It's not unusual to see manufacturers wait on each other's launches before starting their own. This is particularly true in the realm of graphics cards. Now that Nvidia has spent some time in the spotlight with Ampere, it looks like AMD is spooling up its launch program for its Big Navi series of graphics cards, too, as told by an easter egg planted by AMD in a Fortnite map.
The Easter egg was found by a streamer passing through the AMD Battle Arena that launched a few days ago. Streamer GinaDarling found a teasing text stating "something big is coming to the AMD battle arena," after having to enter a passcode "6000" into a terminal to proceed.
Hey @AMDGaming @AMDRyzen @AMD @sherkelman. Found this on Fortnite. What does it mean? pic.twitter.com/C3cpOTx8DUSeptember 4, 2020
Of course, this first teaser doesn't tell us anything -- other than the next series of GPUs from AMD will be the Radeon 6000 series. You could say that we're reading too much into it, but AMD's Scott Herkelman, CVP & GM at AMD Radeon, congratulated Gina on finding the easter egg, which surely has to mean something.
But without making more of it than it is, it does show that AMD is getting started on the Radeon 6000 series, which, if I may say, is about time. In January, Lisa Su promised that we would be seeing Big Navi this year, and as we just entered September, there's not a lot of time left to go.
Rumors have a launch pinned for October 7th, but with the rumor mill being eerily quiet, we're not so sure that will happen.
For more about AMD's Big Navi and RDNA2 GPUs, check out our everything-we-know summary that contains all the info we know thus far.
Even if they succeed in reaching 30 tflops (which I doubt) ,, they cant compete in raytracing from the first time.
The only real performance uplift that matters in the 3000 series is ray tracing performance and that's a matter of just adding more rt hardware...
So we don't know what amd has obviously but surely amd knew the general performance gains nVidia was going for.
Watching nvidias unveil was exciting..but they didn't really provide any game benchmarks they just said it's this much better than that. So it's very possible that big navi could go toe to toe with the 3080.
Also don't forget amd has their own equivalent to DLSS along with plenty of other tech from the consoles that will absolutely be in whatever we get on pc.. but it will be amplified. So I wouldn't write them off quite yet. Even if they didn't match the 3080 this time I'd wager that they would absolutely be able to go toe to toe with the 4000 series.