AMD’s Big Navi tease in Fortnite hints that next-gen GPUs could be imminent
05 September 2020
Are the Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs ready to roll?
(Image credit: AMD)
AMD’s Big Navi graphics card
might be just around the corner, or at least we spotted a hint of that being a possibility, courtesy of a teaser in Fortnite.
Streamer GinaDarling found an Easter egg in the battle royale which proclaims: “Something big is coming to the AMD battle arena.”
So, that would appear to be a direct reference to
Navi, and the other interesting point here, as
notes, is that she had to enter a passcode into the in-game terminal to receive the message – and that code was ‘6000’. So again, this appears to be a reference to AMD’s range of incoming GPUs, or more specifically the likelihood that Big Navi will be Radeon 6000 series cards.
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Scott Herkelman, VP and general manager of AMD Radeon, chipped in to reply to Gina on Twitter saying “Nice job finding the easter egg!” confirming its legitimacy as a teaser, but of course, this very much has the vibe of a staged event.
Naturally, it’s prompted some excitement given that this could indicate AMD is starting to ramp up to the big launch of its next-gen graphics cards, which is expected to happen before the end of 2020.
Grabbing back some hype?
Then again, given the
major impact Nvidia has just made
with its RTX 3000 GPU launch – these graphics cards look seriously tasty, with the
RTX 3080 easily coping with 4K gaming at max details
– perhaps this stunt is simply AMD’s way of grabbing back some hype and attention for itself at a difficult time.
However, given that there are only a few months left in this year anyway, you would hope the launch of Big Navi graphics cards is coming sooner rather than later. Indeed, previous rumors have
pointed to October
, so who knows, the GPUs could be revealed sooner than you think – although we haven’t heard anything from the grapevine on the launch lately.
Whatever the case, as we discussed earlier today, there are various reasons why it may be prudent to
wait for AMD to make its Big Navi move
before you buy the GeForce RTX 3080 – which will be the first GPU to be unleashed on the world by Nvidia come September 17.
Then again, you may have no choice but to sit tight and wait, considering all the speculation contending that
stock of Nvidia’s RTX 3080 (and 3090) will be very thin on the ground
at launch (and inventory levels may not pick up until 2021, or that’s the pessimistic rumor anyway).
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