AMD Big Navi live blog: is this the AMD vs Nvidia battle royale?

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We have been waiting for AMD Big Navi, or more specifically RDNA 2, for months now. AMD’s next-generation graphics card architecture has constantly been hinted to by Team Red as its answer to Nvidia at the high-end, supposedly providing true 4K gaming performance. 

And, because it’s the same architecture behind both the PS5 and Xbox Series X, there is an idea that game developers will have an easier time optimizing for AMD’s PC graphics cards, too.

But either way all of the rumors and speculation ends today, as AMD finally lifts the veil from its new graphics card lineup. Will there be competition all the way to the top? Will AMD have an answer to the supremely good-value RTX 3070? We’ll just have to wait and see. 

AMD Big Navi live blog: let’s gooooooooooo

All times are in EST

[11:15am]: If AMD can meaningfully challenge Nvidia at the high end, it means I’ll have a choice over which brand of graphics card I run Bugsnax, and only Bugsnax, on. 

[11:03am]: It’s admittedly a longshot but it would be pretty cool if AMD could announce a technology like Nvidia Broadcast today. I swear, that software has been a lifesaver during the pandemic for me, personally.

[10:55am]: I wonder if the reveal of AMD’s ray tracing graphics cards will have ray tracing.

[10:45am]: I still think the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT are some of the most underrated graphics cards in history. Remember when they played chicken with Nvidia in terms of pricing and got Team Green to lower the prices on the RTX Super cards in July 2019? Good times. Hopefully that happens again this time around with the Ampere cards. 

[9:50am]: Alright, got some coffee and am functionally awake, can’t wait to see whether or not AMD can live up to the expectations. Both the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 kind of blew me away, so it would be kind of awesome if AMD had a definitive answer. 

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