AMD’s Arctic Islands GPU will offer Double the Performance per Watt of Fury X
AMD has announced that their next-gen Arctic Islands GPU will have atleast double the performance per watt compared to the current generation Fiji lineup.
It seems that the GPUs in 2016 are set for a major performance jump from current gen thanks to the transition to the smaller node. Earlier, it was rumored that Nvidia’s upcoming Pascal will have 17 Billion transistors, which is more than twice as many as the Maxwell flasghip; and now AMD CEO Lisa Su made the following statement at the company’s recently held earnings call:
We are also focused on delivering our next generation GPUs in 2016 which is going to improve performance per watt by two times compared to our current offerings, based on design and architectural enhancements as well as advanced FinFET products process technology.
We don’t know much details about the upcoming Arctic Islands GPU at this moment, except from the fact that it’ll feature HBM2 with over 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth, and some refreshing speed upgrades over the supremely powerful Radeon R9 Fury X. The alleged codename of the Arctic Islands’ flagship is ‘Greenland’ and if the latest news is to be believed, we are looking at about a 100% jump.
So what exactly does that enormous jump bring to the table? Well we can expect 4K 60FPS in every single game out right now without any hassle, as well as a seamless experience on the VR headsets.
The Greenland is said to pack around 18 billion transistors, up from the 8.9 billion found on the Fiji GPU. That means we’ll see somewhere around 8192 stream processors for the big GPU, and around the 6700 mark for the smaller chip – which are pretty impressive figures, aren’t they?
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