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AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Reveal Liveblog

This is our liveblog for AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series reveal. Join us as we analyze the reveal of AMD’s upcoming RDNA2 GPUs in real time. The presentation starts at 12 PM EST.

Event
Radeon RX 6000 Reveal
Start time
12 PM EST
Event status
Finished
Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:31

Anyways, that's it for the liveblog, thank you all for reading. Catch you later.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:30

I have mixed feelings about RX 6000 but it will certainly receive a warm welcome from most.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:30

RX 6000 series certainly is no 200 series since it's so expensive, but AMD has tried and tried and tried to make cheaper GPUs and they have not benefitted from it, so I can see why they have decided to stop doing that.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:29

AMD also mentioned ray tracing quite a bit but nothing about ray tracing performance. I strongly suspect AMD loses here but still delivers enough ray tracing throughput to be playable. So maybe 2080Ti level or a little better.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:28

The price is much higher than I expected, especially for the 6900XT. The 6800 and 6800XT are eeking out just slight victories in price to performance against the 3070 and 3080. The 6900XT is at least significantly cheaper than the 3090 while I suppose having a memory configuration that's still sufficient.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:27

The TBP disappoints me a little, but that's not exactly the same as total power consumption, so hopefully we see AMD beat Nvidia pretty well in this arena. They should given that they have the better node by far.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:27

Okay, so I have a few opinions.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:26

And it's over.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:26

Oh and RX 6800 series launches November 18th.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:26

AMD seems to be claiming the best CPU and GPU crowns at the same time now.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:26

I don't think people asked for the prices but this is what happens I guess.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:25

"You asked for AMD to make high end GPUs, and we're doing just that"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:25

$1000. December 8th release.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:25

Forza 4 is a very good win for AMD at 4K.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:25

Some wins and losses and ties.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:25

6900XT matches the 3090 just about.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:25

So the 6900XT has very good binning.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:24

6900XT shows 65% performance per watt improvement over RDNA.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:24

Full 80 CUs, same clock speed as 6800XT. Same power. Same cache.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:24

Same size as 6800XT.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:23

6900XT revealed now.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:23

Lisa Su saying 6800XT was shown at Ryzen 5000 reveal.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:23

In more ways than one!

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:23

"This is the power of RDNA2"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:23

Lisa Su returns.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:22

$580.

Donny Stanley
October 28, 2020
12:22

This looks to be a real threat to the 3070, if the price is right. EDIT: $579. That's higher than the 3070 by quite a bit.

Donny Stanley
October 28, 2020
12:22

This looks to be a real threat to the 3070, if the price is right.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:22

Very competent against the 2080Ti, significant wins.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:22

But it should be a 3070 competitor too.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:22

Oddly enough they are comparing it to the 2080Ti.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:22

6800. 60 CUs, 1.8 GHz, 2.1 boost, 128 MB cache, 16 GB, 250 watts.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:21

6800XT $650.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:21

The stage itself is quite reflective though, nice touch.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:21

AMD is certainly not shying away from ray tracing but I don't see any performance figures....

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:20

So World of Warcraft is getting ray tracing.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:20

The gist is that RX 6000 is great and the new features are great and so on. Par for the course talk.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:20

It looks like a montage of all the devs of the games AMD teased for its presentation.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:19

Far Cry 6 devs now speaking.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:18

Now Godfall being shown off with RX 6000.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:18

35 games with FidelityFX.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:18

For AMD's sake I hope it doesn't end up like TressFX vs. Hairworks.

Kirk Johnson
October 28, 2020
12:18

Working on a "Super Resolution feature"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:18

So FidelityFX is truly AMD's answer to RTX.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:17

DX12 Ultimate support and FidelityFX.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:17

Herkelman also reiterates Radeon Boost tech but I don't think it is being updated.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:16

Radeon Anti Lag gets an update.

Donny Stanley
October 28, 2020
12:16

Interesting synergy between the RX 6000 and Ryzen 5000 series here.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:15

Latency is also reduced it seems.

