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AMD has barely scratched the desktop surface with its Navi GPU architecture—there are just two main models, the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700, and three overall if you count the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition. It's a sure bet we will see more Navi cards in the future. That includes workstation models, as hinted by a breakdown of a recent patch for Linux. Up to this point, AMD has leaned on its Vega GPU architecture for its latest workstation graphics cards. That includes the Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, both if which were introduced in June, coinciding with a refreshed Mac Pro desktop. Since then, however, there have been clues pointing to Navi powering... Read more...
We are all looking ahead to when AMD launches a full-tilt version of Navi for the high-end market with ray tracing support, but in the more immediate future, the company may be readying new 7-nanometer GPUs for the entry-level sector. That is the implication of recently leaked benchmarks for a set of supposed Navi 14 GPUs, anyway. Codenames can get confusing, so before we go any further, let's have a look at what's out there currently: Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary: Navi 10 XTX Radeon RX 5700 XT: Navi 10 XT Radeon RX 5700: Navi 10 In short, the Radeon RX 5700 series is based on Navi 10, with the XTX and XT variants both featuring 2,560 shaders and 160 TMUs, and the XL version having 2,304... Read more...
AMD launched its 7nm Navi-based graphics card on July 7th, kicking off with the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT. Since that time, we've seen leaked information that suggests AMD will also bring budget GPUs, slotting in below these high-end gaming cards and some even higher-performing entries that should flesh out the family above the RX 5700 series. With that in mind, AMD plans to unleash an entire army of Navi RDNA graphics products -- and we're not just talking about GPUs that go inside our desktop and laptop systems. To that end, AMD just published a new whitepaper entitled "RDNA Architecture" that discusses everything from the underlying building blocks that make up Navi,... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco and Dave discuss our AMD vs Intel Architecture IPC Shootout evaluation, PowerColor's custom Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Navi graphics card we have here on review, Intel 10nm Ice Lake Benchmarks, BEAST 64-core AMD EPYC processors, Toshiba's tiny BG4 SSD, GIVEAWAY hints at the end and more! Join us!  Show Notes:  03:12 - Building An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Liquid-Cooled Performance Desktop PC With Maingear 12:27 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Vs Intel Core i9-9900K IPC Shootout: Did AMD Close The Gap? 20:57 - AMD EPYC 7002 Series Zen 2 Architecture Doubles Data Center Performance And Density 31:00 - Intel 10nm Ice Lake... Read more...
A little over a month ago, AMD launched the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series to mostly good reviews. The cards offered competitive performance at their respective price points, with power efficiency that was vastly superior to AMD’s previous-generation Vega-based Radeons. One of the things some folks took issue with in regard to AMD’s reference Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards, however, was their cooling. As we (and many others) mentioned in our initial reviews, the cards were noisier than their NVIDIA-made counterparts, and although temperatures were within spec, peak junction temps were relatively high, which could be a cause for concern in a poorly ventilated chassis. The general... Read more...
Sony has been surprisingly vocal about its upcoming PlayStation 5, first giving us details about the game console back in April. We know that the PlayStation 5 will be a 4K gaming beast, it will be based on AMD Ryzen 3000 and Navi architectures, and that it will have an incredibly fast SSD to dramatically lower game load times. Now we're getting an idea of what kind of performance we might see from the Navi-based GPU. This information comes to us from Twitter user Komachi, who has previously given us details on the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett. According to Komachi, there are currently engineering samples for the PlayStation 5’s Oberon APU running... Read more...
Despite any rumors you may have read to the contrary, AMD is not discontinuing reference variants of its Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards a mere month after introducing them to retail. In an effort to put the matter to rest, Scott Herkelman, AMD's corporate vice president and general manager of the Radeon division, hopped on Twitter and set the record straight. "We will continue to offer the Radeon 5700 series reference design on AMD.com and select OEM, retail, and etailers. However, we are fully transitioning our AIB [add-in-board] partners over to their own custom designs," Herkelman wrote. Herkelman's comment is reference to a report from a few days ago over at Cowcotland, in which the... Read more...
