After months of rumours and online whispers, AMD is finally set to lift the lid on the nicknamed 'Big Navi' GPU range later today. The AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series is an exciting launch for AMD, with the range sporting the company’s new RDNA 2 architecture, and fans will be interested to see exactly how it compares to the Nvidia RTX 3000 Series that was revealed back in September. With beefy upgrades on offer from Nvidia, AMD certainly has its work cut out, but leaks suggest it could be up to the challenge.
Here’s everything you need to know about the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series launch, including how to watch it live and what to expect.
When is the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series launch?
AMD has a busy October, that’s for sure. As well as revealing the AMD Ryzen CPU range at an event earlier in the month, the company is set to launch its new Radeon RX 6000 GPUs at an event later today, 28 October at 4pm GMT. That translates to 12pm ET and 9am PT for those tuning in from the US, and 5pm CET for those in Europe.
How can I watch the RX 6000 Series launch live?
As with the Ryzen event earlier in the month, AMD is set to host a livestreamed launch event via the company’s YouTube channel along with the official AMD website. If you’re interested in following along live, we’ve embedded the stream at the top of this page, so simply bookmark this page and head back later today to see what AMD has planned for its upcoming GPU range.
What to expect from the ‘Big Navi’ launch
So, what should we expect from the Big Navi launch?
According to AMD itself, the company will be providing details on the Radeon RX 6000 Series GPU range and the AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture that powers it. It’ll be hosted by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su alongside CVP Scott Herkelman and Radeon Senior Director Laura Smith. Following the main reveal, AMD’s Frank Azor will talk us through the nitty-gritty of how the GPU range was designed, and how it works with the recently announced Ryzen 5000 Series CPU range.
More specifically, a flurry of leaks has given us a good idea at what to expect from the Radeon RX 6000 Series. Leaks suggest there will be three cards in the range – the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6700 XT – with the headline 6900 XT sporting 16GB of VRAM, dropping down to 12GB and 6GB respectively on the other cards.
There's also leaked benchmark results that seem to detail the 6900 XT’s 22.5 TFLOPS of power, although this does admittedly fall short of the competing Nvidia RTX 3080’s 29.8 TFLOPS so it’ll be interesting to see how this is addressed during the announcement. Whatever the specifics, AMD has confirmed that when paired with a Ryzen 5000 Series CPU, the RX 6000 Series range can average 88fps on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare running at 4K.
Let's not forget that we already know what the RX 6000 Series will look like at the very least, with AMD posting an image of the upcoming GPU on Twitter back in September.
Whatever AMD has up its sleeve, it's set to be an interesting announcement – especially considering the competing entry-level Nvidia RTX 3070 is set to go on sale the very next day, on 29 October. We cover the latest AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series news separately for those interested in finding out more ahead of its announcement.