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The Radeon RX 6000 series debuts on Twitter and in Fortnite

AMD is preparing to unleash their new generation of gaming GPUs this fall and offered the first look at one of its cards on Twitter and in Fortnite.

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It has been two weeks since NVIDIA took the wraps off its upcoming Ampere-based RTX 3000 series graphics cards during a live streaming event that saw Jensen Huang pull a graphics card out of his oven. AMD may have been cooking up their own answer to those new GPUs and chose to show off the first official image of a graphics card based on its Big Navi architecture on Twitter today. Additionally, the card made a virtual appearance in Fortnite on AMD’s Creative Island.

We first reported that AMD made plans to show off its new line of desktop CPUs and GPUs in October. The launch event for the Zen 3-based Ryzen desktop CPUs and x670 motherboard chipset is currently scheduled for October 8. 2020. The announcement declared that a reveal event for the Radeon RDNA 2 graphics architecture would be coming on October 28, 2020. RDNA 2 is based on AMD’s Navi architecture and the design will be incorporated into both the PS5 and Xbox Series X. 

The version of RDNA 2 in the consoles has been customized and optimized for power usage and heat output so that it can operate safely within the confines of the small console chassis. The Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards will also be based on RDNA 2, except that they use a bigger version of the chip without the same power constraints found in the cut-down console version. AMD has been referring to these upcoming desktop GPUs as Big Navi for most of 2020 and had promised its investors that such products would be available prior to the console launches. Radeon RX 6000 looks to be the official name the company is going with for Big Navi.

The card shown in the tweet above and on display in Fortnite currently is a triple-fan design that features a pair of 8-pin power plugs. Such a configuration is capable of using up to 375 watts of power, though the actual specs of the cards are still unknown. The 3D model of the card in Fortnite sports a pair of DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, a single HDMI connector, and a single USB Type-C connector. It is unknown if the Type-C connector is for VirtualLink VR support. The VirtualLink connector was dropped from NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 series cards after its failure to appear on any major VR headset.

We will surely find out more about the Radeon RX 6000 series in the coming weeks leading to the October 28 event. Keep it tuned to Shacknews for all the latest development in graphics card land. These are exciting times, folks.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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    September 14, 2020 3:42 PM

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      September 14, 2020 4:00 PM

      Any specifications on this leaked?

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        September 14, 2020 4:18 PM

        It has 80 ROTFL processors.

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        September 14, 2020 8:42 PM

        I mean, we can guess, right? Not quite as fast as what NVIDIA is offering and slightly cheaper. Drivers will be a pain but will "mature"...right about the time the next gen of cards is out. Power consumption will be much improved.

        Don't get me wrong, I have. 5600m (the HMB one) in my MacBook Pro and a 5700xt in my desktop that is awesome. But there cards are going to be 2-3 months after NVIDIA launches and also consoles (of course AMD *is* the console). I just don't see a huge reason to wait for one if you need a card now, there's no way it's going to be game changing.

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        September 14, 2020 8:52 PM

        Yes I can predict it to within 5% of the real thing.
        Between 75 and 90% as fast as the competing nvidia cards
        Priced between 65% and 80% cheaper than nvidia cards
        Runs significantly hotter
        Uses more power.


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          September 14, 2020 9:07 PM

          eh I wouldn't be surprised if Nvidia uses more power this time. For example the 2080ti is at 250W while the 3080 is 320W part. That's a lot of power.

          Nvidia using a 8nm Samsung node, while AMD will probably be using TSMC's 7nm. Don't know how different those nodes are so I can't say if the TSMC 7nm is better than the Samsung 8nm.

          The cooling solution for each card is probably what's going to make the difference. From what I hear, AMD's stock coolers haven't been good in previous generations leading to hot loud cards, but this new one doesn't look too bad.

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            September 14, 2020 9:10 PM

            This 'rule' has been the way for like the last 4 generations of cards. It is the way.

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              September 14, 2020 9:28 PM

              I'm with Modulus, I think power is going to shift to AMD this gen.

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                September 14, 2020 9:33 PM

                It's entirely possible, but history dictates they make the hotter, noisier, hungrier card that is cheaper and not quite as fast.

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                September 14, 2020 9:35 PM

                I can't see it personally. It's not just the fastest and coolest that makes it the more attractive option this time round. DLSS and all of the other adjunct stuff nvidia have going for them is a massive lure tacked onto incredible performance. I don't see how AMD can have that many ducks in a row given their past performance in this area.

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                September 15, 2020 12:34 AM

                This just went up:
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXb-8feWoOE
                Enlightening, and concerning if everything he says is true.

                I'm beginning to realize that the 3080 and 3090 are going to be really really hot and power hungry cards. I'm concerned about AIB's ability to design and cool these monsters. Makes me want to wait for reviews before I purchase one.

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                  September 15, 2020 1:08 AM

                  That is a very well thought out argument he makes. Be interesting to see the reviews tomorrow!

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                  September 15, 2020 7:06 AM

                  TL;DW?

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                    September 15, 2020 7:10 AM

                    ANOTHER SLAP IN THE FACE TO GAMERS EVERYWHERE

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                      September 15, 2020 7:17 AM

                      Yeah don't watch that - it's dumb clickbait trash.

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                    September 15, 2020 10:00 AM

                    There's a lot there, but the interesting part is where he is talking about power.
                    TL;DW
                    Nvidia originally announced that it would be using Samsung and TSMC 7nm process nodes, but it is known now that they are using the Samsung 8N node.

                    He points out that the new 3080 and 3090 have very high power usage; you have to go way back in time to one of the Titans cards before you find one that comes close to using as much power as the 3080.
                    He thinks that Nvidia maybe saved ~$25 per chip by going with Samsung 8N vs TSMC 7nm at the cost of higher power usage (this is really speculative as he doesn't know what the real wafer cost are).

                    TL;DR
                    Nvidia should have used 7nm and cards are going to be power hungry because of it.

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      September 14, 2020 9:30 PM

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