points leakers and Twitter users @Komachi_Ensaka I found a very strange AMD Radeon graphics card based on Navi 21 GPU. The graphics card is only equipped with 8GB of memory, which is lower than the 16GB memory usually installed on Navi 21-based Radeon RX 6800/6900 series motherboards.The product was found in User benchmark database.Will this become a new competitor Best graphics card, Or maybe an OEM-only card?
The card in question has the device ID (1002 73BF) and subsystem ID (1002 0E3A) of Navi 21, which matches the AMD Radeon RX 6800 GPU. Assuming that it is not just a erroneous read, or a fake entry, it is also only equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
Rumors about AMD’s intention to build a cheaper Radeon RX 6800 SKU with 8GB of RAM have been circulating for a long time, but AMD has never confirmed it, perhaps because the cost of memory is not an issue it cares about (and its manufacturer’s partners) ) Graphics card) at most. There is also the fact that AMD has emphasized how it provides more memory than Nvidia’s competing RTX 30 series parts, and given the shortage of various components, it may now be forced to return to 8GB.
If AMD is indeed testing and/or considering releasing a Navi 21-based graphics card with 8GB of RAM, then AMD can build it in two ways:
- Use a streamlined version of Navi 21 GPU, enable half of the memory interface, and equip the card with four 16Gb GDDR6 memory chips. This will enable the company to take advantage of its Navi 21 processor and faulty memory controller/PHY and/or reduce the bill of materials (BOM) cost of its cards. The performance of this product at high resolution and requiring more than 8GB of memory may be quite low.
- Use Navi 21 GPU with all memory controllers/interfaces enabled, but install 8Gb GDDR6 chip. This will reduce the card’s BOM, but will again reduce its performance in games/scenes that require 8GB of memory, but the memory bandwidth will remain the same.
AMD can sell such motherboards to OEMs or in specific markets in the form of Radeon RX 6800 LE or Radeon RX 6700 LE, depending on the performance level. According to the results of UserBenchmark, the performance of the card is worse than RX 6800, but better than RX 6700 XT, which makes RX 6800 LE more likely. There is also a price difference of $100 between the two cards, but the recommended retail pricing (SEP) is not important now.
As with all such leaks and rumors, please sprinkle a lot of salt. It may be a prototype, fake or future product. Without sufficient supply, almost any reasonably priced GPU will be welcomed by gamers. We asked AMD to comment, but in general, the response to unreleased graphics cards was “no comment.”