon cards can match Su's promised performance with ray tracing enabled, AMD can take over Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080, which has received positive reviews since its debut.
In addition to the flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT, AMD is expected to introduce other models in the family, including the mid-range Radeon RX 6700 XT.
And unlike its rival, which has encountered backlash due to its GeForce card shortages, AMD is supposed to be issuing guidelines for retailers to ensure its GPU reaches as many gaming fans as possible, Tweaktown reported. The cards are expected to be available before the end of the year.