One of the first preorders for a custom Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card has materialized on Amazon. There is a new listing for Gigabyte's Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G model, which sports three axial cooling fans instead of the blower-style cooler found on reference models. As to when it will ship, though, the listing does not say. It only says "Temporarily out of stock," albeit with the option of adding the item to your cart and/or purchasing it. "Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll email you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item," the list says. AMD previously said its hardware partners would... Read more...
One of the first retail listings for a custom Navi card has appeared, which also gives us a glimpse of Sapphire's first non-reference model among the Radeon RX 5700 series. The card in question is Sapphire's Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse, and it appears on a retail site in the UK priced at £428.99 (which converts to around $521 in US currency). The card is not actually available to purchase or preorder yet, though. Instead, the listing at OverclockersUK says, "This product is available soon!" That could mean as early as next week—AMD has gone on record saying custom cards from its hardware partners will start appearing around the middle of August. Sapphire's Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse model... Read more...
The first batch of Navi cards are solid efforts by AMD—both the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 do a good job of competing with comparatively priced graphics cards from NVIDIA. That said, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is still the king of the hill. AMD does not have a card to compete with that beast, but company CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that high-end Navi cards are coming. We already had more than an inkling of that, of course—it is widely expected that a separate round of Navi cards will bolster performance and introduce ray tracing support. The latter has already been confirmed by Sony, with regards to the custom Navi GPU that will be inside its PlayStation 5 next year, and the... Read more...
The initial batch of Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards have all been built around AMD's reference blueprint, including both the stock clockspeeds and cooling solution. Not to worry though, custom cards are coming. As for what they will look like, a leaked pictured shows a potential design that XFX might use on a custom Navi card. XFX's design has been compared to a "burnt taco," though if going that route, a Choco Taco would be a more flattering description. If you look at it just right, you can see a face, or at least I'm seeing one—the fans are giant eyeballs, the groove at the top is a parted hairline, and the outline at the bottom forms a mouth and chin. It's like... Read more...
During the most recent episode of its Insider livestream, MSI shared some details about its upcoming Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards, including its custom models. One of those product families, the Mech Oc series, will feature dual-axial fans and factory overclocks when they become available several weeks from now. Here in the early going, every single Navi card that is available at retail uses AMD's stock cooling shroud, which is a blower-style cooler. They also stick to reference clockspeeds. However, custom cards are definitely coming—AMD confirmed they will start arriving around the middle of August, and ASUS has said it will have custom models available in September.... Read more...
AMD promised us that it wouldn't be long before we saw the first round of custom Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards from its OEM partners, and true to its word, the first trickle of cards is starting to see the light of day. The first of these new arrivals comes from ASRock, which has announced the Radeon RX 5700 Challenger 8G OC Series. Right now, there are two cards that are available in the series: Radeon RX 5700 8G OC Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G OC Both cards are obviously built around AMD's 7nm Navi RDNA graphics architecture, but they ditch the reference blower cooling setup in favor of a twin-fan arrangement and a metal backplate. There are four heat pipes to help wick heat away from... Read more...
It will be exciting to see what kind of custom designs and factory overclocks AMD's hardware partners come up with, as it pertains to Navi. Those will start trickling into retail around the middle of August. In the meantime, a video has surfaced of a reference Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card being modded and overclocked to 2.2GHz. At stock speeds, the Radeon RX 5700 XT has a 1,605MHz base clock and 1,905MHz boost clock, to go along with a new metric AMD has started using, which is a 1,755MHz game clock. As we explained in our review of Navi, AMD's claim is that the actual GPU clock will likely fall somewhere between the game clock and max boost clock during real-world gaming sessions. In our... Read more...
AMD's newly launched Radeon RX 5700 Series of graphics cards are squarely aimed at the mid-range segment of the gaming market, and they offer solid performance and attractive price points. However, it appears that AMD will soon have a range of cards that will slot further down on the totem pole to satisfy the entry-level market. Verification of these lesser 7nm graphics cards from noted leaker Komachi, which was first noticed by WCCFTech. The Radeon graphics cards were found in CompuBench, and have the ID String "AMD 7340:C1". What's interesting is that the cards present themselves as Navi 14 with a total of 24 RDNA compute units. With a total of 64 stream processors per compute... Read more...
