AMD RDNA 3 Release Date, Price And Specs [Aug. 2022 ]

2020 was an exciting time in both the PC and console world. We saw brand-new CPU and GPU releases from AMD and NVIDIA, but we also got the long-awaited next-gen consoles from Xbox and Sony.

These releases enjoyed significant performance improvements from their predecessors, generally thanks to the transition to a smaller (7nm) fabrication process from TSMC and Samsung.

TSMC already has a 5nm process in the works, and AMD plans to base its RDNA 3 and Zen 4 architecture on that. As a result, we have high expectations for the performance improvements.

Let’s see what RDNA 3 GPUs will offer.

Why We Should Be Excited For RDNA 3

AMD was not exactly present in the flagship/high-end sector of the GPU market over the past several years. However, that exclusion from the high-end GPU sector ended with the RDNA architecture and the Radeon RX 5000 and RX 6000 series.

The RX 6900XT easily exchanges blows with the RTX 3090 in raw rasterization performance, and that’s NVIDIA’s fastest consumer GPU. Although lacking in ray tracing, these RDNA 2 GPUs still are a great choice.

The last time AMD provided a counter to NVIDIA was more than ten years ago in 2011, with the HD 7970 against the GTX 580 and GTX 680.

Throwback to 2011, a 7970 review by Anandtech

If AMD makes another competitive comeback with RDNA 3 to step up the rivalry, we should see a considerable improvement in price-per-performance from both companies.

These things are why we should be excited for RDNA 3.

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Updates +

  • August 4, 2022: Added new SKU to the table, replaced outdated specifications and more.
  • July 12, 2022: Replaced some outdated information under the “Architecture” segment.
  • July 5, 2022: Added rumors on possible AI acceleration cores on RDNA 3 architecture.
  • June 28, 2022: Added new power-related information and reworked some parts of the article.
  • June 15, 2022: Added more specifications, release date rumors, and removed outdated information.
  • June 3, 2022: Made a few grammar fixes.
  • May 26, 2022: Added a rumor that RDNA3 will have Display Port 2.0.
  • May 19, 2022: Another round of big changes to the article based on the news that Navi 31 will have a single GCD.
  • May 11, 2022: Added information on refreshed RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 in Phoenix APUs.
  • May 4, 2022: Revamped entire article in accordance with new specification information on RDNA 3, added new performance leaks, videos, and more.
  • April 22, 2022: Added some release date leaks.
  • April 12, 2022: Added more information on RX 7700 XT.
  • March 30, 2022: Grammar fixes.
  • March 24, 2022: Added RX 7700XT, RX 7900XT and Ada Lovelace performance leaks/guesses.
  • March 15, 2022: Added more release date information.
  • March 01, 2022: Small updates, nothing significant.
  • February 20, 2022: Writing fixes.
  • February 9, 2022: Added Lisa Su’s reconfirmation on RDNA 3’s release date and that AMD will secure a lot more GPU supply for 2022.
  • January 31, 2022: Revamped some sentences throughout the article for improved readability.
  • January 25, 2022: Added leak on potential Navi 21/22 GPUs as a stop-gap for RX 7000.
  • January 13, 2022: Added new information from CES.
  • December 22, 2021: Updated specifications on Navi 31, 32, and 33 based on greymon55’s latest leak.
  • December 14, 2021: Added information about new Accelerator Processor Die.
  • December 6, 2021: General update, no new information.
  • November 29, 2021: Reworked price estimates.
  • November 22, 2021: Rephrased several sentences.
  • November 15, 2021: Added new information on RDNA 3’s release date and modified text for improved readability.
  • November 12, 2021: Improved specifications table layout for better user experience.
  • November 8, 2021: Added rumor about 3D stacked Infinite Cache.
  • November 3, 2021: Added information about RDNA 3’s tape-out.
  • October 28, 2021: Fixed a few grammar errors.
  • October 18, 2021: Added rumors about the PS5 Pro and the possibility of it using RDNA 3.
  • October 12, 2021: Changed wording for improved readability.
  • October 4, 2021: Added new changes regarding the core count of Navi 33.
  • September 27, 2021: Made a few changes, mostly fixed some grammatical errors.
  • September 20, 2021: Added rumors regarding the potential performance.
  • September 13, 2021: Added more release date information.
  • September 2, 2021: Added a table explaining the possible SKU lineup of RX 7000 and a new specification table of Navi 31, 32, 33 and 21.
  • August 18, 2021: Added new specification leaks and a block diagram detailing the Navi 33 chip.
  • July 28, 2021: Added some new leaks and removed some old ones to support AMD’s drop of Compute Units and the switch to Work Group Processors.
  • June 23, 2021: Added more info on the release date and possible Zen3+ stop-gap solution.
  • May 10, 2021: Added information on the potential performance of RDNA 3 GPUs based on a popular leaker KittyYYuko.
  • April 6, 2021: Added official information claiming a 50% increase in efficiency.

Release Date

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series

At the time of writing, no official launch date information is available for RDNA 3 GPUs except that they should release in 2022. Well, at least some of them should.

