Turns out AMD isn’t done with the Navi 21/22 dies just yet. The chipmaker plans on launching a refresh of the higher-end Radeon RX 6000 series in the coming months. As per reputed sources (below), the Radeon RX 6950 XT, 6850XT, and the 6750 XT will land sometime in the second quarter of 2022. Although based on the same N7 node as Navi 21/22, these dies are an RTA (re-tape out) paired with faster 18Gbps GDDR6 memory chips. In my personal opinion, relaunching the entire higher-end Navi 2X lineup is kind of pointless. It’s more likely that AMD will simply launch the RX 6950 XT (to rival the RTX 3090 Ti) and call it a day.
As seen across various markets, the Radeon RX 6900 XT has been selling rather well, well over the MSRP of $999. Launching a higher-priced flagship with marginally better performance would significantly increase AMD’s profits from the enthusiast GPU segments.
Looking forward to Q4, the Ryzen 7000 CPUs and Radeon RX 7000 GPUs should launch sometime in the early half of the quarter. As reported a short while back, the Navi 31/32 dies will leverage both the N5, N6 nodes while the Navi 33 die will fall back to the N6 process. This makes it possible that the lower-end Radeon RX 7000 GPUs might be refreshes fabbed on the 6nm node.