The gaming community is abuzz with excitement as AMD, the renowned semiconductor manufacturer, has confirmed the impending release of new RDNA 3 graphics cards in the third quarter of this year. These highly anticipated cards are said to fall into the ‘enthusiast class’ category, bridging the significant gap between the existing RX 7600 and RX 7900 series, which currently stand as the sole options for AMD’s current-gen GPUs.
The news came to light when CEO Lisa Su made an official statement during AMD’s earnings call for the second quarter. Despite facing a notable drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform expectations in a weak PC market. Su revealed, “In gaming graphics, we expanded our Radeon 7000 GPU series in the second quarter, with the launch of our mainstream RX 7600 cards pertaining to gaming. We’re on track to further expand our RDNA 3 GPU offerings with the launch of new enthusiast class Radeon 7000-series cards in the third quarter.”
Industry experts speculate that the upcoming RDNA 3 launches may include models like RX 7700 or RX 7800, though nothing has been confirmed at this stage. Recently, AMD unveiled the vanilla RX 7900, named the 7900 GRE, alongside its existing XT and XTX spins. The RX 7900 GRE comes equipped with 80 Compute Units (CUs), which is four fewer than its counterpart, the 7900 XT.
While the GPU grapevine has been buzzing with rumors about the upcoming RDNA 3 graphics cards, clarity remains elusive. Sources suggest that AMD is still deliberating on the naming and pricing of the potential RX 7700 or RX 7800 models, causing uncertainty in the market.
According to insider information from the reliable leaker, Moore’s Law is Dead (MLID) on YouTube, AMD is likely to announce two new RDNA 3 graphics cards, with a possibility of a third, at Gamescom, which is scheduled for late August. These graphics cards are expected to hit the market in September. The front-runners for the new releases are expected to be the RX 7700 and RX 7800, though an XT spin might also be in the cards. Alternatively, both models could be XT variants, without any vanilla releases. This unusual level of uncertainty points to AMD’s ongoing deliberations over its product lineup.
Rumors surrounding the pricing strategy suggest that AMD aims to be aggressive, potentially offering a competitive edge over its rivals. In light of Nvidia’s RTX 4060 offerings facing challenges in sales, AMD sees an opportunity to seize a significant share of the mid-range and upper-mid-range market. With an optimistic outlook, gaming enthusiasts hope that Team Red will deliver on its promise and introduce cutting-edge graphics cards that cater to their needs. As the wait for the official announcement continues, the gaming community eagerly anticipates what AMD has in store for them.