AMD announces that “Something BIG is coming” on June 8th – Graphics – News
Something BIG and blue
AMD has released a new teaser video on YouTube. The video is titled “Something BIG is coming (short)”. Thankfully, the brief video is quite revealing, offering some up-close detail on a new graphics card in blue livery. Based on the footage in the video, we can be sure what AMD is teasing is a new professional graphics card, or two.
More information can be gleaned from the email sent by AMD to announce this event. In the email, there is a URL, as VideoCardz discovered, specifically mentioning two new GPUs; the AMD Radeon Pro W6800 and W6600.
These new graphics cards will be built around AMD’s Navi 21 GPU (something BIG), and in the video you’ll be able to see some nice angles from one of these powerful content creator targeting components. For example, it’s easy to recognize that the new graphics card in the video teaser sports six Mini DP ports on its backplate.
AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) goes further
Returning to the AMD Computex event earlier in the week, it was nice to finally get a decent amount of detail on AMD’s FSR – an open, cross-platform solution that’s characterized as Red Team’s response to the DLSS.
One of the many attractions of FSR is that AMD has not sought to restrict its use by gamers with older GPUs or even other architectures. We have the impression that if it works it works, no arbitrary block is present.
With the above in mind, some were surprised to learn that the technology supported Radeon GPUs as early as the RX 500 series. What about the RX 400 series – based essentially on the same Polaris GPUs ? Fortunately, a member of the AMD Reddit community team stepped in to let AMD fans know that FSR support “will include Radeon RX 470 and RX 480”.
Earlier this week, we learned that Intel is also considering optimizing FSR.