You could see the first batch of AMD’s 7nm Navi GPUs before the fourth quarter of 2019. This will be a month after the launch of the much anticipated 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPU series.

If AMD launches Ryzen at Computex as per its current plans, the Navi GPUs could land before August or at least around that time.

The most likely events where the tech giant is expected to make the unveiling are Gamescom and Siggraph. Given that GPUs are gaming products, there’s a reason to lean towards Gamescom.

The cards were initially slated for a 2018 launch. Some rumors had predicted an early 2019 launch but it turned out that yields were not yet sufficient for a consumer card yet.

This report originally came from Wccftech staff, so be sure to digest it with a grain of salt.

But what about Navi?

Navi GPU architecture is AMD’s great hope for its next generation of graphics cards which will be the first genuinely fresh Radeon designs since Vega arrived a year ago.

New reports claim that a Navi engineering sample has been passed through CompuBench tests, revealing supreme graphics performance but slashed compute speeds when compared with the Vega56 and 64 cards. The sample – codenamed AMD 66AF:F1 – achieves about 60% performance of a Radeon VII and bears very similar configuration and performance profile. No one is really sure what the codenamed device could be but it might be a low-end candidate in the Navi series or a member of the Radeon VII chain.

Why should you wait for Navi?

Thanks to the 7nm process, AMD could fit more stream processors in Navi than those it fitted in the previous Vega and Polaris cards. It’s too early to bet on the performance figures but we can be sure that these next-gen cards will be more efficient than Polaris and Vega.

The anticipated release of Navi alongside Ryzen 3000 spells an ambitious manufacturing target for AMD and TSMC, but if these rumors come about as true, then it’s a double celebration for gaming enthusiasts.

Author: Victor Wachanga

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