AMD Arctic Islands FinFET GPU Series Coming out in Summer 2016
AMD’s next-generation “Arctic Islands” GPUs family represents the first major leap from current generation thanks to the transition to the smaller node. Featuring the 14nm FinFET technology, rather than the aging 28nm process, the new Arctic Islands GPU is expected to have atleast double the performance per watt compared to the current Fiji lineup.
Rumors surrounding Arctic Islands have been making rounds for quite a while, however nothing concrete about their release timeframe has surfaced – that is, until today. A report from WCCFTech has confirmed that the company is planning to introduce their next-gen 14nm / 16nm family of graphics cards in the summer of 2016. No specific details are revealed yet, including what the new series will actually be called, though “400 series” is currently used based on a common sense judging form past releases.
If an earlier report is to be believed, AMD has tapped out first prototypes carrying Greenland GPU architecture – an alleged codename for the Arctic Islands’ flagship that will cater to performance enthusiasts looking to build an extreme PC system. The Greenland is said to pack around 18 billion transistors (up from the 8.9 billion found on the Fiji GPU), connected to 16 and 32GB HBM2 memory, in single and dual-GPU configuration, coupled with over 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth.
Based on the above numbers, we are looking at somewhere around 8192 stream processors for the big GPU, and around the 6700 mark for the smaller chip, which include Ellesmere and Baffin – both of which are designed to target the performance and mainstream market segments. That means you can rest assued 4K 60FPS in every single game out right now without any hassle, as well as a seamless experience on the VR headsets.
The launch is still pretty far ahead, so we’ll keep on updating you with more information on the subject. Stay tuned!
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