Thanks to the new ECC listing, we the existence of AMD Radeon’s SKUs RX 5900, 5950XT and the 5800XT. While the ECC listing does not guarantee the retail releases of these graphic cards- or its existence. But it does indicate where these graphic cards could be placed within its RX Radeon 5000 series GPU family in the near future.
In line with Dr.Su’s promises
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that the company will release the upcoming Radeon graphics cards with the hardware-accelerated ray-tracing standard. She also confirmed about a high-end Navi graphics card being worked on. What’s not confirmed is with the naming scheme- if it will be a part of the 5000 series or carried over to the AMD Radeon 6000 series. If it is the former, it is likely to be the Radeon RX 5950XT.
AMD Radeon- Expectations Vs. Reality
Apart from the naming scheme, there’s really nothing to indicate AMD Radeon’s performance. Traditionally, AMD Radeon graphics cards are usually a hit-or-miss, eventually ending up engaging in price wars with the older graphics card. AMD Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 8G is doing the same, despite the existence of AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 and Vega 64. But the lack of chip production and issues with HBM2 put the Radeon division in an awkward position. This can be seen in Amazon India as the Vega 56 has some questionable pricing. The same applies in the US with limited options. But the availability of the RX 580 8G is plenty of them listed in Amazon India and Amazon US. I did feature RX 580 8G in the high-end 1080p build guide and the high-end 1440p build guide with Nvidia GeForce options.
Speaking of awkward positions…
AMD did have the Radeon VII. The Radeon RX 5700XT seems promising, while the RX 5700 and RX 5600XT has to compete with Nvidia GeForce offerings from both GTX 16 and RTX 20 series. When AMD nails it at the time of release, Nvidia responds accordingly, therefore keeping the discrete GPU business excited enough for the consumers to get a better value and upgrade. Radeon Technologies desperately needs consistency in its driver and hardware department. AMD did market its new AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition Graphics Driver 20.1.2 Hotfix two days ago. Also, it needs to have an Nvidia NVENC equivalent. While its CPU division is thriving well enough, it needs to replicate the same in the discrete graphics division.
2020 to have new CPU and GPU desktop solutions from AMD
Interesting times for AMD as its also going to release the updated desktop series chipsets by this year- and the new mainstream/ enthusiast grade Ryzen 4000 CPUs with its 600 series desktop by the second half of 2020. It is also interesting to note that Intel will be releasing its first discrete graphics card before the end of 2020.