Over the weekend, we reported on the fact that AMD’s Lisa Su confirmed multiple times that “Big Navi” would be released in 2020. Today, leaker website VideoCardz is reporting on more specific information: Big Navi at Computex, and something else from NVIDIA before then.
There’s a lot to digest here. It wouldn’t surprise us if AMD had something prepared for Computex, but what exactly it’d become is something that’s left to speculation. Yesterday, GamersNexus shot down the idea that the current Big Navi rumors hold any water, saying that little about the EEC filings makes sense – especially the fact that it wasn’t AMD that filed them. This new rumor that Big Navi will appear at Computex reinvigorates speculation, though, since VideoCardz got this information from board vendors. The website also has a better rumor scorecard than other websites.
The other half of this equation is that NVIDIA could be releasing a new GPU in the second quarter – which also happens to include the Computex timeframe. A big question here is whether or not NVIDIA would be releasing a brand-new architecture at this time (like the fabled Ampere we’ve been hearing about for two years), and thus a brand-new GeForce 3000 series; or, follow-up again to one of the preexisting Turing cards (RTX 2080 Ti SUPER anyone?)
Of those options, it seems like the second one would be more likely, although that’s not to say that a Ti SUPER is actually going to happen. It seems likely that NVIDIA would wait to launch a brand-new series when it absolutely has to, although if AMD’s “Big Navi” ends up delivering on its lofty name, then that could be enough reason for NVIDIA to push things ahead. That of course assumes NVIDIA’s close to being done on its next design. If there’s one thing NVIDIA’s pretty good at, it’s keeping such details close to its chest.
What do you think of these AMD and NVIDIA possibilities?