AMD & NVIDIA next-generation GPUs expected in September

Published: 21st May 2020, 10:42 GMT   Comments

Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.

Next-gen gaming graphics cards in four months?

AMD Big Navi & NVIDIA Ampere Gaming

This is the most recent rumor regarding the launch of next-generation gaming graphics. The Taiwanese media outlet DigiTimes claims that AMD and NVIDIA are both expected to launch their next-generation GPUs in September.

With AMD and Nvidia set to launch their next-generation GPUs in September, graphics cards vendors are expected to cut prices for older-generation products, stimulating demand further in third-quarter 2020.

– DigiTimes

The wording in this sentence is quite important because the site did not say “gaming” GPUs. However, since NVIDIA already announced its Ampere Tensor core, the only next-generation GPU to unveil is the Ampere Gaming series (aka GeForce).

For AMD, next-generation GPU could also mean CDNA-based Arcturus GPU, the heart of the upcoming Radeon Instinct MI100 accelerator. This product will compete with just announced NVIDIA A100 accelerator in compute/AI-related tasks.

AMD already promised to launch its Big Navi later this year, but no dates were given. AMD was previously expected to talk about Big Navi at Computex, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak most of the events and product launches have been postponed.

DigiTimes also used the word ‘launch’, which usually refers to product availability. This would suggest that the announcement could happen sooner.

Below you will find the product’s release time comparison for both AMD and NVIDIA graphics. This list only showcases major releases (first in the series or product refreshes) since mid-2016.

NVIDIA introduced GeForce RTX 20 series in September 2018. A refresh in a form of RTX 20 SUPER series arrived in July 2019. Meanwhile, AMD has not released any major graphics card in 10 months.

NVIDIA GeForce Desktop important releases: 

  • GeForce GTX 1080 – May 2016
  • GeForce GTX 1080 11Gbps – April 2017 [+11 months]
  • GeForce RTX 2080 – September 2018 [+15 months]
  • GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER – July 2019 [+10 months]
  • no major release in 10 months

AMD Radeon Desktop important releases: 

  • Radeon RX 480 – June 2016
  • Radeon RX 580 – April 2017 [+10 months]
  • RX Vega 64 – August 2017 [+4 months]
  • Radeon RX 590 – November 2018 [+15 months]
  • Radeon VII – February 2019 [+3 months]
  • RX 5700 XT – July 2019 [+5 months]
  • no major release in 10 months

If both AMD and NVIDIA were to launch new graphics in 4 months, that would mean they are withing the usual launch schedule.

AMD dual-fan open-air cooler design (expected for Navi 21-based graphics card)

Source: DigiTimes

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