In a surprise announcement with timing we’re sure is a huge coincidence considering NVIDIA is today going to reveal more about its future GPUs, AMD’s revealed that its RDNA3-based Radeon GPUs are set to launch on November 3. That’s less than 45 days away, and with NVIDIA likely to release its first next-gen GPUs weeks earlier, we’re clearly headed into a very busy PC gaming season.
There’s been lots of rumor about RDNA3 floating around, as you’d expect, and we’re not quite sure what to believe. We’ve seen completely believable details, and then others that are extremely hard to believe – such as the GPUs potentially reaching 4GHz speeds (at a time when we’re not even seeing 3GHz speeds without extreme overclocking).
For both gamers and creators, there’s great reason to be excited about these upcoming launches. For us, we can’t help but think more about creator than gaming, because chances are, the gaming competitiveness is likely to be quite good – if RDNA2 is anything to go by. But as we’ve seen time and time again in our workstation tests, Radeon has a difficult time keeping up to GeForce more often than not – and it can’t at all if we’re talking rendering that can take advantage of NVIDIA’s accelerated ray tracing cores.
AMD’s RDNA2-based Radeon RX 6750 XT
We’re not entirely sure what AMD is planning to do to make its GPUs more competitive for creator use, but we remember being really impressed with what RDNA2 brought to the table, against its previous generation, so we hope to be similarly impressed once again with RDNA3. That said, with NVIDIA soon to release new GPUs, as well, AMD will have had to make huge strides from last-gen to next in order to catch up.
Either way, we’ll be ready to test these new GPUs across our usual variety of creator (and gaming) tests when the time comes. We’re finally near the point where the “pandemic GPU” launches are behind us. Let’s just hope pricing keeps respectable.