Realistically, it will either be Q3 or Q4 of 2022 based on the “evidence” we’ve gathered and the fact that NVIDIA will be releasing its RTX 4000 GPUs around that same time.

Here’s a rumor from Greymon55 that RDNA 3 GPUs might come as early as October.

Before RDNA 3, AMD released in May of 2022 refreshed RDNA 2 GPUs (RX 6950XT, RX 6750XT, and RX 6650XT) to compete against NVIDIA’s Ti variants like the 3090 Ti, 3080 Ti, 3070 Ti, etc.

Here’s AMD’s GPU architecture roadmap:

AMD RDNA GPU roadmap

RDNA 3 will dominate throughout 2022 and 2023, while RDNA 4 will come out in 2024.

Specifications

A new generation of the RDNA architecture on a 5nm fabrication process (from TSMC) sounds promising.

AMD NAVI 3 GPU specifications

But will switching to a 5nm process node hurt GPU supply? Well, here’s what Lisa Su had to say about that:

We’ve been working on the supply chain really for the last four or five quarters, knowing the growth that we have from a product standpoint and the visibility that we have from customers. So in regards to [the] 2022 supply environment, we’ve made significant investments in wafer capacity, as well as substrate capacity and back-end capacity.

AMD CEO, Lisa Su – Q1 2022 AMD Earnings Call

Hopefully, we’ll see a proper supply of GPUs throughout 2022 and 2023.

Here’s a table of rumored specifications:

Originally, rumors claimed that Navi 31 would have two chiplets with 80 CUs. However, AMD scrapped the two-GCD design (or the leaks/rumors were simply incorrect.)

New leaks say it’s one GCD per GPU paired with multiple MCMs (multi-cache Die). So, at least it will still be the first ever consumer chiplet design GPU.

Here’s a leak from 3DCenter explaining the specifications in Navi 31, 32, and 33:

So, Navi 31 will have 6 MCDs paired with 1 GCD, while Navi 32 will have 4 MCDs with 1 GCD. And Navi 33 will be monolithic (single-chip die).

Greymon55 leaked a new SKU with 16384 SPs and 2 GCDs. Could this be the RX 7970 XT, a gaming GPU, or is it a workstation Radeon Pro Card?

We hope it’s going to be a gaming GPU so we can finally see two GCDs at work in-game.

Here’s an illustration by Olrak29_ of the new and alleged RDNA 3 chip configuration.

AMD RDNA 3 Die configuration

With 6 Shader Engines and just 48 WGPs, that’s a total of 12288 streaming processors, quite a bit lower than what the previous leaks reported. Still, that is double the cores compared to the RX 6900 XT (5120 SPs).

To compensate for the smaller number of cores, AMD could push the clock frequency much higher (close to 3.0 GHz). With high enough clocks, Navi 31 may have memory speeds up to 20Gbps.

In addition to the clock speed increase, the GPU will come with 24GB of GDDR6 RAM. AMD may also add 512 MB of Infinity Cache on the Navi 31 chip. That’s 4 times more cache compared to the RX 6900 XT.

Navi 33, on the other hand, ends up with fewer SPs than the RX 6900 XT (while rumors suggested more than 6900 XT). But, with Infinity Fabric, 3D stacked cache, higher clock speeds, and ADP, Navi 33 might actually be the faster GPU.

Another new specification for AMD will be the inclusion of Display Port 2.0. With DP 2.0, you can finally get 4K @ 240 Hz. If AMD is adding DP 2.0 then indeed, Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace will have this feature too.

Efficiency, Power Draw, And more

It’s exhilarating once we consider the potential performance and efficiency improvement of RDNA 3 over RDNA 2. Take the performance per watt increase between AMD’s old GCN architecture and RDNA 1 as an example.

Then, we saw another monumental 50% performance-per-watt leap from RDNA 1 to RDNA 2.

AMD RDNA 3 performance per watt uplift

And, looking at this slide, it seems like RDNA 3 will bring another leap in efficiency. In fact, AMD claims a greater than 50% performance-per-watt uplift.

There have been a couple of rumors circulating that Navi 31 could have a TDP of 450W, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

However, this interview with AMD’s Senior Vice President, Sam Naffziger by Tomshardware might’ve confirmed the rumors of higher power consumption.

Overall, the interview’s focus is on the physical limitations we are facing when it comes to computer technology. It’s no secret that the introduction of new process nodes is getting slower, so making efficient products is getting more and more difficult.

Are GPUS more Efficient AMD

Sam Naffziger mentions that power levels for future products will keep increasing, but AMD has a multi-year plan to improve efficiency. We hope that RDNA 3 won’t end up scaring potential customers with high-power draw GPUs.

RDNA 3 In APUs And Mobile CPUs

RDNA 3 will also be added to future Zen 4 (Phoenix) APUs which will have performance comparable to an RTX 3060M according to greymon55.

Supposedly, the RDNA 3 GPU in these APUs can have up to 6 WGPs with 1,536 stream processors. With a high enough clock speed (~3 GHz), it will definitely be the fastest iGPU ever created.

