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Preparing to close out a major month of announcements for AMD -- and to open the door to the next era of architectures across the company -- AMD wrapped up its final keynote presentation of the month by announcing their Radeon RX 6000 series of video cards. From a report: Hosted once more by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, AMD's hour-long keynote revealed the first three parts in AMD's new RDNA2 architecture video card family: the Radeon RX 6800 ($579), 6800 XT ($649), and 6900 XT ($999). The core of AMD's new high-end video card lineup, AMD means to do battle with the best of the best out of arch-rival NVIDIA. And we'll get to see first-hand if AMD can retake the high-end market on November 18th, when the first two cards hit retail shelves. AMD's forthcoming video card launch has been a long time coming for the company, and one they've been teasing particularly heavily. For AMD, the Radeon RX 6000 series represents the culmination of efforts from across the company as everyone from the GPU architecture team and the semi-custom SoC team to the Zen CPU team has played a role in developing AMD's latest GPU technology. All the while, these new cards are AMD's best chance in at least half a decade to finally catch up to NVIDIA at the high-end of the video card market. So understandably, the company is jazzed -- and in more than just a marketing manner -- about what the RX 6000 means. Anchoring the new cards is AMD's RDNA2 GPU architecture. RDNA2 is launching near-simultaneously across consoles and PC video cards next month, where it will be the backbone of some 200 million video game consoles plus countless AMD GPUs and APUs to come. Accordingly, AMD has pulled out all of the stops in designing it, assembling an architecture that's on the cutting-edge of technical features like ray tracing and DirectX 12 Ultimate support, all the while leveraging the many things they've learned from their successful Zen CPU architectures to maximize RDNA2's performance. RDNA2 is also rare in that it isn't being built on a new manufacturing process, so coming from AMD's earlier RDNA architecture and associated video cards, AMD is relying on architectural improvements to deliver virtually all of their performance gains. Truly, it's AMD's RDNA2 architecture that's going to make or break their new cards.

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