AMD disrupts the Nvidia RTX 4000 launch party by announcing the RDNA 3 GPU

We just found out on Twitter that AMD’s RDNA 3 graphics cards will be released on November 3.

AMD’s Senior VP and General Manager for Graphics, Team Red’s Scott Herkelman, tweeted the announcement date and promised more information on the upcoming RX 7000 graphics processing units (GPUs) in the near future.

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This RDNA 3 release also happens to occur on the third day of the month, but its significance here is enhanced by the fact that today marks the day of Nvidia’s own next-gen unveiling.

You’ve probably heard that Nvidia will be holding a GeForce event at GTC, and based on the heavy hints that have been dropped, it’s safe to assume that the company will be unveiling a new RTX 4090 GPU, among other things.

This tweet from AMD comes just two hours before Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang’s GTC keynote, suggesting that Team Red is trying to steal the spotlight and remind gamers that the RTX 4000 won’t be their only choice in the near future.

It was a sneaky attempt to steal the spotlight

In the tech industry, it’s not unusual for one company to try to steal the spotlight from another. However, AMD’s decision to end its interference so close to Nvidia’s Lovelace launch comes off as rather unsportsmanlike. In other words, the gloves appear to be coming off in the battle of the next-gen GPUs….

Intriguingly, the news of an RDNA 3 reveal follows a recent rumour that AMD will achieve incredible boost speeds of close to 4GHz with the RX 7000 range. The information should be taken with a grain of salt, but it does hint at some seriously fast GPUs, and this time right before Nvidia’s launch.

Keep in mind that the RTX 4090 from Nvidia is said to be hitting shelves next month; we’ll find out if this is true very soon. The question is, how long will it be after AMD’s RDNA 3 reveal on November 3 before next-gen graphics cards are available for purchase? Although the other cards that will be announced are still a mystery, it appears that Nvidia will have a sales head start of around a month, at least for the flagship GPU. Reports point to the RTX 4090 and two RTX 4080 models (with 12GB and 16GB of VRAM, and some other major differences potentially).

We might not see more affordable next-gen models until next year, and it’s possible that Nvidia will follow suit, though their flagship products are expected to launch later in November. We may see the RTX 4060 and 4070 in 2019.

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