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AMD announces that they will make some announcements in October.

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They're going to announce something or other about Zen 3 (next gen CPUs) on October 8, and then something about RDNA 2 (next gen GPUs) on October 28.* They've also announced that the latter will be marketed as the Radeon RX 6000 series.

It's not clear exactly what they'll announce.* These likely won't be actual product launches.* It could easily be something analogous to Nvidia's Ampere announcements from last week.

On the CPU side, AMD is pretty much the market leader already.* Zen 3 will probably extend their advantage, and may finally erase Intel's edge in strictly single-threaded performance if you buy their top end chips.* I expect that Zen 3 will offer increased performance at about the same price points as before.

On the GPU side, AMD is promising a 50% increase in performance per watt as compared to RDNA.* It's not clear how that will compare to Ampere, but it's likely that they'll be competitive.* AMD has also promised that there will be a big Navi chip, which they didn't do for their previous generation, so it's likely that AMD will have something competitive higher up the chain than they have in recent generations.

I think there are some clues in Nvidia's Ampere pricing.* Nvidia is charging $1500 for a GeForce RTX 3090, but $700 for an RTX 3080.* To have the cut-down version cost less than half of the price of the top GeForce card is very unusual, and I can't think of any previous generation that did anything remotely similar.* There are two obvious explanations:

1)* Yields are terrible and Nvidia will hardly be able to build any RTX 3090s, so they have to charge an enormous price to keep them in stock, or
2)* Nvidia expects to have monopoly pricing power on the RTX 3090 but not the RTX 3080.* That is, they expect AMD to have a GPU that is competitive with the RTX 3080 but nothing that can touch the RTX 3090 anytime soon.

It's not clear how big of a lineup AMD will launch with RDNA 2.* There will be the consoles, of course.* But it might just be a single, large chip that is their new flagship, while they continue to sell (and possibly rebrand) older cards for their lower end parts.* Similarly, it's not clear how much of a lineup Nvidia will offer with Ampere.* I'm halfway expecting them to keep the GeForce GTX 1600 series around for quite some time and not have an Ampere replacement in that price or performance range.

A big Navi chip, like any other big chip, won't be cheap, of course.* Or at least, not unless AMD is forced to sell it for much less than they intended because the chip isn't competitive.* If it's competitive with an RTX 3080 on performance, it probably will be on, price, too.* Meaning, expect to pay about $700 or so for the top card, not $400.
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