Sapphire Rep spills the beans on AMD’s Radeon Navi Lineup

Sapphire Rep spills the beans on AMD's Radeon Navi Lineup

Sapphire Rep spills the beans on AMD’s Radeon Navi Lineup

While speaking at a Chinese press event, a Sapphire representative has released a lot of information about AMD’s upcoming Navi series of graphics cards, confirming that two SKUs will release to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 respectively for $399 and $499. 

In the interview, the Sapphire representative stated that Navi would not support Ray Tracing at a hardware level, placing Navi at a disadvantage to Nvidia’s RTX series, though the rep also stated that the Navi is “stronger than the 2070”. 

Reports have claimed that the Sapphire representative confirmed that ray tracing silicon will be added to “next year’s new architecture,” while suggesting that Navi will not be scaled up to replace the Radeon VII. This claim alleges that the long-running rumours of “big Navi” are false.  

Sapphire also confirmed that several custom designs for Navi are in the works, including a “Toxic” variant, which is said to be water cooled. 

  

Sapphire Rep spills the beans on AMD's Radeon Navi Lineup  

This information comes from Zhihu, from a post that has since been taken offline. Given the information contained within the post, it is likely that Sapphire and/or AMD requested that the content be removed from the website. 

If this information is true, we will have to wait for another hardware generation before we see ray tracing within AMD’s graphics card lineup, though it also sets a clear reveal date for Navi on May 27th, the same day as AMD’s Computex 2019 keynote. An official release date of July 7th was also mentioned. 

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