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.