Rumor mill: Whereas there have been rumors that AMD may reveal some refreshed variations of its Radeon RX 6000 collection throughout CES, the one desktop graphics card we noticed was the underwhelming Radeon RX 6500 XT. Nevertheless, rumors recommend that an RDNA 2 refresh continues to be on the playing cards.
Rumors of the Radeon RX 6000 desktop refresh come from prolific leaker Greymon55. They don’t have any particulars past hypothesis that the playing cards will function 18 Gbps reminiscence dies, versus the 16 Gbps GDDR6 chips utilized in all however the upcoming RX 6500 XT and RX 6900 XT LC—a concept that sounds potential.
The much less doubtless declare made by some is that AMD will make the most of the identical 6nm course of used within the Radeon RX 6500 XT for the refreshed RX 6000 line. What we are able to count on, nonetheless, is the playing cards’ TGPs to extend as a result of sooner reminiscence.
AMD appears to be getting ready a brand new model of the RX 6000 collection, I do not know the main points, perhaps an improve to 18Gbps?
— Greymon55 (@greymon55) January 17, 2022
Chiphell leaker wjm47196 additionally believes an RDNA 2 refresh is on the best way. They believe the brand new playing cards will substitute the prevailing Radeon RX 6000 collection and arrive between April and June this yr.
Assuming the rumors are true, the refreshed playing cards may probably act as a stop-gap earlier than AMD’s next-gen RDNA 3-powered GPUs arrive, which many count on will occur late this yr. That’s much like what Nvidia has achieved by releasing the RTX 3080 12GB, which is promoting properly (unsurprisingly) regardless of not providing an enormous efficiency bump over the 10GB authentic, arriving with no pre-release reviews, and costing a fortune.
Along with whether or not this refresh proves real or not, you must marvel how badly the present chip scarcity/scalping/mining points will impression their costs and availability. There was cautious speak of the primary indicators of a restoration not too long ago, with card shipments predicted to increase, easing shortages, and guarantees of improving supply.
There’s additionally the query of how many individuals will purchase these playing cards as a substitute of opting to attend for RDNA 3 or Nvidia’s Lovelace, however given the large ranges of demand, AMD’s unlikely to be fearful.