AMD’s last batch of new graphics cards, the midrange Radeon RX 5700 series, didn’t wow with their designs or high-end performance — but the new Radeon RX 6000 looks like it could actually be the long-awaited answer to Nvidia’s flagship graphics cards.
When I say “looks like,” I mean it quite literally, though: AMD revealed the design of its new card on Twitter today, and its triple-fan, giant shroud, and twin 8-pin power connectors show it’s visually ready to play the part.
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It’s a more refined look than its previous flagship Radeon VII, too. Though maybe that’s because it’s a dead ringer for the Nvidia RTX 2080 only with one more fan?
Remarkably, AMD is letting you check out a full render of the card in its own Fortnite island, though we don’t expect many surprises that you can’t already see in the full, high-res image below:
Nvidia offered a similar tease for its RTX 3090 design ahead of its recent GPU reveals, and we recently took a longer look at the RTX 3080 design as well.
AMD should be formally revealing the RX 6000 series at an event on October 28th, well after the $700 Nvidia RTX 3080 and also after the $500 RTX 3070, which Nvidia quietly announced is set to arrive October 15th. Perhaps it’s worth waiting to see what kind of performance AMD’s card has up its sleeve. The new GPUs will share the same GPU architecture as the PS5 and Xbox Series S and X, by the way.
Update September 15th, 11:15 AM ET: Added October 15th release date for RTX 3070 and how the AMD card looks like an RTX 2080.