We’re a little more than a month away from the unveiling of the AMD Big Navi graphics card, but Team Red has just graced us with the first look at the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series.
AMD Radeon took to Twitter late Monday afternoon and revealed what appears to be an absolute monster of a graphics card along with a brand new cooler design. And AMD fans can even take a closer look at the map on Fortnite of all things through AMD’s Battle Arena in the same game. If you want to log in and look at the map, you can do so with the code “8651-9841-1639”.
Take a look at the design of the new Radeon RX 6000 series for the first time. Our upcoming @AMD # RDNA2 graphics card has a brand new cooler design, and you can study all the angles on our Fortnite Creative Island yourself. 8651-9841-1639. pic.twitter.com/KGQAOXDivZ September 14, 2020
Fortunately, if you do not want to download Fortnite and navigate to AMD’s custom maps, some friendly users have shared lots of screenshots on Twitter.
I took a few screenshots for anyone interested. The code in the post brought me to a matchmaking hub that had 5877-8461-8283 on the wall pic.twitter.com/pdysKfK7rc September 14, 2020
AMD has not shared anything in terms of specifications or performance, but at least we know for sure that the company is actually going with the Radeon RX 6000 series as a name on the upcoming graphics cards. The rest we just have to wait until October 28th to see for sure.
Let us speculate anyway
While AMD has not shared any hard specs or performance information, that does not mean that we can not learn a little about the upcoming graphics cards by looking at the pictures.
The first thing that is immediately clear is that AMD’s reference card for the card it is – probably the flagship – uses a triple-fan design. This is not exactly a new reason for AMD to cover, 2018’s Radeon VII also had a triple-fan reference design, but that means this is likely to be a bit of a monster graphics card.
For example, the AMD Radeon RX 5000 series, led by the RX 5700 XT, all used reference coolers with a fan style. This decision was not exactly popular, but the cards did not run into much trouble staying cool – at least in our tests. The transition to a triple fan design may be a sign that the graphics card needs more cooling, either because power requirements are much higher, or AMD is really pushing clocks high (or both).
Another thing we can pick up from this image is 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connection. This configuration can deliver up to 375W, so it honestly doesn’t really tell us much about how much juice the graphics card takes – both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 require the same power connectors, even if you need to connect them to a 12-pin adapter for the Founders Edition.
However, it tells us that AMD is not adopting the 12-pin power plug, which is likely to be excellent news for anyone who does not like living the dongle life on their desktop computer.
We are currently downloading Fortnite to see what happens next, but you can rest assured that we will update this article if there are any important details we have missed.