At a recent AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT product briefing event, Radeon product management head Mithun Chandrasekhar boasted about the capabilities of the upcoming "Big Navi" GPU.
At the event, Chandrasekhar explained away the lack of a high-end video card because AMD first wants to cater to the majority of PC gamers. Chandrasekhar claims that with its current Radeon RX 5000 series, the company is "essentially covering 90-something-percent of the total PC gamers today."
With the Radeon RX 5600 XT, AMD has a capable 1440p card and the tier below that is ideal for 1080p gaming. The thing still lacking in AMD's lineup is a card that can handle 4K gaming. Chandrasekhar hinted that "Big Navi" will disrupt 4K gaming similar to how Ryzen disrupted the CPU market.
But when that promised 4K-capable AMD graphics card does finally arrive – and we’ve been waiting a long time for one – he believes that the red team can be equally disruptive to Nvidia’s hegemony at the top of the graphics card market as the CPU division has been knocking Intel off the top of its performance perch.
“Similar to Ryzen,” he says, “all of us need a thriving Radeon GPU ecosystem. So, are we going after 4K, and going to similarly disrupt 4K? Absolutely, you can count on that. But that’s all I can say right now.”
The new high-end card from AMD is expected later this year. We'll see if this time the company managed to exceed our expectations. If you can still remember it, the last effort, the hugely hyped Vega, fell flat on its face.