It looks like AMD is getting ready to launch the next part in their RDNA2/RX 6000 family of video cards. This afternoon the company sent out a save the date invitation to the press and public, announcing that the company will be holding a Radeon-related announcement next Wednesday, March the 3rd. And with a picture of a previously unseen Radeon video card included with the announcement, AMD is leaving little ambiguity about their plans.

The event, officially dubbed “Where Gaming Begins Episode 3”, will be another Radeon-focused event, where AMD will “introduce the newest addition to the Radeon RX family of high-performance graphic cards.” AMD’s previous two WGB events have been pre-recorded presentations, so we’re expecting the same here.

The cornerstone of the announcement will be the introduction of a new Radeon video card. Essentially giving us half of the product announcement up-front, AMD has also posted a short, looping video of the card, highlighting the fairly sizable card and its open air cooler with dual axial fans. Given this, we’re almost certainly looking at what will be a Radeon RX 6700 card. AMD started the RDNA2 family with the top cards and GPU (Navi 21) first, so this is the next step in the expected filtering down of RDNA2 into cheaper video cards.

We’ll find out more about the card next week of course, but I would expect to see it positioned to compete against NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 series, with today’s announcement by AMD clearly intended to be a bit of a spoiler ahead of NVIDIA’s launch tomorrow. Currently AMD’s product stack stops at the $579 RX 6800, so it will be interesting to see just where this upcoming video card lands – if it’ll be positioned closer to the $400 RTX 3060 Ti, or the (nominally) $329 RTX 3060. AMD and NVIDIA’s GPUs have been slightly out of alignment this generation, as evidenced by Navi 21’s performance, so I won’t be too surprised if this next Navi GPU (Navi 22) similarly floats between NVIDIA’s GA106 and GA104.

Finally, I suspect we’ll hear some software-related news from AMD as well. The company has demonstrated an aptness for bundling software news into these hardware announcements, looking to make the most of these large, highly visible product launches. So I don’t expect AMD to solely talk about the new video card for 15+ minutes.

At any rate, we’ll find out more on March 3rd at 11am ET. So please join us then for the full details on AMD’s next Radeon video card.

Source: AMD

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  • liquid_c - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    Ah, good! Another stockless paper launch, goody!! Reply
  • eva02langley - Thursday, February 25, 2021 - link

    Not a paperlaunch, the problem is the demand is like 10 time fold over Radeon cards in comparison with previous releases. Now Nvidia owners will actually buy one if they can't get an Ampere card, something that never happened lately. Reply
  • maxheadroom - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    Yay! Can't wait to never be able to actually buy one. Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    Yay! Let's get popcorn and browse the out of stock messages together! Reply
  • Hulk - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    New or even semi-new GPU's don't exist outside of Borg mining collectives. It's all vaporware. Reply
  • Targon - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    It's not vaporware, but they ARE difficult to get. I managed to grab a Powercolor Fighter 6800 off Newegg Business a few weeks ago. Reply
  • powerarmour - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    Cool, can't wait for the review... Reply
  • shabby - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    Lol i see what you did there Reply
  • Targon - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    The Radeon 5700XT was a 40CU and sold for $400, so I wouldn't be surprised if a 6700XT is also set for that same $400 price point. Since it looks like the 5700XT is already faster than the 3060, it may be entertaining to see how this plays out. Reply
  • mrvco - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - link

    Ha, I'm glad I bought my 5700 XT back when they were still only $400 NIB. QHD 4EVA CLUB :p Reply

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