Rumor: AMD Navi RX 3080 to Launch Mid 2019 & Take On RTX 2080

Dec 8, 2018

AMD is allegedly readying an RX 3000 Series 7nm based graphics card featuring its upcoming Navi 10 GPU that’s going to compete with NVIDIA’s RTX by summer of 2019.

The past week has been a little crazy with two massive bombshell leaks dropping virtually out of nowhere overnight detailing 10 different 7nm Ryzen 3000 series processors, including a 16 core, 5.1 GHz monster chip, and 3 different Navi based 7nm RX 3000 series graphics cards that are set to be announced at CES a month from now, the fastest of which is said to deliver RTX 2070 class performance at half the price.

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Unlike last week’s leak, which came via one of youtubes’ more solid leakers AdoredTV, this latest rumor comes via overclock3d who spotted it on the infamous Chinese Chiphell forums. So before we proceed I feel compelled to urge you to Sprinkle a bunch of salt on this one, because it’s definitely going to be hard to swallow.

Rumor : Navi 10 Powered AMD Radeon RX 3080 to Compete With RTX 2080 at The High-End

With that established, let’s take a look at the details that this rumor alleges. The source alleges that AMD’s Navi 10 GPU will deliver high-end performance at “surprising” power efficiency. The alleged leaker didn’t provide any more detail regarding power, other than that it will be very frugal.

They also allege that AMD is planning to use Navi 10 to “compete” with NVIDIA’s RTX 2080.  Whether that means generally offering a high-end Radeon alternative to NVDIA’s big guns or actually deliver comparable performance to the 2080 is to be seen.

Navi 10 – Low Power, High-End Performance, No Ray Tracing

It’s important to point out that this claim goes somewhat contrary to the previous leak, which we regard as more credible, pegging the RX 3080, powered by Navi 10, as an RTX 2070 competitor rather than a rival to the RTX 2080.

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The third and final detail shared by Chiphell’s Wjm47196 is that Navi 10 will not feature any ray tracing specific hardware. Which is plausible, given how ray tracing hasn’t been a priority for the company and the Navi architecture itself was largely completed by the end of 2017.

Again guys, sprinkle a few handfuls of salt on this one. I know I’m repeating myself here, but with these Chiphell rumors you really have to. Share with us what you think about this rumor in the comments below. Do you think we’ll actually see an RTX 2080 competitor out of Navi 10?

Alleged AMD Radeon RX 3000 Series Specifications

Graphics Card GPU Compute Units VRAM TDP Performance Class
RX 3090 XT Navi 20 64 - 225W Radeon VII + 10% $500 US
RX 3090 Navi 20 60 - 180W ~Radeon VII $430 US
RX 3080 XT Navi 10 56 - 190W ~RTX 2070 $330 US
RX 3080 Navi 10 52 8GB GDDR6 175W Vega 64 +10% $280 US
RX 3070 XT Navi 10 48 - 160W Vega 64 $250 US
RX 3070 Navi 12 40 8GB GDDR6 130W Vega 56 $200 US
RX 3060 Navi 12 32 4GB GDDR6 75W RX 580 $140 US
Which RX 3000 Series Graphics Card Would You Most Likely Buy?