First AMD Polaris GPUs Spotted on Zauba – 2 different Polaris Chips, Each with 2 GPUs
AMD recently announced its fourth generation GCN architecture, known as Polaris, at the CES 2016. Built using a 14nm FinFET fabrication process, the upcoming architecture packs a new memory controller as well as new multimedia cores, promising huge power efficiencies, improved speeds, and better leakage characteristics.
AMD didn’t share when they will be launching the first Polaris GPUs in the market, but some previous reports suggested new products could come out in two months’ time. While that might appear pretty sooner than expected, AMD has already begun shipping Polaris GPUs from the foundries.
Based on the information from the Indian import tracking portal Zauba, two different Polaris chips (or families), each with 2 different SKUs, shipped from Hong Kong to India. In each of the two pairs, the one with the biggest value is the full Polaris GPU while the other one is the same GPU but with some shaders/cores disabled.
Polaris chip #1
GPU #1 – Board number C981: This one is the full Polaris chip.
GPU #2 – Board number C980: Disabled shaders/cores.
Polaris chip #2:
GPU #3 – Board number C924: Full chip
GPU #4 – Board number C913: Disabled shaders/cores
It is expected that the initial Polaris GPUs will be aimed at enabling performance-levels in laptops and low-end gaming PCs. That will help them build upon the technology and allow thin, light-weight laptops pack a heftier punch thanks to the 14nm FinFET design.
Microsoft’s Surface Book for example. In theory, one should be able to squeeze Polaris chip to fit into something as thin as the Surface Book allowing better control of power leakage while offering more performance.