Is there such a thing as a reinforced wallet? This fall is virtually begging for one with how much hardware is heading our way. Now, AMD has announced a pair of presentations aimed at you and me–the consumer–to fully reveal its new Zen 3/Ryzen 4000-series CPUs and RDNA2 Radeon cards.
Ryzen comes first
With the next wave of AMD Ryzen processors and the all-new Zen 3 architecture, @AMD is taking its PC gaming and content creation leadership to new heights. Learn more October 8. pic.twitter.com/PAvA5m3FGo
— AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) September 9, 2020
The first presentation, which zooms in on the Zen 3 CPUs, comes on October 8 at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST:
We are incredibly excited to invite you to learn more about the next wave of Ryzen desktop processors with “Zen 3” architecture, taking our PC gaming and content creation leadership to new heights. Dr. Lisa Su and other AMD senior executives will kick-off this new journey for “Zen 3” and AMD Ryzen at 12 p.m. ET, October 8th.
Radeon to follow
— Radeon RX (@Radeon) September 9, 2020
The second presentation covers the RDNA 2 GPUs AMD has been teasing and begins at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST on October 28:
Preparing to delight gamers globally with the next horizon of Radeon Graphics, we invite you to learn more about our RDNA 2 architecture, Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, and our deep collaboration with game developers and ecosystem partners who will help us bring the best of Radeon to gamers. Tune in for the reveal of the future of Radeon PC gaming at 12 p.m. ET, October 28th.
This comes hot on the heels of Nvidia’s reveal of its RTX 30-series GPUs, which features the RTX 3070, a GPU that costs just $499 but outpaces the $1000+ RTX 2080 Ti; and that’s the third most powerful card. AMD has a lot to prove. While the Ryzen series has become a powerful competitor in the CPU space, Radeon continues to lag in GPUs. AMD’s most powerful 5000-series card is the AMD Radeon 5700 XT, and that card really only competes with AMD’s mid-range RTX 2070–minus the ray tracing capability.
Radeon 6000 will mark the introduction of hardware ray tracing into AMD’s toolkit, along with variable-rate shading. This is the same tech powering the graphics for both the Xbox Series S & X and PlayStation 5 consoles. The hardware is expected to be fairly competitive with Nvidia’s, but Nvidia’s aggressive pricing suggests that AMD might struggle to offer the same price::performance ratio that Nvidia’s new cards are offering. But if AMD can compete with both Intel and Nvidia, it’ll truly be a sight to behold.