AMD Has Reportedly Pushed Vega GPU Launch Forward To October 2016

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, May 11, 2016 1:00 PM

If the prospect of Pascal and Polaris graphics cards doesn’t get your pulse racing, you may be interested to hear reports that AMD is potentially launching its Vega GPUs as soon as October this year. That’s much earlier than we’d previously anticipated, and it would put AMD’s higher-end graphics cards in prime position to launch alongside Battlefield 1.

The thinking behind it is AMD plans to gazump the performance of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards.

All the evidence right now points at the imminent Polaris graphics cards offering decent performance but at a cut-down price, with an expected huge leap in terms of performance per watt. AMD is keeping its biggest guns for the Vega architecture. Just like Polaris this chip will be manufactured on the 14nm FinFET fabrication process, but it’s here we’ll see the full-fat Fury successors.

Because Polaris is unlikely to take on the GTX 1080 when it comes to brute force performance, AMD is apparently pushing ahead of schedule and getting Vega out the door early. These 5th generation GCN GPUs were originally touted for 2017.

They’ll be the first ever GPUs to come equipped with the next-generation HBM2 memory interface. The switch to HBM2 enables an expected 2048-bit memory interface for Vega 10 in October, before doubling up to 4096-bit for Vega 11 in the first half of 2017.

Confusingly while Polaris 10 is higher-end than Polaris 11, Vega 11 will in fact be the superior, enthusiast GPU in comparison to Vega 10. Vega 10 will reportedly arrive with 4096 stream processors and will go toe-to-toe with GTX 1070 & 1080, while Vega 11 is expected to carry 6144 and will the be extreme Fury X equivalent.

We'll be sure to find out plenty more of AMD's plans in the coming weeks, with a number of graphics cards expected to be revealed later this month. 

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10:59 May-12-2016

well...that's good but still going for pascal and maybe a polaris laptop.

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17:58 May-12-2016

wait, why specifically a polaris laptop and pascal desktop?

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19:40 May-12-2016

Polaris should use less power and give better battery life because it is smaller than Pascal, but that still remains to be seen. nVidia has been the better option for lower power usage for a long time now, but supposedly that is going to change this generation with AMD's Polaris. So far it is all just rumor though. I want to see it for myself.

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09:19 May-13-2016

exactly. but of course it all comes down to if it really works as advertised.

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15:20 May-13-2016

Exactly. Which is why it is best to wait until after both cards have launched to see what is really going on.

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08:35 May-12-2016

Too bad i don`t have patience to wait.


Grabbing a 1080 when it launches, already pre-ordered (unofficial) from a Norwegian retailer.

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09:03 May-12-2016

Some ppl have too much money on their hands :P. I would think a GTX 980TI is enough these days even for 1440p.

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10:55 May-12-2016

Too much money on your hands? There's no such thing my friend. If I could afford to buy (much less pre-order) the 1080 then I would do it in a heartbeat.

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11:25 May-12-2016

Lol. Im not rich. Ive been sponsored and earned my money. Only reason i could afford a 1080 pre-order while keeping my 980Ti is because I sold two 980 G1s a couple of days ago.


I`m 16 and poor, only reason I own this rig is because of sponsoring and working with other folders. (Not earned money from Folding, only by other guys folding)

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16:20 May-12-2016

Why is it actually worth for you to upgrade from an 980Ti AMP ?? I'd go for SLI 980Ti rather than single 1080.

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15:27 May-13-2016

So i can run it on air instead of water, giving me extra headrom for a CPU overclock.


Also, i like new tech. 980Ti is old now. :P


Still a beast tho!

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07:33 May-12-2016

What sources are they for this, I know there's only rumours but where did you find it?

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07:24 May-12-2016

I'm loving this news.
True competition at its finest and it makes me so happy.

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06:58 May-12-2016

I want a high end GPU that uses less than 100W, maybe one day :3

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04:52 May-12-2016

I will buy a Pc with Amd Zen cpu and a gtx 1080 or a r9 490x. I hope that Zen will be good.

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15:21 May-12-2016

expect they match haswell and with some additional oc matching skylake hope im right :)

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03:41 May-13-2016

some bench marks are putting the Athlon 845 in the same class or pretty near as the i3 2130, sooo 40% on top of that......

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03:05 May-12-2016

It has been 7 years since I bought an all AMD rig, but with AMD's Zen CPUs & Vega GPUs both launching by the end of this year it kind of makes me rethink my plans for my next rig. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but now I think that I will just have to wait & see what happens. ;)

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02:10 May-12-2016

I wonder, besides what's in a wonderball, I wonder if Vega 10 will be co launched with Zen, this is really indicating more reasonably priced workstation graphics cards with HBM are incoming potentially this year


unrelated note, my math for Vega 11 is, it's going to be a monster and the math is indicating it might be just a smidge behind the Pro Duo in terms of compute at only 1200mhz

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23:59 May-11-2016

Wow, just wow! Now this is the competition that we've all been waiting to happen for so many years. That's right AMD, keep Nvidea on it's toes! The more they slug it out, the more the consumer gets per price point.

