This generation of graphics cards and consoles has been challenging, with shortages affecting the market and skyrocketing prices on sites like eBay forcing gamers to spend far too much on new technology. With chip shortages reportedly easing, obtaining an AMD, Nvidia, or even forthcoming Intel GPU should be considerably more manageable. On top of that, there's the next-gen to consider, with a leak revealing what Team Red might provide at some time.
According to a recent rumor from Videocardz, AMD could unveil a flagship product in its forthcoming RDNA 3 line that could blast one of its most potent existing cards out of the water, citing a tweet from notorious leaker Greymon55. According to the report, Apple could release a GPU with 92 TFLOPS (teraflops) of FP32 performance. Previous rumors stated that this elusive piece of gear could have 75 TFLOPS, which is a significant increase.
The current AMD RX 6900 XT, released in December 2020, has 23.04 TFLOPS, implying that AMD's flagship RDNA 3 product might be four times as powerful. To begin with, this is purely speculation, as no information about the spec of any upcoming Navi31 card has been released. Second, while having more TFLOPS does not guarantee that it will be four times as strong across the board, it is worth noting.
AMD and Nvidia aim to extend the current generation before the market shifts, with only a few months until the new generation arrives. According to recent speculations, AMD's RX 6950 XT could be as expensive as the RTX 3090 Ti, and team red has also just released a budget graphics card. Intel is also a factor to consider.
Team blue will be a new competitor in the GPU sector with the release of the Arc desktop graphics cards this summer. On the other hand, both long-running behemoths have been planning for the future of technology, which might leave Intel behind. With AMD's rDNA 3 set to come later this year and Nvidia's RTX 40-series set to launch in September, the fact that shortages are easing and costs are dropping implies that the end of this year could be an exciting moment for PC gamers.
Now that AMD's RDNA 2, or Big Navi, graphics architecture design with the Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards has been out for over a year, AMD RDNA 3 is on the way. The 6000-series successor is nearly due, according to AMD's normal release schedule, but things haven't gone as planned.
RDNA is AMD's graphics processor architecture and instruction set. It covers everything from computing unit and cache design to shaders and the visual pipeline. The AMD RDNA 3 will build on the company's recent success with graphics cards.
Although there is no official release date for AMD RDNA 3 graphics cards, there is reason to anticipate that the first few versions will be available by the end of the year.
"We are on track to deploy next-generation products in 2022, including our Zen 4 processors built with industry-leading 5-nanometer manufacturing technology and our RDNA 3 GPUs," AMD CEO Dr.
However, there are some reasons to be wary of AMD's commitment to that schedule. RDNA 3 GPUs were not mentioned on the company's subsequent earnings call. In addition, AMD's CES 2022 keynote included no mention of future graphics cards. This could signal that the debut date has been pushed back, or that AMD is planning a refresh of its current RDNA 2 graphics cards, as has been rumored, and that announcing RDNA 3 would deflate those refurbished products just as AMD needs them to compete with Nvidia's upcoming RTX 3080 Ti.
Because three different RDNA 3 graphics cards are expected in the initial line-up, only a portion of them will probably be released within the year, as AMD and Nvidia have both been hesitant to release lower-end models after the launch of their flagship GPUs in their new series.