AMD Is Refreshing The RDNA GPU Line-Up This Year


By now you might already know that AMD will be releasing the new generation of RDNA 2 GPUs this year, but the tech company is also considering a refresh of its existing RDNA graphics cards, also known as the Navi series. This means that we could be seeing refreshed versions of the RX 5700 XT, RX 5700, and possibly the RX 5600 XT and RX 5500 XT.

AMD's first RDNA graphics cards were launched last year in July. The RDNA graphics cards were based on a new architecture and were the first GPUs from AMD that did not use the company's Graphics Core Next architecture. Having set a strong foundation with the RDNA line-up, the graphics card manufacturer is intended to release the newer RDNA 2 graphics cards in 2020. The RDNA 2 graphics cards are going to be based on the 7nm+ process node, offering better performance and efficiency. Those cards are expected to scream "high-end." However, AMD's CEO Lisa Su has confirmed that the company will also be refreshing the first-generation Navi GPUs this year.

In the financial year 2019 earning call, Su confirmed that AMD will be launching the new line-up of the RDNA 2 GPUs in 2020, but what sparked our interest is what she said about the existing RDNA GPUs.

According to Wccftech, Su was quoted saying "In 2019, we launched our new architecture in GPUs, it’s the RDNA architecture, and that was the Navi based products. You should expect that those will be refreshed in 2020".

We aren't sure what these refreshments for the Navi gen-1 line could be like, but there sure are some amazing possibilities. In the past, AMD has refreshed many of its own notable GPUs, including the RX 200 series, which was refreshed in the RX 300, RX 400 and RX 500 generations of graphics cards. With each refreshment, we saw a slight improvement in performance.

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