Last week saw the much anticipated announcement of the specs and release date for the Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards based on their new Ampere architecture. The performance improvement over their 2000 series cards is quite remarkable, but can AMD compete? Yesterday they announced the unveiling of their 6000 series cards running on their new RDNA 2 architecture will take place on the 28th of October, and the 4000 series CPUs running on their new Zen 3 architecture will be announced on the 8th of October.
What can be expected?
AMD has confirmed that their RDNA 2 cards will support real-time hardware accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading. This will bring them closer to being able to compete with Nvidia. While AMD has recently dominated the CPU market, they have not been able to keep up with the performance of Nvidia graphics cards, with Nvidia’s ray tracing keeping them in the lead. Many are hoping this will change with the release of their 6000 series. AMD has promised that their new cards will offer a “breakthrough in gaming architecture” to live up to the name Nvidia killer.
As for their CPUs, they will be revealing their Zen 3 powered 4000 series desktop processors. While there have been laptops with 4000 series processors, those have been based on their current Zen 2 architecture. There has been no information yet as to what type of CPUs will be revealed, many are hoping for 4th gen Ryzen processors to offer as much of a performance increase as the 3rd gen Ryzen offered over the 2nd gen.
So far the only information we have to go off of about the expected performance is the performance per watt chart that AMD have provided, showing a 50% improvement over the RDNA 1 architecture.