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19:07 May-11-2016

Whats a good upgrade for my gpu? Although im probably gonna upgrade my cpu first.

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20:03 May-11-2016

another r9 390 :)

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21:19 May-11-2016

if I were you I wouldnt upgrade but if you absolutely want to I would only upgrade to the 1080ti or the vega GPUs. Very costly though..

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07:37 May-12-2016

upgrade your processor first

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18:02 May-11-2016

The new Polaris cards can't beat the 1080 which barely beats the Fury X then? :(

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18:12 May-11-2016

probably not but if they cant they are going to come at a much more attractive price point represeting good value for money :)

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17:10 May-11-2016

These are going to be the 1080ti/new titan competitors. The battle will be fierce. I am really hoping they announce the 490(x) at the end of may though.

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03:00 May-12-2016

That is exactly what I was thinking. The 1080ti & next Titan are supposed to be nVidia's HBM2 cards so most likely AMD's Vega will go head to head with them. It all sounds exciting because with AMD's Zen CPUs & Vega GPUs releasing by the end of this year people should be able to go with an all AMD rig without giving up any performance. Intel & nVidia have kind if kept the market hijacked for quite some time now, but it looks like AMD is finally being reborn. :D

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10:58 May-12-2016

haha, yeah full AMD rigs could be back in fashion with the release of zen :P

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16:36 May-11-2016

oh for the love of.. :-S


i had my sight set on a GTX 1070..but now i don't kno i mean the way i see it, the 1070 will release on the 10th june right? it'll then take like a month or 2 for third parties to release their versions right? that puts me around august...


will vega be announced in october? or will i be able to buy one?


if the latter should i just wait for vega? i mean vega will most definitely have HBM2.. :-S

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17:09 May-11-2016

yes it will have HBM2 but keep in mind that these cards wont be at the GTX 1070 price range. They will be higher. So if you want a GPU for 400$ these are out of budget.

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21:17 May-11-2016

lol i didn't even think of that..


i might end up with a 1070 then... cuz $400-450 us is the price range i'm looking at


i guess now i just wait for the benchmarks... thanks man!

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21:21 May-11-2016

yeah thats the thing. As for the Polaris GPUs I am not sure at what price range they will be. There are various rumours. But it will all be known until the GTX 1070 release so you can make up your mind. No problem :)

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16:17 May-11-2016

Will Vega be a new GPU architecture? I know it will be based on the finfet 14 nm fabrication process. Or will it just be a polaris GPU with HBM2. I don't know I find it pretty confusing to release two architectures so close to each other.

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16:27 May-11-2016

It's the same architecture just a larger die with more computer units etc.

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16:30 May-11-2016

Aaaah I see

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16:51 May-11-2016

Sorry, I meant compute units.

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20:42 May-11-2016

don't worry bro I got that :)$

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15:10 May-11-2016

what tears me is that i have mostly had an nvidia card but these cool Polaris and Vega cards are coming which might change that but i was just planning on getting a gsync monitor but you cant use that with amd and freesync respectively with nvidia cards. Can't we all be friends and have something that can be used with both ;-;

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16:29 May-11-2016

That would require three things; understanding, agreement and a coalition. Unfortunately the two biggest GPU manufacturing companies in the world aren't about the work together any time soon.

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16:45 May-11-2016

Well, it is mainly just one of those companies that is not willing to cooperate.

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16:52 May-11-2016

One must wonder, is it the company who's technology nomenclature begins with g or the one that begins with free...

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17:01 May-11-2016

Exactly! :)

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17:11 May-11-2016

would it be possible for a side company that not amd or nvidia to come in and manufacture something that would work for both. By working with the two companies

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18:38 May-11-2016

Technically possible yes but it won't happen since that product would be likely to outsell both G-Sync and Freesync monitors so neither AMD or Nvidia would support it.

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14:58 May-11-2016

take this as a good sign that the polaris 490x will be on point and the vega "2 fast 2 fury" will be blistering, hope amd have big sales figuers this year

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14:28 May-11-2016

Fantastic news, that'll make this a much tastier proposition for those who are wanting to upgrade to the upper echelon of AMDs 14nm products. I liked Nvidias announcement but I'm hotly anticipating the reveal from Team Red due to the upper hand on PPW and since they typically undercut the Greens on price.


Either way any upgrade is going to give you a significant increase in power over the equivalent or lower 28nm card but it may be worth holding out a few months for the initial rush to quieten and prices to drop; may even be worth waiting to see if Vega drops Polaris prices.

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14:22 May-11-2016

it starts to look pretty good for team red these days.im still waiting for them to release the new polaris so i can sell my gtx 970 and buy a new graphics card and 1440p monitor.

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14:18 May-11-2016

AMD's confidence tells me that we'll see great cards this year.

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14:00 May-11-2016

Now I don't know If I wait for Polaris or Vega, sh*t!

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14:05 May-11-2016

Want my opinion?

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15:01 May-11-2016

I think if you wait for them, there's already going to be something new by then

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15:17 May-11-2016

Yeah, +1.

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19:10 May-11-2016

I'm thinking about to get an R9 480 or GTX 1060 or something closer.

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