AMD Expected to Announce Radeon RX-490, First Benchmark Surfaces Online

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The rumors are getting stronger as we move closer to Vega’s launch time frame

We know that Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is busy prepping Vega for a release next year and it is expected that Radeon RX-490 will be the first GPU to be announced in the architecture lineup. Since a couple of days, the rumors surrounding RX-490 seem to have resurfaced and they suggest AMD may announce it sometime this month, possibly during the New Horizon event on December 13.

Ashes of the Singularity’s benchmark has become an interesting addition for unearthing unannounced GPUs. The online benchmark database was the same place where we learned about Radeon RX-480. Now, another unknown device ID has popped up in the benchmark, and judging by the rumors floating around, it is assumingly the upcoming RX-490.

The user has tested the GPU on multiple occasions and the most recent test using the Standard 1080p present in DX12 has resulted a score of 8,400 – that’s in the same zone as the GeForce GTX 1080. It should be noted that the GPU is not likely to be using final drivers which should improve performance.

There has been speculation that RX-490 might be a dual-GPU card, but that is very unlikely. In high possibility, it is based on Vega architecture. RX-490 is a high-end entry in AMD’s Radeon lineup, and Vega GPU family is built to feature high-end members – it’s a perfect match. RX-490 will sit in the Vega 10 segment, and according to previous reports, Vega 10 will feature 4096 Stream Processors, 64 Compute Units, 16GB HBM2 and 512 GB/s memory bandwidth.

AMD’s Polaris GPU lineup features only entry-level and mid-range GPUs; the high-end segment is still unoccupied. First Vega-based GPU is confirmed to release sometime in the first half of 2017, and in all likelihood, it will release in the first quarter.

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