Kirk Johnson
October 28, 2020
12:15

Smart Access Memory with 500-series mobo chipset.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:15

No optimization necessary to see uplift.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:15

About 10% gain in performance, not bad.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:15

GPU and CPU have equal access to GPU memory.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:15

AMD Smart Access memory with Ryzen CPUs.

Kirk Johnson
October 28, 2020
12:14

Rage Mode = one-click Overclocking

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:14

New feature, one click overclocking "rage mode"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:14

So tying at 4K, winning more or less at 1440p.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:14

Gap widens at 1440p.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:13

Some minor losses, mostly ties, but a couple of decent wins.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:13

6800XT matches or beats the 3080.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:13

Does 60 FPS at 4K in every game they're showing.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:13

"Just 300 watts"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:12

300 watt TBP though!

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:12

16 GB GDDR6 of course.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:12

RX 6800XT. 72 CUs, 2 GHz, 2.2 GHz boost, 128 MB cache.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:11

Scott Herkelman on the stage.

Donny Stanley
October 28, 2020
12:11

"2x 5700 XT" performance.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:11

In line with our expectations.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:11

Big Navi about 2x as fast as Navi 10.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:11

Also Directstorage is supported.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:10

AMD partnered with Microsoft to deliver new features like raytracing and VRS.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:10

54% more efficient than RDNA.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:10

30% clock speed increase.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:10

More than twice the bandwidth of 384 bit bus with no cache.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:09

High speed cache based on Zen 3 cache allows AMD to use a slimmer bus.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:09

256 bit bus with Infinity Cache.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:09

CUs have better clock control, pipe rebalancing, and more efficient data movement.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:08

Higher performance CUs, Infinity Cache, high speed design, advanced features for RDNA2.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:08

AMD again reiterates CPU design expertise leading to GPU design success.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:07

RDNA2 shipping Q4 2020.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:07

"GCN was great, but graphics had to be rethought"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:07

Laura Smith takes over.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:06

28.6 billion transistors.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:06

Big Navi is shown now.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:06

I can't show an image but you will see later that it's kind of two squares connected.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:06

The RDNA2 GPU looks like two Navi 10s stuck together, quite odd.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:06

Lisa Su says RX 6000 is ready to compete in the high end.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:05

So AMD definitely wants to tie in the reputation of Ryzen with the reputation of Radeon.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:05

Ryzen 5000 again touted as the best for gaming period.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:05

2020 is apparently the "year of the gamer"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:04

So this should be a banger of a launch if it can deliver.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:04

Full stack of RX 6000 I think she said.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:04

"Ryzen 5000 launch was the most watched AMD video in history"

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:04

Lisa Su on the stage.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:04

No HBM2, looks like it's all GDDR6.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:03

And there's a shot of the GPU.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:03

Oh and World of Warcraft Shadowlands.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:03

Nothing really high profile other than Dirt 5 and Far Cry 6.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:03

Okay so we're just starting with a montage of all the games AMD is showing alongside the RX 6000 series.

Donny Stanley
October 28, 2020
12:02

That said, I would be surprised if we hear anything about the '6700 XT' just yet.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:02

And here we go.

Donny Stanley
October 28, 2020
12:01

I believe per the leaks, we're expecting three SKUs to be announced today.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:01

That isn't even counting people reading liveblogs or watching live reactions from people like Coreteks and Good Old Gamer.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:00

Should be noted that 131 thousand people are watching the stream.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
12:00

Starts in 2 minutes.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
11:59

And the presentation is due to start in just minutes or even seconds.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
11:58

Unfortunately I'm not privy to the specs of the upcoming GPUs (unlike Ryzen 5000) so I don't know exactly what to expect.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
11:56

In general, I'd say AMD has done a fairly good job of keeping things under wraps with RX 6000. I think we have a fairly good idea of what we're about to see but not with the amount of certainty we enjoyed in respect to Ampere or even Zen 3.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
11:55

Unfortunately we don't have any exclusive RDNA2 coverage for you to read while you wait.

Matthew Connatser
October 28, 2020
11:55

Hey everyone, we're just about 5 minutes from the start of the presentation.

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