We imagine that future ultra light laptops might be capable of high-end gaming thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 7000 APUs.

For more specification-related information, check the Specifications Rumors heading.

Architecture

Multiple sources claim that Navi 3 will have a chiplet design or, more specifically, a multi-chip-module (MCM). This is quite a unique style for a GPU, considering that the only such GPU is AMD’s Instinct MI200 SKU.

However, we have seen this same design in AMD’s Ryzen processors. The chiplet design of their processors is their secret formula for the considerable increase in performance and physical cores.

Maybe this secret formula will also work with their RDNA 3 graphics cards.

Here’s a render of the Navi 33 (monolithic) and Navi 32 and 31 MCM dies:

Navi 31 32 33 die chip leaks
Navi 33, Navi 32, and Navi 31 die leaks – Source: _wildc

Supposedly, the graphics core die on Navi31 is 350mm2, making it around 30% smaller than Navi 21. That’s a result of TSMC’s 5nm process node, AMD’s new chiplet design, and AMD’s decision to remove certain unnecessary parts in the architecture.

It’s important to note that this kind of architecture comes with various challenges, most notably, latency. Fortunately, AMD uses Infinity Fabric and an active bridge that connects all of the chiplets to effectively reduce latency.

AMD Active Bridge 1
AMD’s active bridge as a solution to reduce latency

Additionally, greymon55 leaked that Infinity Fabric could be 3D stacked for RDNA3. This will double the Infinity Cache up to 512MB (for Navi 31).

Another exciting addition to RDNA 3 GPUs could be the supposed 3D stacked Accelerator Processor Die or APD.

This offloads tons of work for the primary GPU, allowing it to do regular rasterization while the APD can work on things like ray-tracing. Keep in mind that it is possible that this new technology might not end up on RDNA 3 GPUs.

Whether these innovations will work in AMD’s (and our) favor, we cannot know for certain, but these kinds of risks is what builds a real advantage against the competition.

RedGamingTech explains why this innovation puts the RTX 40 behind RDNA 3 in the video below:

Features

AMD will most probably introduce several new features for that extra bit of performance against NVIDIA (and Intel). Currently, FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 is AMD’s strongest feature.

An upscaling technology to compete against proprietary upscaling technology, DLSS.

Radeon Super Resolution is an alternative upscaling option for AMD GPU users.

Additionally, there have been some rumors that AMD has something that will be an answer to Nvidia’s Tensor Cores. Tensor Cores are essential for RTX GPUs as they are the main component that handle the machine learning part of DLSS.

Greymon55 believes AMD’s answer is AI acceleration cores which will be used for future iterations of FSR. In other words, FSR 3.0 could be proprietary to RX 7000 (similarly to NVIDIA’s DLSS), but it will also mean better upscaling/performance.

Performance Rumors

We’ve seen frequent rumors about all the possible SKUs from RDNA 3 and its architecture, but we haven’t seen much about potential performance increases over Ampere or RDNA 2.

At least we hadn’t until Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead shared a few RDNA 3 and RDNA 4 whispers.

Moores Law is dead RDNA 3 perf expectations

As seen in the image above, Tom expects a 90-130% performance increase from Navi 31 over Navi 21. A bit hopeful, especially after we discovered that RDNA 3 would have less SPs than expected.

However, this new MCM/Ryzen-like chiplet design might actually allow for such huge performance improvements.

Navi 32 will supposedly be at least 20% faster than the RX 6900XT. But, Navi 32 SKUs will probably release in early 2023.

SKU Rumors And Price Estimates

Another leak/speculation by 3dCenter.org suggests that AMD’s RX 7000 SKUs will be a mix of RDNA 2 and RDNA 3.

Here’s a table to help you understand the new lineup of GPUs.

Radeon RX 6000 series Radeon RX 7000 series
Navi 31 (5nm + 6nm)
RX 7900 – between $1000 and $1500
Navi 32 (5nm + 6nm)
RX 7800 – between $600 and $1000
Navi 21 – RX 6800/RX 6900
$579/$1000
Navi 33 (6nm)
RX 7700 – estimated at $450
Navi 22 – RX 6700
$479
Navi 22 refresh or a 6nm refresh
RX 7600 – estimated at $350
Navi 23 – RX 6600
$379
Navi 23 refresh or a 6nm refresh
RX 7500 – estimated at $250
Navi 24 – RX 6500
$200 (alleged)
Navi 24 refresh or a 6nm refresh
RX 7400 – estimated at $150
Table explaining the SKUs of the next Radeon GPUs and possible refreshes

As seen in the table above, there will probably only be two or three “true” RDNA 3 cards, while the rest will be a refresh of the SKUs from the last generation.

All current leaks mention that Navi 31 and Navi 32 will use a combination of 5nm compute dies with 6nm I/O and Infinity Cache dies. Navi 33 will use 6nm. Hopefully, this mix between 5nm and 6nm means better pricing for us.

Any future changes in specifications, prices, or release date, we’ll make sure to share them with you here!

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