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.
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.
- August 4, 2022: Added new SKU to the table, replaced outdated specifications and more.
- July 12, 2022: Replaced some outdated information under the “Architecture” segment.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- June 15, 2022: Added more specifications, release date rumors, and removed outdated information.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.
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.