A fresh AMD Navi GPU leak is suggesting that the next-generation of team Radeon’s mid-range graphics cards will deliver gaming performance that can outperform the GTX 1080 and do it all for a $259 reference card price. And real-time ray tracing. It will deliver real-time ray tracing for $259 too.
Technical details about Sony’s next-gen PS5 console have been dribbling out for a while. But, while most have centred around the AMD Ryzen-powered APU, and Navi GPU at its heart, a new briefing with Sony’s Mark Cerny has delivered some potentially surprising info about the storage being built into the Playstation 5. He’s claiming that it’s not just any SSD, but an SSD with higher potential bandwidth than anything the huumble PC can currently manage.
It’s celebration time at AMD, and not just because it’s set to launch both the next-gen Ryzen 3000 processors and Navi graphics cards in just a few short months. AMD is turning 50 this year, and to celebrate the chip manufacturer is reportedly preparing a 50th Anniversary Edition of the Ryzen 7 2700X.
TSMC has already started volume production of its next generation 7nm process; the first to incorporate its advanced EUV tech, and the node which should form the basis for AMD’s Zen 3 processors next year. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer started mass production of the 7nm+ process in March this year, which is a huge milestone for the technology, and it’s being used to create HiSilicon’s phone SoC, the Kirin 985. And if you don’t know who HiSilicon is, you’ll probably recognise its parent company, Huawei. Even if you’re not necessarily sure how to pronounce it correctly.
Custom AMD APU silicon previously touted as the early spec for the PlayStation 5 has resurfaced online. The AMD APU first appeared back in January – its specs list decoded from a jumbled alphanumeric string – and it appeared to be in the very early stages of development. But the most recent leak shows the red team has made progress on the Zen/Navi chip.
The foundry responsible for AMD’s manufacturing in 2019, TSMC, is expected to be running its 7nm process node at max capacity by Q3, 2019. The cutting edge node has reportedly been under-utilised so far this year, although industry sources believe 7nm chip orders are now rolling in thick and fast for production – including plenty from AMD and vast amounts from Apple.
The upcoming looty, shooty gun-fest from Gearbox Software has been tailored to get the most out of AMD Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs. Publisher 2K says Borderlands 3 was “developed from the ground up with AMD”, which could mean, if all goes to plan, Borderlands 3 will be one of the first AAA games to make the most out of AMD Navi silicon.
An AMD Ryzen 3000 processor has made its first appearance on leak-friendly benchmarking software: SiSoft Sandra. The engineering sample is rocking four cores and eight threads, and was spotted running on an MSI MEG X570 AM4 motherboard.