One of the most welcome surprises stemming from NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series announcement was lower-than-expected prices. The GeForce RTX 3080, for instance, is launching later this month for “only” $699 – the same MSRP as its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 2080 – despite being significantly more powerful. We weren’t the only ones that took notice.
According to coretek’s AIB sources, AMD is changing its pricing plans for “Big Navi” due to NVIDIA’s sudden bout of generosity. Red team was going to release its (presumably flagship) 16 GB Radeon RX 6000 Series GPU at $599, but to better compete with green team, these cards may launch at $549 instead. That’s a $50 savings, which is a nice chunk of change.
"They [AMD] want to release the 16GB at $599 and the 8GB at $499 but after the Ampere announcement I'm expecting $549 for the 16GB and $499 for the 8GB. We're receiving the ASIC (GPU+MEM) this month [September]" – AMD partner pic.twitter.com/tLd6Fe36Or— coreteks (@coreteks) September 4, 2020
Coreteks also mentioned an 8 GB model in his original tweet but later corrected himself, claiming that there are only 16 GB versions in the works. Supposedly, none of them will feature any type of high-bandwidth memory (HBM), either.
Correction, there's no 8GB model (afaik). This was lost in translation as we were also discussing how AMD will probably promote Big Navi having 16GB versus the 3070's 8GBs. Sorry for the confusion! – btw source also said an HBM version for consumer is not planned 🙁 https://t.co/Umm9Ns8nZW— coreteks (@coreteks) September 4, 2020