14 December 2017
2017 has been a very fertile year for AMD as the company’s products such as the Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper processors have made quite a mark in the PC CPU market equally rivaling the Intel chipsets. However, in the GPU department, the RX Vega graphics card couldn’t hold up the rivals with a single custom unit. To overcome this, the company is now reported to release its new generation professional graphics card called ‘Navi’ at the SIGGRAPH 2018 in August 2018.
The Navi GPU is expected to be fabricated on a 7nm process based on high-performance ASIC fabrication. So now the question arises, why the rush? The natural guess would go in favor of AMD battling for supremacy against the GeForce GTX 10 series. NVIDIA is reported to be gearing up for the launch of its GTX 1070 Ti GPU this holiday season along with several other Authorized Board Partners (ABPs) joining in as well.
So, if AMD doesn’t get custom AIB variants sorted before that, it might be too late for the Vega GPU. The series needs some kind of refresh that would fill up the gap between the current and upcoming generation of graphics units. Right now, the Vega is no match against the NVIDIA Pascal series and if AMD decides to launch Navi right now, it might have to forego any form o Vega refresh. This move could be risky and hit the company back in its face even if the GPUs prove to be on point. Only the upcoming future would tell us about AMD’s plans. Till then, we just have to wait and watch.