The successor to Polaris will introduce high-end GPUs to the market
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMD) Radeon RX-480’s launch has carved the path for upcoming GPUs. Vega, which is the successor to AMD’s current Polaris architecture and will lead the way next year, as per the company’s official roadmap shared earlier this year.
Fudzilla is reporting that the first GPU in Vega 10 lineup could see a release as early as Q1 2017 or in the first half of 2017. The report goes in line with AMD’s official roadmap which projects Vega’s arrival for Q1 2017. Last month, Radeon Technology Group’s Raja Koduri met with Vega’s development team in Taiwan to celebrate a new milestone. The milestone is something no one knows about but it should be a big one considering it called for a celebration.
In light of this news, anticipation rose that Vega could see a launch earlier, but the excitement was shot down when Raja Koduri said Vega is still a long way to go. Now the report confirms this that we should not expect Vega to launch before next year. AMD is keeping 2016 exclusively for Polaris 10 and Polaris 11.
Speaking of Polaris 10, there was a common assumption that we could see the addition of RX-490, which will fill the high-end slot that is currently left open. This GPU will be the answer to NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) GTX 1070. But a recent revelation has ruled out any possibility for RX-490 in Polaris 10. AMD’s Senior Product Manager, Evan Groenke, confirmed that Polaris 10’s full configuration has 36 Compute Units. Unless there is another Polaris performance segment that AMD has kept under wraps, RX-490 is not happening in Polaris.
Now that Vega is the only logical candidate for a high-end entry and it is going to be a pretty long wait for AMD fans. High-Bandwidth Memory 2 will be introduced with Vega, but it’s unlikely AMD will adopt such as expensive solution for a GPU like RX-490. It is reserved for Fiji successors that will take on NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 Ti.