AMD Teases Radeon 6000 ‘Big Navi’ Graphics Cards With Fortnite Easter Egg – PCMag

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What could be better than Nvidia’s newest graphics cards, the RTX 3000 series? Well, AMD might have something to say about that. 

The company is teasing the arrival of the Radeon RX 6000 GPU series with an Easter egg inside the hit game Fortnite. Gamer Gina Darling noticed it while visiting AMD’s Battle Arena in Fortnite. After entering a phone booth inside one of the maps, her character was transported to a secret “AMD Radeon” room that contains a special console.  

After entering the numbers “6000” into the console, the room then displayed the words “Something Big Is Coming to the AMD Battle Arena.” 

The key word is “Big,” an apparent reference to the “Big Navi” graphics cards AMD has been indicating would arrive some time this year to address the high-end PC gaming market. 

On Twitter, executives with AMD confirmed the Fortnite Easter egg, and hinted there were more hidden secrets concerning the upcoming GPUs. “Right under your noses 🙂 got to wonder what else we’ve already put out there that you just haven’t discovered yet…” tweeted Frank Azor, AMD’s chief architect of gaming solutions and marketing. 

The teaser heralds a heated GPU battle between Nvidia and AMD over which company can offer the best bang-for-your-buck graphics cards. Last year’s Radeon RX 5700 XT from AMD currently ranks as one of our top picks for gaming GPUs. 

However, Nvidia is poised to shake up the market with the RTX 3000 series, which will bring some major performance improvements at reasonable costs. For example, the RTX 3070 is arriving next month for $499 and promises to be faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, which is currently priced at $1,200 to $1,300.

We’re crossing our fingers AMD can respond in kind. Rumors are already circulating online the company will need to keep the Radeon RX 6000 series priced low to stay competitive.

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