New AMD certification suggests the “Nvidia Killer” Big Navi GPU release date is close

The AMD Big Navi graphics card, the fabled ‘Nvidia Killer,’ may have just passed its official Korean RRA certification. A new GPU has today appeared in the Radio Research Agency database, with a model number we haven’t yet seen, and that’s usually the precursor to an imminent graphics card release.

With the RX 5600 XT having already hit the shelves we can be pretty sure this is something new, and the only thing left to come from the AMD Radeon skunkworks that we’ve been waiting for is the Big Navi graphics card sporting the Navi 21 GPU. This could then be the card that AMD is planning to disrupt 4K gaming with.

The new model number is interesting in that the certification we assume was given to the RX 5600 XT uses a higher number than this latest registration document displays. That leans into the thinking that AMD’s high-end Navi GPU has been on the cards for some time, and seemingly well before it chose to create a middle-order RX 5600 XT to combat Nvidia at that competitive price point.

The entry has been surfaced by an RRA Twitter Bot (via @Komachi) and in all honesty doesn’t give us a lot of detail about what the card is aside from the timing of the certification. But with the rest of the RX 5000-series cards already registered it’s a pretty good bet that this is the one we’ve been waiting for.

What is the AMD Big Navi release date?

One thing the certification does tell us is that the launch of this card, whatever it turns out to be, is imminent. That means the AMD Big Navi release date could be as little as one month away. Gotta say, I still love the fact that the ATI Technologies name just won’t die…

ATI Technologies RRA

The RX 5600 XT model number, D32501, passed certification on December 3, 2019 with a release on January 21,2020. Similarly the RX 5500 XT, presumably D18902, passed on November 27, 2019, with its release on December 12 less than a month later.

Given that AMD has already stated that it’s going to be dishing the dirt on the new Radeon RDNA 2.0 architecture on March 5, and that there’s the potential for the high-end Navi to be the first graphics card to hit our PCs sporting the new AMD GPU design.

Why’s that important? Because that’s expected to be the first Microsoft DXR compatible architecture to enable real-time ray tracing support. Fancy, eh? It’s going to be interesting seeing just how Nvidia inevitably responds to AMD’s Big Navi launch.


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