AMD’s relationship with the high-end of PC graphics cards has been a strained one of late, to say the least. It’s been a good many years since the Radeon side of the graphics divide has been able to put up a top-end GPU that can compete with its Nvidia rivals in the upper echelons of the gaming market.
There was hope, and hype, the Vega GPUs of last year would be the cards to change that, and for the months leading up to their launch we honestly thought there might be a chance it would happen. Sadly, the hype hasn’t matched up to the reality of the overpriced and underpowered RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics cards.
And that has, in turn, meant that Dr. Lisa Su’s continued claims that AMD will be competitive at the high-end of the graphics market have been met with a certain amount of skepticism. We’ve long expected that the next-gen AMD Navi GPU architecture will be a replacement for the existing mainstream Polaris silicon, but should we be listening a little closer to what the AMD CEO and her corporate execs have been saying?