AMD promises RDNA 2 (Navi 2X) late 2020, confirms RDNA 3 (Navi 3X)

Published: 5th Mar 2020, 23:03 GMT   Comments

AMD today confirmed that Navi 2X GPUs (based on RDNA 2 micro-architecture) will be available at the end of 2020.

AMD NAVI 2X at end of this year, Navi 3X by 2022?

Navi 2X – RDNA 2

AMD has briefly talked about the future RDNA sub-architecture. A new roadmaps were shown to present the most important information about the goals for the Radeon RX series. It is now confirmed that RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 will be pure gaming-oriented architectures as AMD has split their Graphics DNA into RDNA and CDNA (for compute GPUs).

The RDNA 2 architecture will feature NAVI 2X GPUs. This is most likely where “Big Navi” will land.  These GPUs are confirmed to utilize the 7nm fabrication process.

Navi 3X – RDNA 3

AMD’s Rick Bergman, who was covering gaming markets at AMD Financial Analyst Day, also revealed that AMD will launch Navi 3X architecture based on RDNA 3. History repeats itself, as AMD took the same path with Polaris (10, 20 and 30).

Interestingly, AMD did not confirm what fabrication node will NAVI 3X processors use – the ‘Advanced Node’ could either refer to 7nm+ or 5nm, AMD is simply playing a safe card here, as all options are still on the table.

Furthermore, AMD confirmed that Navi 2X GPUs will offer +50% power efficiency improvements over Navi 1X. More importantly, though, RDNA 2 GPUs will feature hardware acceleration for ray tracing, which so far remained an exclusive feature of the GeForce RTX series featuring Turing architecture.

The Navi 2X architecture is expected ‘at the end of 2020’, while Navi 3X somewhere in 2021.


AMD plans to deliver a full stack of high-performance, AMD RDNA architecture-powered graphics products to further expand the AMD Radeon install base. Extending the outstanding performance of the Radeon RX 5000 series, AMD RDNA 2-based “Navi 2X” GPUs will bring uncompromised 4K gaming, new features including hardware-based ray tracing support and a significant performance uplift.

One of the slides featured a new design of a new Radeon RX graphics card. We believe this is Navi 2X design, it is distinctively different from Radeon RX 5600 XT.

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