Could it be the end of the line for AMD's Radeon VII flagship consumer graphics card? That might indeed be the case according to a new report making the rounds late this week.  According to the report, the Radeon VII has been has reached end-of-life status and supplies of the card are drying up fast. French site CowcotLand states the cards have been disappearing off store shelves and when cards are found in stock, they are slapped with a significant price premium compared to MSRP. We decided to do some checking ourselves, and visiting Newegg showed that four out of the five Radeon VII cards that the retailer sells are out of stock. Only the ASRock Phantom... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the release of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series processors and Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series, we’ve connected with the VP and General Manager of the Radeon Business Unit, Scott Herkelman, to discuss the launch, get a few technical questions answered, and get to the bottom of the “jebaiting” story. Show Notes: 02:15 – Scott’s Role As VP and General Manager of the Radeon BU 05:54 – What Did The Hardware Review Community Miss With The Radeon RX 5700 Launch? 10:45 – Radeon Image Sharpening versus NVIDIA DLSS 13:11 – What Happens During The Bring-Up Of A New GPU? 16:15 – Scott’s Thoughts On The Push For Real-Time Ray Tracing... Read more...
It's been a pretty big week for AMD with the launch of both its Ryzen 3000 family of Zen 2 processors and Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards based on its next generation Navi GPU architecture. To help us sort out this abundance of riches when it comes to AMD's fresh new hardware, we'll have Scott Herkelman as our special guest on Hot Hardware’s 2.5 Geeks podcast this Thursday (7/11/2019) at 4PM ET. For those not in the know, Herkelman serves as AMD's Corporate Vice President and General Manager for the Radeon Business Unit. So, if you want to know anything about the Radeon RX 5700 family, Herkelman is the man to talk to.  During this live broadcast, we'll be... Read more...
Following the retail launch of AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards over the weekend, there are a spattering of models available to purchase, but none so far that use custom cooling designs. That is going to change. The question is when, and the answer, according to AMD, is around the middle of August. AMD posted an update on Reddit regarding when users will see new Navi cards from its hardware partners that sport custom cooling shrouds (like the ones MSI is planning to release), as opposed to ones that stick with the reference blower-style cooler. The latter tends to be favored by enthusiasts because of the potential for better cooling performance. Custom cooling solutions also run... Read more...
As you already know, yesterday was a big day for AMD. Not only did the company officially launch its Ryzen 3000 family of desktop processors (which performed admirably in our tests), but also its all-new 7nm Radeon RX 5700 family of graphics cards.  One of the features that we didn't get a chance to really do a deep dive into in our review, was Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) and the performance impact that it may or may not have on games. In short, RIS is a contrast-adaptive algorithm that sharpens a game scene. RIS draws out details in low contrast areas of a scene, without negatively impacting high contrast areas. It is basically a post-processing compute shader that... Read more...
The initial flurry of Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards that are available at retail sites like Amazon and Newegg are all based on AMD's reference design, with the stock blower-style cooling shroud. Navi cards with custom cooling solutions are coming, though, as leaked slides by MSI confirm. In case you are wondering, AMD stuck with the blower-style cooling solution for Navi because it expels hot air directly out of the case. The coolers are similar on the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700, though not exactly the same—the former has a indent in the shape of a "7" (because of Navi's 7nm manufacturing process) that supposedly optimizes airflow, and a vent on the rear... Read more...
AMD has been talking about its next-generation Navi GPU architecture for ages. It was over 3 years ago that we first mentioned Navi here on the HotHardware, and since then there has been a slow, steady stream of information disseminated to the public, leading up the last month’s big architecture disclosure at E3 and the official unveiling of the initial Radeon RX 5700 series line-up, which we will be showing you here. If you missed our coverage of AMD's  Navi GPU architecture and its newly-designed RDNA-infused microarchitecture and instruction set, you can find it right here. We strongly suggest checking that article out, because we cover a number of deep technical details, including... Read more...
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