It is official, Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, has confirmed that the Radeon RDNA 2 will arrive on the market later this year, and that they will share the limelight with Zen 3, the new CPU architecture of the Sunnyvale company that, as we know, will maintain the 7nm process and focus your improvements in the CPI and efficiency.
We knew that the Radeon RDNA 2 will have hardware to accelerate ray tracing, in fact these GPUs will bring new generation consoles, PS5 and Xbox Series X to life, but according to new information this feature will be limited to high-end graphics cardsThat is, it will not be present in the mid-range and lower-middle range models.
I know what you are thinking, does it make sense? The truth is that yes, in fact it is an approach similar to that followed by NVIDIA with RTX 20 series, which accelerate ray tracing by hardware, and the GTX 16, lacking such functionality, but why would AMD have made that decision? Well, very simple, because the ray tracing is green, and not all users are willing to spend extra money to enjoy this technology.
Radeon RDNA 2 with and without ray tracing: the benefits of diversifying
I personally believe that it would be a success on the part of AMD carry out that breakdown at two different levels. Launching a set of high-end Radeon RDNA 2 graphics cards with ray tracing acceleration and supplementing it with a group of mid-range and lower-mid-range Radeon RDNA 2 graphics cards without ray tracing gives consumers more choice, and enables AMD to cover the market more effectively.
We still do not know for sure what performance the Radeon RDNA 2 will offer working with ray tracing, but if we get carried away by what we saw in the demo of Minecraft RTX on Xbox Series X, which assembles a Radeon RDNA 2 GPU with 3,328 shaders, it is clear that the rumors that AMD was going to overwhelm NVIDIA they were not true at all.
I don’t want to seem negative, actually I’d like AMD to outperform NVIDIA in ray tracing performance for a ‘war’ to occur in the high-performance graphics card sector that makes that the prices go down, but unfortunately I see it unlikely.